Road Trip

I'm in San Antonio for my summer music convention. This is the slow convention compared to the one I attend in February. I challenged myself to take two mirror project photos each day. We will see how I do. I actually ended up taking more photos than I expected so here we go with a little photo essay. I'd love to say this will happen each day, but we will just have to see. All photos taken with the Fuji Finepix F20.

I decided to stop at the infamous Buc-ees on the way in. Just imagine the must over the top, gaudy, stereotypical Texas, roadside gas station. Then add about 10% and you got it. One section of the store is a typical convenience store with snacks and refrigerated cases. The other end of the store is a Texas tourist shop with over the top country items. I even saw something that cost $300. In the middle is a deli/bakery/hot foods counter. The baking bread smelled wonderful and I bought an apple lattice that was very good. I can see why this would be a popular stop on a road trip. Much better than the greasy fast food fare that normally goes with road trips.

You know I am interested in soaps even if I can't use them.
They had the most interesting varieties including mesquite!

Bah. No one said the two mirror projects would be GOOD. But did I mention TEXAS!

I didn't realize there were so many varieties of jerky, but I see now that I was wrong.

Looking at the ingredients I'm sure these are probably good (crunchy and sweet),
but the name just amuses the hell out of me as it probably is supposed to.

I am staying at the Crockett Hotel for the first time. It has a really great history that I recommend you read. It is owned by the same company that runs the Menger which is my favorite place to stay during convention. I like the Crockett so far, but then again I love history.


This is the new hotel that is being built at the convention center. I am sure it will be a frequent target of my camera because of the bright colors and angled architecture. Plus it will give me something to do while waiting to cross the street. It is funny to take pictures here because the crowd of choir and orchestra directors are so used to everything since we come twice a year. It really makes me look like some kind of dorky tourist.

This is more like it in the mirror project department. Thank goodness for the drug store so that I can buy the things I forgot (this time it was deodorant). I always forget something and it is funny to wander the aisles looking at all the items that are crammed in the store and to watch the people who are obviously in the same boat scanning the shelves for that can't-go-without-it item.

That's it for this evening. There is a slight possibility that I might actually be asleep before midnight. That hasn't happened in a long time, but it is just as well since I need to get back on the school schedule. First session is tomorrow morning at 8 am. Pop and Jazz new music reading session. You should hear people try to sight read pop music at 8 in the morning.

An evening walk

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