Adobe Spark and photos

Love the app Adobe Spark Post ( Adobe Spark Post by Adobe https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-spark-post/id1051937863?mt=8 ).I use it with photos I have taken to create images with special sayings, inspirational quotes, and Scriptures. The one above was taken at the lily pond in Tin Cup, CO. The ones below were taken at Asilomar Beach, CA.

Asilomar State Beach, CA

While not a local (or even Texas) beach, I decided to do mid-week posts on past travels and photos I took there. One of my favorite places I visited last year is Asilomar State Beach, bear Monterey, CA (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=566)

I took Grace and Matthew to visit Sofia in Monterey over Memorial Day weekend in 2018. Sofia is in the Air Force and we decided to visit her so we could spend time with her and check out what I had heard was a beautiful place. No lie, the entire area is really amazing.

But for the sake of this entry, I will be focusing on Asilomar State Beach. Sofia had gone to this beach before and sent me a couple of pictures that were really amazing. So while we were visiting her, she took us out just before sunset. This place exhibited one of the absolutely most stunning sunsets I have ever seen. The site of the sun going down over the ocean and the rocky beach, was peaceful, beautiful……..and I honestly cannot even describe it in words. I pretty much just snapped pictures nonstop. I really didn’t want to leave the beach, but the sight of my shivering children told me it was time to go.

If you ever get the chance to go to the Monterey/Pebble Beach/Carmel area, be sure to visit this gorgeous place, especially at sunset. 

Boerne, TX: less than we expected

This past weekend, Chuck and I visited Boerne, TX. We had heard about what a great, small town Boerne is and how we would find some cool shops and such. We thought we could kill two birds with one stone: spend time together moseying through the town and get some pictures of Chuck for his music page (www.chuckwimermusic.com). So we ventured out. Of course the trip out we had traffic, lots of traffic, due to the never-ending construction on I-10. However, we were not in any hurry so we just jumped on the frontage road and enjoyed the ride (btw: MUCH faster than actually staying on the interstate).

Anyways, back to Boerne. We arrive in Boerne and find this cute Episcopalian church, St. Helena’s Episcopal Church. Chuck’s attention was caught by the part that looked like a tower of a castle. It was a cool little area to take some pictures. Definitely recommend the little courtyard across the street from the church office to take pictures. Great setting and neat little fountain.

From there we parked on Main Street and began our walk. One thing we noticed right away was that there are LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of antique stores. If you love to hunt down antiques then this is the place for you. Us, not so much. We enjoyed the shops that were not quite to so cluttered or had a more specific motif. The Christmas Shoppe ( https://thechristmasshoppetx.com) was one of my favorites. No matter what time of year it is, Christmas stores are always fun to look through. Flashback Funtiques (https://www.facebook.com/flashbackfuntiquesboerne/) is a cool antique shop with jukeboxes, gas pumps, pinball machines, and more. Definitely out of our price range, but there were some neat old time things in that store. For the music lovers (which of course Chuck is) we found the Hillje Music Center (https://hilljemusic.com/). A small selection of acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, and amplifiers can be found at a reasonable price. My favorite store that we found (and actually spent money at) was Casa Décor (https://www.facebook.com/casadecortx). This was a huge store of handmade furniture that comes from Mexico. Great selections and awesome quality. We purchased a new wooden entertainment cabinet. They had a sale of 50% off furniture (hence the purchase). The customer service was amazing. We had to drive home to get the van since the piece didn’t fit in the car. When we got back to the store, they had the piece shrink wrapped and loaded it into the van. I will definitely go back to purchase additional items later.

We found what we thought was a park, but was actually this cool little “Veterans Plaza”. We spent some time reading the names on the bricks and reading the pillars.

Now the not so good. Like I said earlier, there were LOTS of antique stores. Too much in one shop at most of the stores. I wasn’t even sure where to look. I was expecting the same small town feel we had when we went to Bandera the week before (that entry will come later, when we revisit the town). That was not the case with Boerne. Don’t get me wrong, the Main St. shopping is definitely small town, just not the same.

We stopped at Bear Moon Bakery and Café for lunch and coffee. This was at the suggestion of some random guy on the street. We were disappointed with the bakery selection. The word “bakery” was misleading. There were some cookies, croissants, and donuts. A few cakes to choose from. But overall, not the selection of bakery items one would expect from a place that has the word “bakery” in it. So we decided to order lunch instead. Ummmm, their menu selection was about as limited as their bakery selection. Prices were decent, and portion sizes were pretty good based on what we saw going out to other customers. But the lunch choices were not our cup of tea. I enjoyed a cup of coffee while Chuck had a coke and then we went on our way.

I am glad we ventured to Boerne because I got my new furniture piece, but it is definitely not a place we would visit again, unless Chuck has a show at one of the places. Again, I am not saying it’s not a place to check out. You will probably find something you enjoy. You will check out something new. Take the adventure and enjoy the ride!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us! We hope to update you all at least once a week. It is our goal to finally visit some of the local places in and around San Antonio and the Hill Country (though there will be times we will venture out of the area or out of state). We plan to share the good, the bad and the ugly 😊. I will be documenting these travels with my own photography.  If you have ideas for us to check out, let us know. We are open to new places.

“They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.” Proverbs 3:23

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton