Recently, I had the privilege and honor of attending a close friend’s wedding near San Antonio, Texas. Here’s a dual picture of us in the 3rd grade and then as High School graduates…

So there we were, Matt and Matt, reunited once again to celebrate this big step in his life. It was a great weekend filled with laughter, good memories and hot, humid weather!!!! It was an outdoor wedding with perfect weather and in this beautiful venue that came equipped with an outdoor chapel surrounded with blooming wildflowers, a pavilion with the most delicious maple-cured bacon ever, and an indoor reception hall that’s also used for professional photo shoots for hot rods like the one below which was just resting in the groom’s prep room.

Here are some pics from the wedding festivities…

 

 

Awww……

Matt and I have had one of those friendships where we could not see each other for years and then reunite as if it had been only a day. So I’m very thankful to God for his friendship and our rendezvous and I wish him the best in his marriage.

But the weekend wasn’t over after that! I decided to spend a full weekend there since I was shelling out some good money for plane tickets. So Saturday I borrowed Matt’s car (Thanks Matt!…haha) and began roaming the streets of San Antone. Of course, I had to stop for a classic vanilla shake at Whataburger and I may or may not have found a sweet striped shop at a Thrift Store…

Then that night, while I was running some errands for Matt, some seriously incredible thunderstorms passed over the city! I had forgotten how much I love thunderstorms and especially driving in them. So here I was, surrounded by lightning and sections of road partially flooding barely seeing 20 feet in front of the car due to the heavy rains while singing at the top of my lungs with the biggest smile on my face. Here are some pics from that travel when I was stopped or rolling at a racing 10 mph…

    

 

Then Sunday came and I was able to meet up with a friend and fellow Dweller/YAVer, Ashley, to hang out in Downtown San Antonio. We walked the Riverwalk for several miles then hung out in the city’s center for a bit soaking in the sun! That weekend happened to be the weekend of the annual Fiesta in San Antonio and there were events throughout the entire weekend. We decided to go to Mission Fest, the final official concert of the Fiesta held at a Historic Catholic Mission site where famous Tejano musicians and singers performed and celebrated the rich San Antonio culture! Some of these artists were even Grammy winners and all of them were amazing! Since Ashley is a HUGE fan and literally knows just about EVERYTHING when it comes to music, guitars and Tejano culture, I was able to learn A LOT! We walked around through the booths and games and paused behind the stage area to wait for some of the musicians to exit so we could ask for an autograph… we didn’t know what we were getting into…

          

After several hours of incredible conversations, autographs and a little sunburn, we came across a couple wearing VIP passes who were leaving the event. We were actually sitting in their seats accidentally and so we got up. On their way out, they handed us their VIP passes and the day just got CRAZY! Right at this moment, we ran into Augie Meyers (one of the Beatles’ greatest American influences) whom Ashley had actually met at a record shop the day before. He remembered us and we walked with him to his car to get some things while enjoying some more great conversation. Then we JOINED him and his wife in the VIP room to meet other performers and share about our lives over handfuls of pork BBQ tacos and the Texas favorite soda: Big Red!

 

So the evening and night continued wonderfully and my favorite part (aside from the incredible music) was simply having real, honest conversations with people not about their careers, or their tours but their lives, their mistakes, their funny memories and about their family. Midnight arrived all-t00-quickly and we  started saying our farewells. We were thanked for simply being there and listening to their lives and stories and not asking a thousand questions like “What was it like to work with the Beatles?” etc though we did discuss music a lot since it was a great passion of their lives. We walked away completely in awe and astounded that the day became as epic as it turned out to be. I took Ashley back to their house, said hello to the other Dwellers then made my way back to my friend’s house to prepare for the return journey to Denver the following morning.

If you get the chance, you MUST go visit San Antonio and dive into the beautiful culture there. The music will get you dancing and the food will satisfy every taste bud! And that was my crazy awesome weekend in San Antonio…