On Monday evening we arrived home after a trip out to San Antonio, Texas. Believe me, it was a l-o-n-g trip! It has been about 4 years since I’ve done such a road trip, but I grew up taking road trips just about every summer with my parents, sister, and brother. We lived in New Jersey, and my dad wanted to make sure that we kids knew our mom’s family out in western Iowa and eastern South Dakota. I have lots of memories wrapped up in those trips!
I won’t bore you with every little detail of this trip, but I will share with you just a few observations and highlights.
1. We drove over 2500 miles without a single issue with our vehicle…no car trouble at all. This is truly a blessing.
2. Taking road trips with teenage boys is much easier on the nerves than taking road trips with small children. I heard “Are we there yet?” only once…and it was in jest!
3. Even though AAA tells you that the trip should take about 16.5 hours, plan on 24. AAA forgets to add in stops.
4. Texas is HUGE! We entered near Houston (also huge) and still had to drive close to 275 miles just to get to San Antonio.
5. The wind never stops blowing in Texas.
6. Lackland Air Force Base is also huge. Even though we had a map of the base, I was always getting turned around and wanting to go left when we should have gone either right or straight ahead.
7. The military is all about hurry up and wait.
8. The Air Force is good to its airmen! Four of the 6 of us got in free to Sea World. The other two were discounted rates.
9. The Alamo is NOT out in the middle of nowhere like it was back in 1836.
10. Seeing my boy for the first time in over 8 weeks was priceless! It was definitely worth every mile.
I noticed just before we left for our trip that my blueberries were getting ripe and ready for picking. Because of the warmer winter we had, the berries are ready about a month early. I picked about a pint the day before our trip and put them in the freezer. Yesterday I went out and got almost another pint. Some of our bushes are looking poorly, and I don’t know what is wrong with them. Those that are producing are giving us some nice looking ones!
Having grown up in the south, I absolutely love sweet iced tea!! It is quite refreshing on a hot summer day. After picking the blueberries the other day, I decided to try making some blueberry iced tea. I don’t have a recipe, so I just sort of figured it out as I went along. The result was wonderful!
7 tea bags
1 quart water
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup water
Place the teabags in a saucepan with 1 quart water. Bring it to a simmer and remove from heat. Cover and let teabags steep for a while. (I’ve been known to forget them! Ha!) I think the tea tastes better the longer the teabags sit.
Combine the berries with the one cup water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour through a sieve and press the berries so that you get some of the pulp but not the skins. You should have about 1-1/2 cups of berry juice.
In a one-gallon pitcher, combine sugar and tea. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add blueberry juice and enough water to make about 3/4 gallon. I made a whole gallon, but one son thought it would have been better with less water. Stir and refrigerate. Stir before serving over ice. Enjoy!