San Antonio/Alamo/River Walk/Missions/Bike Trails

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Trip End Jun 30, 2013


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Friday, March 15, 2013

1      Friday-Sunday – March 15, 16, &17.   I posted a picture of a nice sunset at By the River RV Park in Kerrville.   Left around 8:30 driving to San Antonio where we will stay three days (wow).  Went to the Visitor Center and Mission San Jose before we checked into the campground.  The Visitor Center was just about a mile north of our campground and it had plenty of room to park the RV.  This city has saved and developed four missions on mission road for the public to see by riding on the bike trails, walking or coming by car.  The Visitor Center is only at the Mission San Jose which is still owned and operated by the Catholic Church but the NPS maintains all the grounds around it and the other missions.  These missions were established along the San Antonio River in the 1700's by Spain to claim more territory and to spread the Catholic faith.  All of the missions have been partially restored.  Very interesting and worth a visit.

        We checked into the campground which I reviewed below – very nice and actually saw a camper that was with us in New Orleans then they spent two nights with our friends heading to Texas.  The days are getting hot, hot, hot high 80’s and today and tomorrow in the high 90’s.

        San Antonio has the best bike trails most of them are new, police ride their bikes patrolling, and the one right next to our campground went up mission road and then the other way all along the San Antonio River to the River Walk downtown.    We road our bikes and enjoyed the trails on Friday afternoon.

    Saturday we headed in early by bus (we actually got a senior pass downtown with our picture – good for five years), so it would only cost us 60 cents during the week per ride and on weekends it was free riding.   We got in the Alamo line of about 60 people already at 8:45 am for a 9 opening and by the time they opened the Alamo the line was down the street and around the corner.  A number of people told us they tried to go to the Alamo the afternoon before and the lines were just so long and not moving at all.  So if you come to San Antonio visit the Alamo early.  It is worth visiting and you can see bullet holes in the walls and the gardens are beautiful.   The history of the place with all the famous people that died here is fascinating.  The Alamo was saved by the Daughters of the Texas Republic.  The Alamo is right downtown in the middle of the hotel, convention center, business and restaurant districts.  It was easy to find your way around this city.

  The Alamo is the number one tourist attraction in the state of Texas and the River Walk is number 2.  The River Walk has many entrances along the streets near the Alamo and Commerce Street.  We took a river boat tour and again we were on the tour before noon and after that the lines were long, long, and long to get on.  The River Walk almost never happened since they were planning to cover the river up and build on it but it was saved again and what a beauty it is.  There are over five miles of canals with fountains, walking paths and restaurants lining up next to the river.  It is almost underground and you must walk down and many times over little bridges.  It is so enjoyable to walk but because it's St. Patrick’s Day weekend very crowded.

    They celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here with parades of boats decorated up in green.  Bands playing Irish music and everyone wearing green.  The celebration takes two days not just one. I also took the picture of the original Coyote Ugly bar even through in the movie they put it in New York City.  
    George enjoyed the bike trail again when we got back and also the hot tub near the pool.  It was over 90 and he was in the hot tub!!!!

   Sunday we decided to use our free passes and take the bus back to downtown and the River Walk.  The city is still celebrating St. Patriots Day with parades, bands, restaurant specials and they even turned the river a green color. We headed down around 10 was it crowded today.  George and I walked the River Walk even sections that we had not been on before.  Sat down and listened to the Irish singers at the Market Place theater on the walk.  So many people dressing up, drinking at all the Irish Bars along the walk.  Of course, we had to go back to the Lone Star Restaurant to get a small salad and try our Waco Wings again (green chilli and orange sauce on the them) and they were as good as yesterday - posted a picture. Actually yesterday we had all chicken legs and today we had a mixture of wings and legs.Then we had to try to find a place to sit for the parade of floats and it was so crowded we ended up sitting in the sun for almost two hours.  The parade actually started not to far from where we were but we were at the end of the parade so it took forever.  It was good though and a lot of fun!.   We enjoyed San Antonio very much and found everyone so helpful and friendly.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 15, 16, 17    This is a Travelers World Carefree RV Resort on Roosevelt Avenue in San Antonio, TX.  The park cost $40 per day but with Good Sam  $34.  It’s a nice park with full hookups, Wi-Fi, cable, pool, clubhouse, laundry, dog park, rental cottages, playground and camp store.  The bus stops right across the street and if you go to the transportation information center downtown and you are over 62 they take your picture and you have a bus discount pass that will cost 60 cents a ride and free on weekends.   The pass is good for five years.  Very easy to ride the bus and it stops within walking distance of the Alamo.  The Alamo and River Walk are a must see.  The park is close to mission road and the missions and the excellent river road bike trail is just outside the gate of the campground.  What a beautiful bike trail and very well marked!  Check in was fast, easy and informative.  Nice quiet park.
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Phyllis on

happy to hear your in the 90,s were having another storm tonight,and in the twentys at 6am.BUT spring is wednesday,just have to have patience,enjoy!!!!
wish I was there!!!!!

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