Schedule of Events for San Antonio 2019
Day 1 – Sunday, February 24
Arrive, check in (Hotel check-in time is 4 PM), get reacquainted and swap sea stories. There will be a welcome buffet served at the hospitality room from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. You are welcome to sign up for this event if your arrival time allows.
The buffet will feature: Riverwalk Tossed Salad, Traditional Enchiladas, Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice, Borracho Beans, and Dessert.
Day 2 – Monday, February 25
We will tour a C5M Galaxy based at the 433rd Airlift Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, then divide into two groups with one having lunch at Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery, and the other touring the Toyota Texas Truck Plant. Sometime around 1:30 PM, the first group will tour Toyota, the second will have lunch at Mi Tierra.
This tour’s dress code will be long pants, shirts with sleeves, no open toe shoes, heels or Crocs, no cameras, and have a photo ID. The lunch choices at Mi Tierra Restaurant will be:
Enchiladas de Verduras– Two enchiladas filled with Zucchini, Yellow Squash, corn, carrots, onions, and topped with a zesty tomato sauce, and Monterey Jack Cheese. Served with Spanish Rice.
Cheese Enchilada with Crispy Chicken Taco, One enchilada, one taco, served with Spanish Rice
Enchiladas de Carne–Two Beef Enchiladas with Chili Meat Gravy and Cheddar Cheese. Served with Rice and Beans.
We plan to be back at the hotel by 3 PM. Dinner is on your own.
Day 3 – Tuesday, February 26
Fredericksburg and Nimitz Museum Tour, Located in the heart of Texas Hill country, Fredericksburg expresses its German settler heritage with restaurants and brew pubs featuring German fare. There is plenty of opportunity for shopping, with lunch on your own. After lunch, you can tour the Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War. These museums are located on a 6 acre campus at 340 East Main Street in Fredericksburg.
At 3 PM, we will dedicate five brick pavers at our memorial service at the Veterans Walk of Honor to LTJG Lloyd Thomas, our three Vietnam casualties, and our other departed shipmates. The bricks are $155 each. If you would like help with this donation to the Pacific War Museum, please include a small amount with your signup payment.
We should be back at the hotel by 5 PM, with Dinner on your own
Day 4 – Wednesday, February 27
Riverwalk Day – Do what you want, when you want. Take advantage of the Hop On / Hop Off Bus Tour tickets, or strike out on your own to explore the Riverwalk. The Hop On / Hop Off tour buses run daily from 8:40 AM to 5:30 PM, with departures every 20 minutes. The closest pickup point is in front of our hotel, and if you stay on the bus it will take about an hour to complete the loop. The Alamo (Stop #1) is on this tour, and is about half way around the loop from our hotel, which is Stop #11. However, the Alamo is only about 3 blocks East of the hotel, and Google Maps says it is about a 6-minute walk, so that may be a quicker trip.
We will offer a three consecutive day ticket deal from City Sightseeing San Antonio with our signup, or you can go online and check out their different tour packages which may suit you better. You can buy your tickets as a walk-up, but they are less expensive online.
There are also narrated Go Rio boat tours which run the Riverwalk daily (weather permitting) from 9:00 AM until 10:00 PM, with departures every 15 minutes. The boat boarding area is in front of the Aztec Theatre, about a block and a half from the hotel. The boat tour takes about 35 minutes. We will offer the basic boat tour tickets on the sign-up sheet, or you may go online yourself and order them. There are also shuttle boat services just to get you around the Riverwalk.
Business meeting in the Hospitality Room– 3 PM – This is when we choose the location for the next reunion.
In the evening, we will enjoy our Banquet at the Holiday Inn. Happy Hour will start at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM.
Banquet menu choices, with chef selected sides and dessert, are:
Beef- Fire Grilled Sirloin Fish – Citrus Grilled Salmon
Chicken- Chicken Picatta Vegetarian – Chef’s Selection
Day 5 – Thursday, February 28
Departure- Hotel check out time is 12:00 PM. Farewell until next year !