Thursday, June 29th, 2017

My Next Adventure: Race to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas!


Image: SACVB/Nancy H. Belcher

My upcoming trip to San Antonio is going to be INSANE.  And there are prizes to be had, so I encourage you to read through to the end of this post.

I am happy to announce that the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau has invited me to participate in the Race to the Alamo!

Three teams of travel bloggers will spend three days, August 4-6, running around San Antonio and its environs.  We’ll be participating in competitions at San Antonio’s top attractions, while blogging, tweeting, YouTubing and Facebook updating about it to our followers.

Basically, it’s The Amazing Race, but in San Antonio.

And like The Amazing Race, it’s teams of two.  So when it came time to choose my race partner, I immediately knew who it had to be.

My sister Sarah and I have always said that we would apply to be on The Amazing Race as soon as she turned 21 and became eligible.  (She’s 23 now…we really should get on that.)

Sarah and I can work together better than any two people I know.  We can have a blowout fight, then forget about it five minutes later.  And she’s just as crazy about travel as I am.

In a lot of ways, she’s my foil.  Where I’m ebullient, she’s sarcastic.  Where I’m emotional, she’s stoic.  But when stress hits, we both immediately get into lockdown mode and work efficiently to do what we need to do as quickly as possible.

And we’ve always wanted to go on The Amazing Race as “Sisters/Escaped Convicts,” complete with orange jumpsuits and handcuffs.

So in choosing my partner for Race to the Alamo, there could be no better partner than Sarah!

You’ll be hearing more about Sarah so you can get to know her before the race.  Stay tuned!

The Competition

Sarah and I make up one of the three teams.  We will be competing against:

Sharlene and Michelle of family travel site Trekaroo.

Carolyn and Dan of health travel site Healthy Voyager.

Image: SACVB


Visiting San Antonio

Of all the excitement this trip brings, I’m most excited to visit San Antonio.  I’ve wanted to visit this city for a long time.  My friends who have been to San Antonio are crazy about it!

San Antonio seems like a beautiful, romantic city with a lot of character.  While it’s a melting pot of cultures with a big Mexican influence, there’s no doubt this is a city in Texas!

I’m looking forward to seeing the Alamo, checking out the theme parks (Sea World and the original Six Flags!) and spending evenings on the Riverwalk (pictured above).

But I can’t lie — what I’m looking forward to the most in San Antonio is eating a three-pound cinnamon bun at Lulu’s.

Image: From My Kitchen To Yours

The fact that these even EXIST makes me love my country all the more.

There will be PRIZES!

There will be a LOT of prizes involved in the Race to the Alamo — and I want to see my readers win as many of them as possible!  Every time you vote on a team to win, you enter to win a free trip to San Antonio!

More details on the prizes will be coming up, as will be the information on the Race to the Alamo Site, so stay tuned!

Image: SACVB

We need YOUR help.

Sarah and I can’t win this race on our own.

The race lasts three days, August 4-6.  Each day, a winner is determined, and each day is worth 20% in determining the eventual winner of the Race to the Alamo.

The remaining 40% of the vote is determined by voting, which lasts through August 31.

No matter how we do in the race, we are going to need your votes.

So get ready for yet another unforgettable adventure!

I have no idea what’s in store, or what kinds of crazy things they’ll make us do.  All I know is that we won’t have to drive a standard!  (Neither Sarah nor I can drive a standard, and we’ve watched enough of The Amazing Race to know that it’s often a requirement in challenges like these.)  And I hope we’re not doing forward-facing rappelling down a skyscraper.

It’s going to be a crazy ride, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

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25 Responses to “My Next Adventure: Race to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas!”
  1. That’s so awesome! Funny, isn’t it, that your sister has been part of this blog since its very beginning. It’s apt that she would make a return.

    I’ve never been to San Antonio, but if it’s anything like the rest of the state, you’re in for a treat. We’ll be rooting for you, Kate!

  2. kalyn says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I did the Amazing Race LA this year, and it was a blast. We got to kayak through the marina, hunt for a painter by the Venice Canals, and eat Durian in Thai Town. It’s a fun way to see your city in a new light.

  3. Your sister looks nice.

  4. Amanda says:

    This sounds like so much FUN! I’ll be in Texas the same time as you, but up in Amarillo. But I will definitely follow along on your crazy adventure, and you can count on my votes!

  5. Hey Kate that sounds awesome!!! Good luck I’ll votevfor ya!!!

  6. Claire says:

    This is completely awesome and congrats on landing the invite! I have always wanted to do The Amazing Race, and watch each show as if my life depends on its outcome.

  7. Robyn says:

    I’m super excited for you (and jealous) as I love the Amazing Race. It’s been one of my favourite reality shows now for years. I’ll be checking up and voting every day. Good luck girls!

  8. That sounds like a blast! I’m curious to hear about your challenges. Good luck!

  9. Sheryll says:

    What an awesome idea! Amazing Race has always been one of my favorite shows. I can’t wait to hear more about it! Good luck!

  10. Considering I have actually applied to BE on The Amazing Race before, many times, I am insanely jealous of this task!

  11. Alouise says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see what type of adventures you and your sister come across.

  12. Kris Koeller says:

    San Antonio is nice, but the Alamo was a bit overrated. Be sure to ask to see the basement…

  13. Tom says:

    This sounds awesome, Kate! I’ll vote for you as many times as it takes for me to win a trip out there!

    Also, is it wrong that when I hear “San Antonio” my mind immediately goes to Miss Congeniality?

    Although the photo of that cinnamon bun is dangerously close to ousting out Sandra Bullock/Gracie Lou Freebush.

  14. Tracy says:

    That sounds freakin amazing! How wonderful that you and your sister can live out your dream (well sort of ) together!

    Looking forward to following the adventure … and expecting to see a video of that oversized cinnamon roll being consumed at the end.

  15. jill says:

    Good luck in San Antonio. Go fast. Eat the calorie bun, cinnamon bun after. Will be voting for you.

  16. Kathy says:

    This is going to be so AMAZING!! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to hear how you won all the races 🙂

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Hiya Kate,

    Have a blast in Texas. It’s my dearly beloved home.

    Quick point of correction: The original Six Flags is Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, where I grew up.



  18. Betti says:

    I haven’t heard of Amazing Race before, looked it up, randomly chose a season, OMG all the crazy screaming and running around! do they ever slow down, look around, and actually learn about the places they visit, or is it always screaming and running?
    hope you have fun!

  19. subrato saha says:

    Awesome & amazing. San antonio’s river-walk at night is looking so much beautiful. Seeing lulu,s cinnamon roll, now I feel hungry. Market square is also a beautiful place.

    You can also visit so much beautiful places here.

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