Exploring the Riverwalk and the Alamo
Trip Start Jan 11, 2008
13Trip End Feb 2008
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We did take a boat ride with a narrator and that explained much of the history of the Riverwalk and pointed out many areas where movies have been filmed,and descibed how some of the larger bridges we traveled under are closed for flood control and to drain the river once a year to clean debris etc. We walked a lot of it the evening we got there and spent much time on the walk the next day and evening before and after our tour at the Alamo.
The Alamo originally served home to missionaries and their indian convert for nearly 70 years. Construction of the site began in 1724. In the early 1800's the Spanish military stationed a calvary unit at the former mission. The soldiers referred to it as the Alamo which is spanish for cottonwood in honor of their hometown Alamo de Parras,Coahuila. They established the first hospital in Texas. The Alamo was home to both Revolutionaries and Royalists during Mexico's 10 year struggle for independence.
San Antonio and the Alamo played a critical role in the Texas revolution in Dec. 1835 when Texans came in to push out the Mexican troops . After 5 days of house to house fighting the Mexicans were forced to surrender. In 1836 a surprise attack by the Mexicans began that lasted for 13 days....on the 8th day volunteers arrived from Gonzales bringing the number of defenders to nearly 200. When the Texans began to realize that after sending out many messengers with pleas for help and that extra men may not be arriving to help them ,Colonel Travis drew a line in the dirt and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over the line..all except 1 did They saw that the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to Santa Anna
This type of history is not so interesting to me,but we did enjoy our tour there and going through the compound. I guess I imagined something else or more or a diffrent type of location. The daughters of the Republic of Texas have been entrusted by the Texas state legislature since 1905 with the care and maintenance of the Alamo. According to Texas law they must preserve ther historic site"as a sacred memorial to the heroes who gave their lives upon that hallowed ground.
When we arrived back at our hotel on that Thursday eve I recieved a call from my sister that my dad had been admitted to the Heart Hospital in McAllan,Texas......Our next destination was to visit my parents for a few days,so we just rerouted the way we were going to go and got an early start the next morning. My dad at 80 years young never gets sick?????????? I am thankful we are so close!