Gruene, TX | Travel Diary

“You May Go To Hell, & I Will Go To Texas.” ~ Davy Crockett

Summer is the season for birthday’s…

It’s taken me a little while to get around to this post. I’ve been doing some nonstop travel. I recently did a travel post on L.A., and as soon as I got back to Houston, I was already preparing for another quick getaway. Another one of my BFF’s, (Kelly) turned 30. We’ve been friends since we were 11. She’s a wonderful person in every aspect of the word.

She decided that she wanted to celebrate her birthday 3 hours down the street in New Braunsfel’s to see The Natural Bridge Caverns. It’s about 30 minutes away from San Antonio. I was super excited. I was able to go to the caverns last year in Virginia, and I had the BEST time.

I left Friday evening right after work, and to say I was tired would be an understatement. I stayed with some family and was greeted with fajitas, margaritas, and trés leche. If you know hispanic families, you know eating is a necessity when arriving. You can’t say no! I never turn fajitas or margaritas down anyway. However, it put me in a food coma.

The next day my friends drove down and we met in Gruene. I LOVE Gruene!!! It’s a small, beautiful town. Once a significant cotton-producing community along the Guadalupe River. The town is brought to life by the music you hear at Gruene Hall. It was built in 1878, and is one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. The entire time I was thinking ‘Why did I leave my cowboy boots? Why don’t I have a pair in the trunk?’ I couldn’t wait to stomp and make some noise.

We ended up having lunch at the Gristmill Restaurant. This place is gorgeous. It’s surrounded by Oak Trees, and sits right on the river. It’s kind of like a tree house. The food was served in a big portion. I had Salmon, salad, and grilled veggies. It was really hot out, and I didn’t want to eat anything heavy, but I did want something that would give me energy for the walk we were going to be doing at the Caverns.

Once we got to the Natural Bridge Caverns, we were all pretty psyched. We did have to wait an hour before our tour started, so we did what any group of people would do. We bought cards and wine and played Gin until it was time to go!!!

The caverns were really beautiful on the inside. We couldn’t touch anything because that was a 3rd degree felony. I’m a little rebellious so I have a tendency of doing the opposite of what I was told. I don’t do bars though. Kelly also reminded me that my’ASS’ would go to prison and even if she did defend me in court I would serve time. Some lawyer! lol.

Towards the end of the tour we went up an incline that had my my body BURNING. I could feel my muscles breaking down. It was a real workout. Once we saw the light and stepped outside, Texas disrespected us with 105 degree weather. By the time we got to our cars we were all exhausted and in need of a shower and a nap. We had the absolute best time though.


L.A. | Travel Diary

“Bumping California Love On The West Side…” ~ T.I.

You know the rest of the lyrics to that quote…

One of my best friend’s turned 30, and I couldn’t wait to get back to L.A. to celebrate with him. We have been friends for 19 years, and he’s been there for me through everything under the moon and the stars in the sky. There was no way I was going to miss his special day. I took a 7 A.M. flight early Friday morning at his request. I’m not a morning person, but all of his wishes were being granted just because it was his special day.

I landed around 9 A.M. that morning, and met up with my friend Antwon who flew in from Atlanta and arrived the same time. It was a little chilly when we arrived, but that quickly changed. I planned to be cute the entire trip, and ended up wearing T-shirts, jeans, and kicks everyday. So moving on… We met up with Dwain, and as soon as he said “I have a surprise for you!” – He pulled out some customized decorated flasks with our names on them, and in that moment I knew my life was over and that I was probably gonna die! The first thing on his list of things to do was grab early morning michelada’s and mimosa’s. I’m not complaining, because I’m down for those two things ANY time!

We later headed to The Parlor out on Melrose for a quick dinner and some drinks before hitting the town. I had their Salmon. I wasn’t disappointed. There were amazing views of L.A., live music, and just overall good vibes.

Saturday morning Antwon and I took advantage of Dwain ‘sleeping in’ and headed to The 14th Factory. Simon Burch had the most incredible exhibit. It was personally my favorite part of the trip. I literally lost myself in the art and design in each part of the factory.

Later that day we headed to change, drink some Frosé’s, and danced the night away at The Abbey. Yea it’s a gay bar! They had Frosé though! Lol! It’s actually diverse. I had the best time.

By Sunday I was working on very little energy, but we met up with some close friends and had the most amazing brunch at The Church Key. Bottomless Bellini’s were calling my name. Their Chicken and Waffles was a staple on their menu. I also had a side of fried eggs, and Jalapeño’s. If you know me then you get it. We were there having the best time catching up, singing, laughing and just enjoying each other while celebrating Dwain.

Listen- When I tell you by Monday I was ready to go! LoL!!! I literally partied the entire weekend, and I couldn’t wait to get home to get some well deserved R&R. Before my flight we headed to Santa Monica to relax on the beach before it was time for me to head to the airport. My guy’s know I’m a mermaid at heart, so I refused to leave without heading to at least one beach! It was hot as hell outside and I was sweating out my blowout, so I needed a beach.

On the way back Dwain begged me to move back. To be honest, I didn’t realize just how much I missed the west coast until I was there. Who knows though…