Thursday, January 2, 2014

1-2-2014 New Year's in San Antonio, TX

We didn't know prior to Christmas that Eric's brother Dan, his wife Stephanie, and several friends had planned to meet in San Antonio, Texas for New Year's.  We had already planned to drive to Austin, so it only made sense to meet up with them as well, since San Antonio is only about an hour from Austin.  We all made it to San Antonio the day before New Year's Eve, and we stayed for three nights.  We enjoyed lots of eating, drinking, walking on the Riverwalk, the free street party at Hemisfair park, and the Alamo.

Night view of the Riverwalk - all the trees have lights in them, and it's beautiful.
Oh, it's the Mariachi Band again.  Better get out my wallet...
The Mariachi Band at Rita's on the Riverwalk was a huge hit!
One of the crazy drinks at Howl at the Moon
The Alamo
Live Oak tree in a courtyard at the Alamo
Daytime view of the San Antonio Riverwalk
The guys
The infamous blinking hats, that thankfully did not cause a seizure in anyone.
The free festivities at Hemisfair Park.  It was crazy crowded, with probably more than 200,000 people!
More of the free festivities near Hemisfair Park.
Arneson River Theatre on the Riverwalk - just finishing up a performance on New Year's Eve.
Arneson River Theater
This was one crowded plaza the night before on New Year's Eve.  On New Year's Day it's a quaint old courtyard again.
Old building in La Villita area of San Antonio
Another old building in La Villita
Hugman Dam on the Riverwalk
The Locks & Dam at the west end of the Riverwalk
Beautiful bench by the Southwest School of Art.  It's right on the Riverwalk - how inspiring!
Another awesome bench along the Riverwalk
A "hidden" waterfall at a hotel on the Riverwalk
Another view of the "hidden" waterfall
The Alamo at night
Christmas Tree in front of The Alamo
Part of the plaza that is all lit up in front of The Alamo

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