Unfortunately my grandmother passed away last week so I had to head to Texas for her funeral. And because booking a flight two days in advance is never cheap, I couldn’t fly directly to the funeral. But I made the best of it and ended up having a mini Texas vacation which was really nice and just what I needed.
I’ve gone from Philly to Austin to Kingsville (south Texas) to San Antonio to Austin and finally back to Philly.
So backing up all that way, last Wednesday I headed to Austin. My brother and my best friends live there so it’s always a good time. I was only there for a night, but it was great catching up with people.
The next morning my brother and I began the 4 hour drive to Kingsville, which is pretty south and about an hour from Corpus Christi. We stopped in San Antonio to each lunch at The Cove. Oddly enough they have this awesome vegan bacon cheeseburger.
We continued on and got to see a great sunset.
My dad grew up in Kingsville and I am pretty sure he knows everyone in the entire town. We headed to his childhood best friend’s house for dinner.
We used to come to Kingsville every summer to visit my grandmother before she moved closer to my parents. The next morning we had a few hours before the funeral so my entire family (cousins included) went downtown to do some shopping. It was really great getting to see some old favorites, but also weird to think I will probably never be here again.
Kingsville’s “claim to fame” is probably the King Ranch, one of the world’s largest ranches.
The funeral was Friday afternoon and could not have been more perfect. I was really close to my grandmother and I am going to miss her a lot, but her passing was for the best, and it’s odd to say that. She was 92 years old and I am so thankful she lived that long and I was able to develop a deep friendship with her. Her funeral was packed and we honestly all had a good time, catching up with distant relatives and her old friends.
My grandfather passed away almost 23 years ago and they were buried next to each other. What I found so funny is right behind their plots are their former across the street neighbors. Apparently they had planned on all being buried next to each other so they could always be neighbors.
After the funeral we drove out to the bay to have dinner at her favorite restaurant, The King’s Inn. It’s probably the most famous restaurant in the area and the nicest, and it’s been around since 1945.
We got there right before sunset and took some pictures of the bay.
I think around 40 people showed up for dinner and it was a really nice celebration.
Before heading out the next day we did a driving tour of Kingsville and ended at my dad’s old university, Texas A&M Kingsville, formerly Texas A&I. Fun fact! Eva Longoria, the actress, went to school here too. Obviously it was years after my dad graduated, ha ha.
I’ll wrap up the rest of the trip later!