Thursday, December 27, 2012

Laity Lodge Texas

* Retreat *
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French retret (noun), retraiter (verb), from Latin retrahere ‘pull back’ (see retract )
  •    a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax their mountain retreat in New Hampshire.
  •    a period of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation the bishop is away on his annual retreat before his ordination he went on retreat.
Beloved and I flew to San Antonio, Texas in November, far away from everything and everyone familiar for a retreat.  This was a spiritual exercise for us and one we were quite ready for.
The experience was rich and significant in a host of ways and is thus become a serious challenge to my blogging brain.
Six weeks! to assimilate my thoughts and come up with a plan of action (*ish) for the telling of it.
I've decided that you're going to hear and see about it bit by bit -- delivered in at least three separate instalments because it's simply too much for one post and because I want to share the riches of it in as authentic and thorough a way possible.

We were far into the hill country - 70 miles from the nearest store of any kind - unplugged and disconnected from any reliable cellular or internet service for four days.
It has been YEARS since either of us has gone 4 days straight unconnected.
That, all by itself was an experience worth journalling.
But first:
We spent a few days at an old hotel on the famous Riverwalk of SanAntonio -- a two and one half mile stretch of pedestrian walkway along the river that meanders below street level.  

An outdoor theatre on the Riverwalk with sod lined stone risers.
Fanfare to attract touristy attention and restaurant business.
It was okay.  What more can I say?  Jostled by tourists eager for a nibble and peek at each and every establishment of an endless smorgasbord of boutiques and eateries?  *sigh*
Of course, only a fool lands in San Antonio and neglects to visit one of its' more famous historical markers:  The Alamo  I'll let this site take you around for the details.  
At least the ancient door was intriguing  :)
Last chance in the next four days to connect with the homefront!
The Riverwalk is even more winsome with the evening lights along the footpath.  
We were just a few weeks too early to enjoy the full blown Christmas displays; 
apparently it is a sight to behold.  
Stay tuned.  We're buckling up for a drive into the vast unknown tomorrow.