San Marcos, Texas

MEEThinks   September 10, 2015   No Comments on San Marcos, Texas

Our TOFW a couple of years ago was listed as being held in Austin, Texas.  It was actually going to be held in San Marcos, which is kind of between Austin and San Antonio.  I’d never been there, so I decided to “Google” it and find out more about it.

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I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  I was on the phone with one of my brothers (Frank), reading it to him, and haven’t you had the experience of sharing something that’s not “too” funny, but when you both start laughing, you just can’t stop…. We realized it was all done “tongue in cheek,” and that whoever wrote this was having a bunch of fun and was SO CLEVER!  See if you agree… and I hope it makes you smile out loud!  Love, MEE  (And by the way, it was a terrific TOFW, and my only disappointment was that I couldn’t find postcards with Ralph the swimming pig on them.

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Our event was held in the Embassy Suites and Conference Center, in the Veramendi Ballroom. And this place is ranked #1 of 26 hotels in San Marcos, ahead of Best Budget Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Howard Johnson, Best Wester, and Motel 6! Whether you’re planning that family summer vacation, your next romantic getaway, a girls’ shopping marathon, or A professional conference with all the bells and whistles (such as TOFW!), San Marcos always has something to celebrate.  Conveniently located in Central Texas between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos truly is in the center of everything.  So… no matter where you are, you won’t have far to go! San Marcos has been a favorite destination for more than 12,000 years!

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This is reportedly the longest continuously inhabited site in North America, according to an underwater archeologist.  With a population of more than 45,000, San Marcos boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Hispanic, African-American, German, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life!  Texas State University-San Marcos is Texas’ fifth largest university with more than 34,000 students.  Celebrate our Bobcat pride. Every day is a great day to be a Bobcat!  A mini attraction in its own right is the San Marcos Tourist Information Center!  [A small renovated home]. It offers a full-time, local staff to assist visitors by answering questions, giving directions, and passing out brochures, maps and discount coupons!  We welcome visitors, allowing them to catch up on special events, get directions, and learn about the city’s history, arts, restaurants, attractions, neighborhoods, shopping and nightlife.  Just another day in paradise – the sun shines 300 days a year!  Our hometown heroes include Lyndon B. Johnson: The 36th President of the United States, George Strait: County music superstar, and Heloise: Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. AND!  RALPH the swimming PIG debuted DEBUTED at Aquarena Springs in 1969 and continued his show business career as an international tourism sensation until his retirement in 1994!

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With so many things to attract you to San Marcos, it can be hard to choose what to do first. Why not take to the skies? Skydiving will give you the thrill of a lifetime with a tandem skydive experience. Or you can always enjoy a hot air balloon or helicopter ride to see the sights. More interested in what’s happening beneath the surface?  Marvel at underwater marine life and watch hundreds of springs bubble up to form the headwaters of the San Marcos river from a glass bottom boat at Aquarena center (where Ralph the swimming pig made his debut!) Want a more personal experience? Glass bottom kayak tours are available on Spring Lake. Stop in at Dick’s classic garage car museum:  Americans fell in love with the car industry, and Dick’s classic garage car museum salutes that love affair right here in San Marcos.  Lions club tube rental:  what a perfect way to float your cares away… bring the family, gather the old college pals, or plan a romantic tube trip for just the two of you!  Cheatham street warehouse: music aficionados of all ages are welcome to step into the old warehouse. Live music most nights.  Listen to the stars of tomorrow.  You will be able to say you heard them here first!  Texas music theater:  the Texas music theater is a world-class listening room with state of the art acoustics, two levels, three full bars, box and premium seating, standing room for up to 1,000 music fans, and . . .  smoke-free for most events!

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It’s a great place in a great state, and I’d love to meet the one who wrote the description (I’ve only included about half of it… aren’t you glad?). I hope to go back to San Marcos some day and visit the Tourist Information Center and a few other places.  GO BOBCATS!!  (The 1-cent stamp was introduced in San Marcos! – the one with the Bobcat)

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