Back to the Alamo

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Braunig Lake RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, January 28, 2013

Midday temperature: 27C

Greg and I spent the afternoon in downtown San Antonio. Yesterday we had decided not to tour the Alamo with our tour group so today we went back and spent a couple hours learning about the history of the Alamo and the beginnings of the state of Texas. There is not very much left of the Alamo grounds and like the missions, millions of dollars are spent in the restoration effort. About all that is left of the original mid 1700s structure is the church and the long barrack. Of course, the Alamo is best known for the 13 day long fight in 1836 when 200 Texans led by William Travis unsuccessfully defended the Alamo against 4000 Mexican soldiers led by General Santa Anna. Among the Texans were Jim Bowie, known for the Bowie knife, and Davy Crockett.

Whenever we would mention that we were coming to San Antonio, people would tell us that we have to do the Riverwalk. So although we floated along it yesterday as part of our city tour, we decided to walk along the river. It's quite an interesting concept, very similar to the canals in Venice but much cleaner. The San Antonio River flows about 10 feet below the city so as you walk along the river you look up at the various retail stores, apartments, and hotels. At river level there are cafes, restaurants, boutique type stores, and towering cypress trees. It's a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city yet it’s in the heart of the city. Really nice. We stopped along the river at the Hard Rock Cafe and had a late afternoon lunch. Then back to Star and drinks with our new neighbors from BC.
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