Howdy from the High Heat of San Antonio

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011

We arrived in San Antonio yesterday afternoon, after a drive by of the giant Capital in Austin, but we were not going to let the hour stop us from jumping right into the fun!  We knew that this Sunday was the last day of a week long festival known as Fiesta 2011, so we sifted through the many options which were scattered around town. We decided to check out a local fundraiser for Mission San Jose. The festival was situated directly next to the Mission, with some of the food and shopping venues working their way right up to the Mission walls. There was a local tribute band playing and everyone seemed to be more than enjoying themselves. The fiesta started at 11am that day and would go until the same time late into the night. We spent some time listening to the music, perusing the shopping stands, contemplating if we would join in during the line dancing and then settling on eating some authentic Mexican food instead (I had the best beef empenada that ever was!) We headed back to camp and spent some time doing that thing we all love so much...laundry. It was the first time we've done so on this trip and perhaps if a cup of orange juice hadn't gone rogue in the trailer we could have put if off even further. The timed coin machines Derek was entertained by brought me back to college and we had a pretty good time sitting outside reading and talking in the 70+ degree while waiting for out clothes to finish. It was 9:30 at night.

Today we headed into town to check out San Antonio's most famous attraction...The Alamo. The church was small and simple, but full of history and culture, including a rifle and vest used by Davie Crockett which caused me to sing the song of the same name in my head for the remainder of our visit. The grounds around the church were beautiful and provided lots of shade from the 85 degree day that was otherwise hard to escape. While most of the original Alamo isn't there anymore, the oldest building, sleeping quarters and offices for the priests was still standing, over 300 years later. Another impressive site and another instance which has caused me to question my ability to retain historical information as putting the context and facts of the battle were more than greatly aided by the dioramas and time lines provided.

We decided to head to lower ground in order to beat the heat and took a stroll along the Riverwalk area, where canals and bridges were built in the 1960's to resemble the waterways of Venice. Dozens of restaurants and shops have riverfront entrances with patios and rode iron balconies over looking the walkway. We certainly weren't the only people walking along the river, in the shade of lots of large trees and buildings, enjoying the ducks also preferring to stay by the water.

With the highest heat of the day approaching late in the afternoon, we headed back to the campground and took to the pool to cool off. While we were lounging we met more campers, some of which were traveling in a way similar to us and others staking out sites while working contract positions around the county. It really is interesting to learn about everyone's different hometowns and circumstances. Everyone has been so nice and seems sincerely interested in us, including the camp host who Derek seems to have made another grandfather/grandson connection with. It's 11:30 as I'm writing this and it has started cool off, 77 at the moment! We'll enjoy it while it lasts, since it is supposed to be 97 tomorrow with at least 50% humidity...Derek may not make it....
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sophia on

Sounds and looks great! Don't worry about the heat.. It will soon drop when you gret over to our side of the pond! But saying that it is 26 degreees c today! X

joanie on

I've been wondering what the weather was like for you two, looks like you might hit a bit of everything along the way. We are having our family Easter celebration on Saturday (more people could come). Grandma Swigart, Pam, Bobbie and cousin Chris, from D.C. will be here on Friday to see Mom. Happy Easter to you!

nick on
i have a friend from high school that lives in new orleans. he sent me the link above if you guys are interested. he also gave me his phone number so you could call. he also said,
"In general I'd say avoid Bourbon St., definitely checkout Frenchman St.
Daytime take the street car uptown and check out Audubon park and the levee park, Tulane University and eat po-boys.
Lots of po-boys."
so have fun and stay safe.

dad on

postcard quality photos & your descriptions make me want to go on vacation too.

compils on

Don't forget to eat a muffalotta in New Orleans and tell me how to spell it.

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