Howdy from the High Heat of San Antonio
Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
54Trip End Jun 14, 2011
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Today we headed into town to check out San Antonio's most famous attraction...The Alamo. The church was small and simple, but full of history and culture, including a rifle and vest used by Davie Crockett which caused me to sing the song of the same name in my head for the remainder of our visit. The grounds around the church were beautiful and provided lots of shade from the 85 degree day that was otherwise hard to escape. While most of the original Alamo isn't there anymore, the oldest building, sleeping quarters and offices for the priests was still standing, over 300 years later. Another impressive site and another instance which has caused me to question my ability to retain historical information as putting the context and facts of the battle were more than greatly aided by the dioramas and time lines provided.
We decided to head to lower ground in order to beat the heat and took a stroll along the Riverwalk area, where canals and bridges were built in the 1960's to resemble the waterways of Venice. Dozens of restaurants and shops have riverfront entrances with patios and rode iron balconies over looking the walkway. We certainly weren't the only people walking along the river, in the shade of lots of large trees and buildings, enjoying the ducks also preferring to stay by the water.
With the highest heat of the day approaching late in the afternoon, we headed back to the campground and took to the pool to cool off. While we were lounging we met more campers, some of which were traveling in a way similar to us and others staking out sites while working contract positions around the county. It really is interesting to learn about everyone's different hometowns and circumstances. Everyone has been so nice and seems sincerely interested in us, including the camp host who Derek seems to have made another grandfather/grandson connection with. It's 11:30 as I'm writing this and it has started cool off, 77 at the moment! We'll enjoy it while it lasts, since it is supposed to be 97 tomorrow with at least 50% humidity...Derek may not make it....