From San Antonio to Corpus Christi in the Toyota Camry Hybrid

My blogging career can take me to some of the most energy-filled places and some of the most serene places in one week.

My work week started with a trip to Corpus Christi for the first-ever Selena Festival! The weather was a bit icky pero anything for Selenaaaaaas! The roads from San Antonio to Corpus Christi were wet from the rain but I will forever be grateful for the Toyota Camry that was lent to me for keeping me safe. After arriving safely, I had an amazing time watching performers pay tribute to our forever-loved Selena Quintanilla. In case you missed it, here are some highlights of the Fiesta de la Flor Festival via @QueMeansWhat on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks to my Camry from @ToyotaUSA, I made it safely to #FiestadelaFlorCC!! Let’s get this #Selena party started! #VayamosJuntos

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Just a lil’ bit of guitar and cumbia with @LosLobos at #FiestadelaFlorCC! #LosLobos #cumbia #VayamosJuntos

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I found El Chico del Apt. 512! That’s how L.A. does #FestivaldelaFlorCC y’all! Xoxo! #qmwfb #VayamosJuntos A photo posted by Melanie / ¿Que Means What? (@quemeanswhat) on


The fun continued back home as FIESTA-SA (San Antonio’s 10-day celebration of parties all over town) had already begun! My chiquitos and I ventured out to see the San Antonio Symphony Fiesta POPS Concert at the Tobin Center and then to the Historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio.

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  Fiesta-ing! Last stop of the day #FiestaSA #FiestadelosReyes #ReyFeoJGH #VayamosJuntos   A photo posted by Melanie / ¿Que Means What? (@quemeanswhat) on

We finished our week on Earth Day 2015 with a special visit to Mission San Juan because we love our National Parks. It was the perfect morning for some quiet time outdoors. Mornings at the missions usually are relaxing and serene so, that’s when we like to go.

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We enjoyed our adventurous week with the Toyota Camry Hybrid SE. Here are a few of my favorite features to mention:

Efficiency. I didn’t save the exact numbers but I did make a 300 mile round-trip from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, a few trips to downtown San Antonio and to the Mission San Juan, not to mention every day errand runs. I began with a full tank of gas and I didn’t need to go to the pump once. Per Toyota, the Camry Hybrid SE averages 40 MPG.

Interior space. The sporty exterior tricked me because once I sat in the car and did the full inspection from the driver seat, it didn’t feel sporty inside. Plus, there’s enough trunk space for a family vacation. (We obviously didn’t take a family vacation.)

Technology. The Entune Audio System is a favorite for apps, audio, car-efficiency information and more. The 6.1″ touch screen is user-friendly and is great to view the backup camera. I appreciate the Bluetooth connection to my phone so I can drive hands-free of using my mobile phone but still answer or make a call.

My family and I enjoyed the Toyota Camry for a week. My honest opinion of the Camry? Before this experience, I viewed it as a ‘granny car’. My opinion has changed. The Toyota Camry Hybrid SE is economical, roomy and sporty. Yep, sporty! The electric blue color definitely helps. My boys actually said, “Mom, we are going to miss this one.” And I think they have in the short time that it’s been gone.

Disclaimer: The Toyota Camry Hybrid SE was delivered to me with a full tank of gas to test drive for a week. All opinions are my own.