Today was my RDO…all the truck and bus drivers get them! I know we haven't been going long but I know that for the next week, it's a minimum of 4 hours per day so I think a day off is allowed! So, a lazy morning followed by a walk into Gruene. It's an old town, registered as a historic landmark. It was less than a half mile walk up a hill, across the Guadalupe River. We did a bit of shopping and browsing (shops called things such as Cotton Eyed Joe's and a bar called Mozzie's). We stopped for some wine tasting at the Grapevine, and they had some good ones too, before heading for an early dinner at the Gristmill Bar & Restaurant. It has the most magnificent view of the Guadalupe River - it almost feels like you are in an enormous tree house overlooking the river.
We had a really nice waitress who helped us with menu choices - we had fresh lime juice margarita's (awesome) and some great food! We didn't want to leave but figured we'd spent enough time there and there was one more stop for wine tasting before heading back quickly…this place however was a bit of a joke to us! Other people in there were oohing and aahing over the wine, which we all though tasted like bad cordial…we told them all they needed to visit Australia to learn what a real wine tastes like!
After dropping all the shopping off, we headed back into Gruene to the Gruene Hall, where there is live music and dancing every night of the year. Tonight was Bo Porter (and the rest of his band, Dewey and Huck) and they were pretty good playing loads of requests. Emma got a photo with Clint the Cowboy, who it turns out was actually a marine back home for some R&R.
A great day all round. Gruene is beautiful and if anyone is ever near San Antonio, you have to pop in for a visit!