A Nice Short Drive Today....

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

We left Castroville this morning and drove the 25 miles or so to an RV Park just south of the city.  San Antone is over a million people these days, so it was a bit exciting getting here.  The Park is close to the River Walk, so we chose it for that reason.  After lunch, we decided, in honor of our son Joe, to visit the Mision de San Jose.  It's only a couple of miles from the park an a Not To Miss spot.  It was originally founded in 1720, when one of the Charles' was king of Spain.  He lived into his eighties, which was rare for his time.  Good clean living and good Tex-Mex food probably contributed to his longevity.  The mission was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries.  The plan was to lure, in my opinion, the local indigenous peoples into coming into the church and help to build the Mission proper.  In return, they got housing, food and safety from the other marauding Indians.  These folks were hunter gatherers and worked very hard to earn their keep.  They were required to attend Mass three times a day, every day.  Man, I thought that I had rough going to high school with the Irish Christian Brothers in Butte!  But I am politicizing this blog and I don't intend to do that.  I just have a problem with what the European people did to our Native Americans.

The Mision, only one "s" in Spanish, encompassed at least two acres of space.  It is being refurbished by the Catholic Church and the workers work for them.  The most interesting person we met was Miroslav Mahler, originally from the Czech Republic and now residing in New York City.  He is a sculptor.  He was sketching on stone and will continue to sculpt these designs for the church building.  He was a very outgoing and interesting fellow with whom to visit.  Several masons were working in the area, as well as, many workers laboring away at the restoration.  We happened to go out a close gate to the rear of the Mision and found the lodgings of the current Franciscan Community.  There is a small chapel there which offers daily Mass.  I got a few shots of it also.

Tonight we'll dine in the area and then tomorrow head north to visit the city.  It was cloudy this morning, but it has since cleared and warmed up to where we have the AC on in the Coach.  Not as hot as back in Basic Training, but the memories are still there. 

We just got back from dinner at a Mexican place, Rosario's, about three miles from here.  Lynnie had Chicken Rajas con Crema and I had pork tacos in Cascabel sauce.  Both were great.  Our waiter, Fernando was the slow and steady type with a good sense of humor.  I've added a few photos of the venture...
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