A Weekend Getaway to San Antonio

This past weekend, we are able to escape the DFW Metroplex for a little Mommy/Daddy getaway. Lennox got to stay home with her Grandma & Papa (and hang out with her awesome cousin Henry). Some may feel bad about leaving Lennox for a few day, but I know she had so much fun with everyone – I didn’t feel that bad 😉

san-antonio-riverwalkAnyway, we headed down to San Antonio for a quick getaway. San Antonio is about 5 hours south of where we live and only 20 miles or so from New Braunfels where we vacationed this summer as a family! It is a nice area and actually very different from the Dallas / Ft. Worth area. We were able to stay at the really nice JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It was the perfect place stay for a long weekend getaway. It was however the slow season so not everything was open and there was no hustle bustle around the resort, but in a way that was nice. It was quiet and relaxing. Everything about this resort was nice (except the hefty golf fees for a dead course this time of year). We had planned to maybe do a little more in the area, but actually sometimes just walking around the resort and sitting and relaxing is the type of weekend / getaway you need!

JW Marriott San AntonioOne thing we did get to do on the way home was stop at the Natural Bridge Caverns. This summer we went to he Natural Bridge Wildlife Safari (which is right next door to the Caverns). The Natural Bridge Caverns is an underground tour of limestone caverns that have been around for 1000’s of years but only discovered a little over 50 years ago!

natural-bridge-caverns-05A little history taken from the Natural Bridges website:

“In March of 1960, Orion Knox Jr., Preston Knodell, Al Brandt and Joe Cantu, four college students from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, obtained permission to explore the area that is now Natural Bridge Caverns. The students were convinced that large underground passages existed under the amazing 60-foot limestone bridge. On their fourth expedition, Orion felt a cool draft from a rubble-filled crawlway. Such air currents often indicate the presence of additional rooms or passages.”

natural-bridge-cavernsTo their much amazement, they found some of the largest cavern rooms in Texas that are 1000’s of years old!

natural-bridge-caverns-02It really was quite amazing inside. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Pictures don’t really do it justice. It is huge! It is about 70 degrees inside and there is 99.9% humidity! We walked down some stairs and ramps that eventually brought us to 180 feet below ground (that is about 18 stories). I wasn’t sure how it would feel to be that far down, but you really couldn’t tell how far down you were. There is no weather, light, living plants, etc down there — but they have installed artificial lights – imagine if the lights were to go off, how dark it truly would be!!

natural-bridge-caverns-03We went through the hour tour and then made our way back up to the surface – an awesome tour that I would recommend to anyone who is in the area! I would love to do some of the other tours they have that go into different areas and you do get to experience total darkness (scary!)

natural-bridge-caverns-04Have you ever gone to Natural Bridges or any other caverns? What do you think – could you go that far down into the ground?

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