The ride here from Louisiana was interesting. We drove across country instead of interstates as it saved 100 miles. Very pretty, but sometimes hair raising! Some of the roads weren't even "farm to market" roads, but instead marked by just letters, "FF" or "AB". No shoulders and often they reminded me of ribbon candy. You remember that wavy stuff at Christmas?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Can you believe these horns!! HUGE!!! Stopped and took the photo enroute to seeJohn's family. I would have gotten closer, but do you see the size of these animals plus we're pretty sure the fence is electrified. We had a nice Easter weekend with family. Lots of food; lots of talk; lots of reminiscing. Tomorrow onto Bryan, TX and a visit with John's brother Robin. Oh, the dogs (all 6) did pretty well together - 2 Golden Retrievers, a beagle and our 3 little ones. Actually Tiger let the big dogs know he was no push-over! As usual the 2 girls had no clue.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
What a beautiful place! The Alamo was not a fort. It was originally built in 1724 as a mission established to convert the local Indians. At some point the Spanish government took over the mission and gave the surrounding land to the local Indians. This helped establish what is now San Antonio. In the early 800's, the Spanish military stationed troops at the old mission, now called The Alamo by the troops. Alamo is Spanish for "cottonwood". What is now called the Long Barrack was made into the 1st hospital in Texas by the Spanish Command.
Do you know anything about the Alamo other than the movies? Me, neither. Well, in 1835, during the Texas Revolution, the Texas Revolutionaries fought the Spanish troops and won control of the Alamo and San Antonio. Early 1836, Santa Anna arrived unexpectedly and the battle/siege was on. The Revolutionaries included the men of legend - Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, etc. (Davy Crockett had lost his seat in Congress. He is reputed to have said to his Tennessee constituents, "You all can go to hell. I'm going to Texas.") After numerous requests for reinforcements to Sam Houston and other Texans, a group of about 200 held off the Spanish for 13 days. March 6, 1836 Santa Anna's troops launched their final assault. Finally able to scale the walls, the troops entered the courtyard and attacked the church for the final battle with the surviving Texans. Thus, the Alamo secured its place in US history and folklore!
Some surprises... the Alamo is not out in an open area. It is smack daub in the center of San Antonio. I always pictured the Alamo as being just the Church. It was a large area, completely walled, housing the church, convent, outbuildings, etc. Just a small section of the wall now survives. I also did not expect to find such pretty gardens. It is really pretty. We ended our visit by lunching down on River Walk. What a fabulous place!! Just loaded with charm!! We will definitely be back to San Antonio!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
We're at Guadalupe River RV Park which slopes down to the river and has a nice park area there where we walk the 3 pooches. They stay well away from the river's edge. They do NOT like water. On a walk there at dusk one night, there was a herd of 10-12 deer in the shallows. Very pretty! Of course, the 3 dogs did not even notice them. They may be hikers, but they are not hunters! They also did not notice the ducks at Louise Hay Park.
STONEHEDGE - Ingram, TX Now, this is really a curiosity!! Ingram is a town of about 1,800. At some point a local farmer decided to build replicas of Stonehedge and Easter Island statues. This local version is about 60% as tall and about 90% in circumference as the original in England. Not sure about the statues. It is totally bizarre to be winding around a country road and crossing back and forth over the Guadalupe River and BAM! Around a curve is Stonehedge!!