Where, but in Texas…can 25 friends hop on a bus and travel an hour northwest of San Antonio into the hill country to Bandera – “Cowboy Capital of the World?” We did just that this past Wednesday as we spent the late afternoon exploring the quaint cowboy town before gathering at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar for Steak Night – where people bring their own steaks to grill on Texas-sized barbeque grills and are provided with sides – salad, baked potato, and dinner roll – for only $7! You may only bring in liquor and purchase setups, but they only sell beer, wine, and water in the bar.
Known as the “biggest little bar in Texas,” when you walk into the bar you see bras of all sizes hanging from the ceiling in a very small area. Steak Night, however, was occurring “out back” in a very large patio area boasting a large bandstand, from which we enjoyed the music of T. Kaye and Sweetfire. They describe themselves as “Country Music…with an Edge!” The lead singer was the 2014 CMA of Texas Female Artist of the Year and she and the band could really crank out that country music!
But. let’s back up a bit… our first stop in Bandera was at Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar Saloon located right on Main Street and recognizable by its red door, that when opened, leads down a flight of stairs into a dark bar, filled with Texas artifacts.
Where, but in Texas, can you find…
- only the best wine and the finest wine glasses!
- Bill’s western idol John, waiting to pose for a picture!
- a telephone booth, complete with a princess phone!
- chickens to greet you on the outside patio!
- a sawdust dance floor and very cold beer!
After having a drink at Arkey Blue’s, we stopped in a few shops and then made our way back to the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, where we spent a wonderful night working on our Texas Two-Step and even tried our feet at a waltz and jitterbug! Bill grilled the steaks perfectly and the company was awesome. Later that evening, we piled back into our bus and had no worries, as we were escorted back to Traveler’s World – truly another unique Texas adventure!
Also this week we had the opportunity to reunite with Sue and Doug Nelson, another workamper couple we worked with at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida. We have both had varying experiences since then but have managed to keep in touch and actually see each other whenever our paths crossed. They recently bought a home in Lake Canyon – remember my post about that area – and have decided to take their fifth wheel off the road for a while.
They had never been to the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio, so after meeting us at Travelers World we took the bus downtown and hit the Happy Hour at Bar 601 at the very top of the 750-foot-tall edifice. It turned out to be a beautiful and clear afternoon, so we took in the sights, sipped on some cocktails, and caught up on each other’s lives.
All in all – and in the midst of coronavirus craziness – we had yet another wonderful week in Texas!
Stay Calm and Travel On … and keep washing those hands!