And…..We’re off!!!!!!!!!

LOCATION:  Castroville, Texas – just west of San Antonio
CAMPGROUND:  – Not really a campground, but a Harvest Host site.  Medina Winery.  Lovely, rural location with a cute indoor/outdoor tasting room. As with all HH sites, it is free, but we opted to park in a site with electricity for $10.  Flat and gravel.  Beautiful view of farmland.  5 stars out of 5
DRIVING DISTANCE:  6 hours

There were a ton of last-minute things to do to get ready to hit the road.   Our target departure time was 11:00, and we managed to leave Retama Village at 11:45, not too shabby. 

Our first stop was lunch at Caro’s in Rio Grande City, a restaurant that had been recommended to us.  They are famous for their unusual puffy tortillas.  Parking was a little tight.  A policeman eating in the restaurant rushed out to tell us we were about to run into a customer’s car.  She came out to move it, so we were  ok.  We shared a Puffy Taco Platter…..

We had to maneuver around a gigantic pothole in front of the restaurant after lunch, then Google took us through the town and on a gravel road until we hit the highway.  Guess who was driving?????

The drive took longer than we had expected as there was a lot of road construction, including several stops where a pilot car had to guide us through a one-lane only section.  The countryside was pretty desolate most of the way.  We passed through several sad-looking towns.  The road excitement was  spotting 3 dead javalinas and one dead dear along the way.  The caracara birds (fairly rare) were munching on the dead bits..

We also spotted a roadrunner. 

We pulled in to the winery about 6:30.  Its twinkling patio lights welcomed us. We got set up, then went inside for a glass of wine.  The owner/wine-maker graciously poured us a tempranillo and a sangiovese.  They were both nice.  We bought a bottle of a white – Blanc deBois – to drink later in the week with seafood.   We just love Harvest Hosts.  This is night #62 with Harvest Hosts.  If any reader is interested in joining, let me know as I can get you a discount (and I will get a rebate). 

DINNER:  I had made a shrimp/pasta casserole while still in Retama Village.  I warmed it up in the oven.  It was nice to have something already prepared.  Side dish was arugula salad and tomatoes.  George is finishing off some Caesar salad dressing (thanks to friend Tony’s recipe!) 

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