Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Alamo

Location, Schertz, TX

A very busy day here in Texas. We left the RV Park about 9 AM and took a back road into downtown San Antonio because of a wreck on I-35 going into town. It was an easy drive and we parked at the Rivercenter Mall parking garage. A short walk through the mall took us to the Menger Hotel where Teddy Roosevelt organized the Rough Riders for their assault on San Juan Hill. Unfortunately the famous bar wasn’t open until 11 AM so we couldn’t belly up to the bar like ol’ Teddy did.

Our trip through the mall and the Menger Hotel brought up old memories as Clyda and I had worked a Boy Scout meeting at the Marriott River Center Hotel many years ago. Close by the Menger is the Alamo, our destination this morning. There was only a small crowd of people around for the tours which are free and self conducted although an audio tour is available. Talks are given frequently nearby.

We spent a couple hours touring, reading the documentation and seeing a short movie. Texas history really came together for all of us today after having visited the San Jacinto monument on Sunday which was the culmination of the fight for Texas independence shortly after the Alamo fell.

In front of the Alamo.

We walked from the Alamo to the famous Riverwalk where we wandered for a while until we found the kind of food we wanted. We shared 2 special pizzas for lunch. Very good!!!

We left about 2 PM after paying $15 for less than 4 hours of parking. Unfortunately, it is the only parking in downtown San Antonio.

We drove north to Gruene which is an antique town which prides itself on “changing reluctantly”. An ice cream cone and several shops later we drove back through New Braunfels, checked out the Comal River, the Schlitterbahn whose parking lot was full of new Dodge trucks, came back to the RV Park, and crashed.