Saturday, January 26, 2008

Texas Trip Part I - 01/23/08

Given the current economic crisis, and it being the middle of the week, I was hoping that the plane would be half empty (or half full for you optimists). Well, it wasn't so. There were only a few vacant seats on both the Houston-bound and the Harlingen-bound flights. Nevertheless, our flight was quite uneventful - no screaming babies on board, no stomach emptying air turbulences.

We touched down at Valley International Airport at 3:20 pm - right on schedule. We then proceeded to the Enterprise booth and experienced the most hassle-free car rental ever! We showed our confirmation to the agent. He took one look at it, asked for an ID and a credit card, processed the payment, and handed us the keys. We were out and driving our KIA Rio in less than ten minutes. The car had only 116 miles in it and still had that brand new car smell. Nothing was automatic except the transmission but it gets a lot of mileage per gallon.

Checking in at Best Western Rose Garden Inn at Brownsville was also a breeze. We got a ground level room that has two enormous queen beds. We also got a free daily hot breakfast buffet.

After a quick dinner at Jack in the Box, we showered and crashed for the night.

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