April 3, 2012

San Antonio, Texas

Well we made it through the desert with its potential for high winds and dust storms without incident. We arrived in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday after another long days' ride. Going forward, we will be able to slow up a bit and stay longer at each place. We just wanted to get the desert behind us.

Parked at the Alamo KOA in San Antonio, Texas

Now that Jerry has discovered how to keep everyone informed on Facebook of our whereabouts, this blog will continue to give more detail of the locations we visit. So, our first trip was to drive to Austin (nearly an hour and a half from here) to see the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum and Library. That was on Sunday. Jerry called ahead to make sure that it was open and they told him that they only close on Christmas. But, they didn't tell him that most of the exhibits were closed due to extensive renovations. Of the ten floors in the building, we were only able to see the 1st and 10th floor. All of the rest were closed. So glad we decided to drive the Tahoe instead of taking the motor home and staying there for a day. Guess we will just have to come back for another visit at another time.

Bust of Lyndon Baines Johnson at the lobby.

The Oval Office as it was during President Johnson's term.

One place Jerry really wanted to see was the Alamo here in San Antonio. First, here is just a little history review -- Texas was once part of Mexico. San Antonio and the Alamo played an important part in the Texas Revolution. On the morning of the 13th day of battle on March 6, 1836, Mexican soldiers surprised the Texas army volunteers who had taken residence in the Alamo (a mission) with an early attack by rushing the Alamo. It was over in an hour and one-half. The Alamo was taken by the Mexican soldiers. Today, the names of the dead volunteers are listed on plagues. It was surprising to see volunteers from Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland listed with the many names from Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Though Texas lost the fight at the Alamo, they regrouped and "remembering the Alamo" fought with more determination to win the war shortly thereafter. Because the Alamo is regarded as sacred grounds, no photographs were allowed inside. Here are pictures we took of the outside grounds.

After touring the Alamo, we found the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. What a beautiful place! It must be nice to work in downtown San Antonio and be able to relax along the River Walk or eat lunch in one of the many eating places along the walkway.

Boats with tourists travel up and down the River Walk.

We've enjoyed our stay here even though the weather has been a bit warm for us -- mostly in the 80s. Tomorrow we head out to Corpus Christi where we will be spending Easter. 


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