We grilled burgers when they arrived Friday evening, and we grilled steaks before they left on Sunday. On Saturday, we wanted to get out. The kids needed to pick up some things at Walmart and Sam's Wholesale Club, so those were our first stops. We then enjoyed lunch at CiCi's Pizza Buffet. Donna and I really enjoy CiCi's; it is probably our favorite pizza buffet. From time to time, they run a $5 buffet for an entire month, and that is really a good deal, especially when you can put away as much pizza as Donna can. A local magician was at CiCi's making balloon animals and other things for the kids, and Xander took home a balloon creation.
After lunch, we drove out to San Angelo State Park. Courtney had hiked the park with Donna and I when she was a youngster 20 or so years ago, but I don't think she has been to the park since then; I don't think Michael and Xander had ever been there. Xander is active in Boy Scouts, and Michael is an adult leader in that group, so they are always looking for camping and hiking opportunities, and I thought they would enjoy seeing what the park has to offer.
We've been going to the park for more than 20 years, but Donna and I had never seen the buffalo herd. When we entered the park on Saturday, though, the herd was next to the road and we got several pictures. The mesquites are thick in that area of the park, and unless the buffalo are next to the fence, they just aren't visible. After seeing the buffalo, we rode through the park and I pointed out the hiking trails to Michael.
|Some of the elusive buffalo at San Angelo State Park|
|The buffalo are kept in the pasture on the right as you enter the park|
The country is dry, and I'm afraid this is just the first of many wildfires the area will see this year.I surely wish there was some way we could get some of the water those folks along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are getting.
Later that evening, Court and Michael went out for a meal alone and left Xander with Donna and me. The kids always enjoy the opportunity to eat a nice meal sans Xander when they are in town, and we enjoy the chance to spend some time alone with the little monster.