Day 10- San Antonio, Stonewall, to Austin, TX

Trip Start Oct 06, 2009
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Trip End Oct 21, 2009


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 10
10/17/2009
San Antonio to Stonewall to Austin, TX

This morning was a slower start to the day than usual, however, that was somewhat predictable.  We got up and started heading out to the San Antonio Mission National Historical Park which is comprised of four missions.  Mission San Juan, San Jose, Conception, and Espada.  They together form the NHP and are on a national mission trail.  The missions are very interesting, with relics left and just amazing detail to archeology and architecture.  The missions are about 2-3 miles apart each time, along with aquifers, dams and walls as well as the chapels.  The chapels are still in current use for masses.  All of this is in regards to the Spanish missions that came to the area to try and convert the paganism's that were they believed were taking place.  After the missions were completed we headed to the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park we took a tour around the ranch and a ranger led tour in the "Texas White House" and tomorrow we are going the LBJ presidential library.    All in all, the day was very relaxed and easy.  The cafe we had lunch in had an autographed picture of George Strait, man I would have given anything for it.  We also saw a major traffic backup on the way to the LBJ NHP and we noticed a hearse sitting next to us.  It wasn't until we put all the pieces together seeing that charred car that appeared to rear end a suburban and the hearse backed up to the ambulance, that we knew what had happened.  We later heard that they also airlifted another person out.  It keeps coming back to my mind periodically.  Just changed the mood of the car for a while, knowing what was taking place.  But all in all it was a good day.  Dad and Mom seemed to have really enjoyed the day as well.  So tomorrow we go to the LBJ library and drive to Dallas, and then in Dallas we do Deally Plaza and the 6th floor museum.
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