Texas IS Big!

Trip Start May 14, 2012
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Stone Creek RV Park

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Traveling from Van Horn, Texas to San Antonio we were able to see dramatic, yet gradual, changes in the geology and landscape: desert and desert mountains, to limestone, to rolling and green hills near and around San Antonio.  Not only did the landscape change, but the weather, as well: very hot and dry to very hot and humid--with several heavy rain storms, including thunder and lightning!  It was exciting!

The RV Park we are staying in is like a little village, with two pools, a hot tub, dance hall and little convenience store!  It looks like many RVers are parked nearly full-time, but many are like us, staying maybe a week.  It lies about 20 miles outside San Antonio.

The San Antonio Missions consist of five missions--the Alamo being one--established by the Spanish Franciscan Friars in the early 1700's.  Their aim was to "Christianize" and educate the indigenous people of what is now known as Texas.  The missions were self-contained communities consisting of a church, dwelling quarters, farms and fortress walls, designed to protect them from the Apache and Comanche Indians.  All but two are still functioning Catholic churches with regular Masses!

Now to the Alamo.  We had pictured the Alamo in our minds with the movies portraying the battle for Texas with Mexico and their President Santa Ana.  Well, the movies must have been performed with a recreated Alamo set.  The original Alamo is definitely present as pictured in our minds, yet it is situated in down town San Antonio.  Thankfully, it is well preserved, safely enclosed by a beautiful "Alamo Plaza" and considered a "shrine".  Gentlemen are even required to remove their hats prior to entering.  Countries such as Ireland and Scotland have their flags displayed in honor of their men who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Historical Site was very interesting.  As you know, President Johnson took the office suddenly upon the assassination of President John F Kennedy (Nov 1963).  We visited his boyhood home in Johnson City, TX.  You may recall that LBJ was responsible for civil rights and the development of the "Head Start Program" (LBJ was a teacher before he was a politician). The first Head Start Program in the country was begun near his home town and is still functioning.  Another by-the-way: "Lady Bird" Johnson (the First Lady) is regarded as the person responsible for cleaning up America with her beautification programs. This is when US citizens began to stop littering the highways, among other places, and which eventually led to the recycling/reuse movement.  Another by-the-way:  we visited this historic site on July 11 which, surprisingly, was the 5th anniversary of Lady Bird's death (she would have been 100 years old this next December 22nd)!  LBJ's Texas "White House" happened to be his ranch/residential quarters located 14 miles from his boyhood home, in Stonewall, TX and, by the way, was the first remote Presidential White House.  LBJ spent 25% of his Presidency at this location--away from the DC White House, and more detached from the actual White House than any other President.  He, his wife, and siblings are buried on the ranch in the family cemetery.

An additional photo that we have enclosed is our National Park "Passport Book".  It includes every location which is administered by the National Park Service--approximately 400 locations (including Guam and the Virgin Islands).  We are gathering stamps and stickers from each site as we travel.


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Jake & Joyce Kratt on

I see you went through Austin on your way to San Antonio. We were stationed there for 9 years! Of course Jake was gone much of the time but the kids and I stayed put. Two of our children were born in Austin. We enjoy your commentary so very much and thank you again. Happy Trails to YOU!!!!!! Joyce and Jake

juanita Anderson on

I was surprised when my daughter's mother-in-law told me about the location of the Alamo. Seems wrong doesn't it? Too many movies I guess. Love your blogs!

Liz Kirk on

Hi, There really is a lot to see in just San Antonio it's self. Did you take in the River Walk in the downtown area?, We thought that was very interesting.
Looking foreward to your next travel update. God Bless, Love, Liz & Jim

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