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The drive up to San Antonio was un-eventful - except for the last ˝ mile the road to the camp site started to look a lot like a dirt track but it was the right way, the campsite is a bit of a concrete jungle but its only 15 miles out of San Antonio.
As it was Valentines night the lads had to pull something cool out of the bag - so its drinks at the "Ugly Coyote"
San Antonio river walk and historic town area was beautiful lots of nice memories.
Friday 15th San Antonio Rodeo
Although the weather was not too kind we had a great time there is a lot to see and do around the grounds - some memorable moments:
Meeting some of the FFA -Future Farmers of America. High school kids that had worked on various projects; from restoring ancient farm machinery to making large (50ft) wrought iron gates to order. These young adults were very impressive easy to talk to, knowledgeable and very polite a credit to their parents and teachers.
We saw Apache Indians who gave us an insight into their culture - came up close and friendly with lots of horses, swine´s and steers. It was lovely to see the small children walking around in their cowboy clothes complete with Stetsons and Spurs. We saw a bird of prey display, which was amazing. Pig racing which was really funny and a Hypnotist that was clever, but was it real? So just as we were thinking could we take any more fun we were off to the Rodeo - well the Americans really do know how to put on a show, all the razzmatazz of the fair, all the things you expect to see - bucking bronco´s, bare back steer riding, horse racing complete with lasso´s, barrel racing, but the most memorable had to be the mutton busting - this was little kids aged 3-6 being placed on the backs of fully grown woolly sheep and let go out of the pen - they looked as if they had been held on with Velcro!!! It was such a laugh - no animals or children were hurt in the filming of the performance.
One other thing that struck us was how proud everyone is to be American and how proud they are of their armed forces - always starting and finishing a show with a pray for their troupes, something the UK could take note of.
The Alamo -
Malcolm´s boyhood fantasies come true - (don´t ask)
In readiness for this experience Malcolm T had forced us into watching John Wayne in the Alamo, a four-hour epic!! This took us three nights to watch, during which most of us slept at varying times. In reality when we got to the Alamo we expected to see it in the middle of the desert, but the town has grown up around it and in fact it is just off the sidewalk. However when you get inside you certainly got the feeling that something very important had taken place there, where people had stood up for what they believed was right, and died for that belief.
In the next room Malcolm came face to face with a real bowie knife, not the plastic one he had as a kid, and memorabilia from his boyhood hero Davy Crocket. So we bought some T -shirts to prove we had been there and went off to find the Thornleys (who had seen the Alamo the previous year so had gone off to find a bar). Well we found them, propping up the bar, Margarita´s and beers in hand fending off the cowboy on the door, surrounded by stuffed deer, moose and all other types of critters - a real American bar.
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