18. San Antonio, Texas

Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Drove into this beautiful city in daylight (for a change). We checked in to the Marriott which is just off the Riverwalk. The pool looked so inviting, we had to take a dip. Afterwards, we had a top-notch dinner at Boudro's on the Riverwalk. Our waiter made the best guacamole, table-side, and the prickly pear margaritas were awesome.

The next morning, we packed up, took pictures with the peacocks roaming the grounds, and headed off to the Riverwalk. When I first saw the river, I thought of Venice because of the arched bridges and the boats going through the river. For those that haven't been here, the San Antonio River (fed by natural springs four miles out of town) runs through the city, but about 25 feet below street level. There are some cross canals that were man-made, and there are walkways on both sides of the river with arched footbridges here and there. A lot of restaurants on either side, but also an 800-seat natural amphitheater (the stage is across the river . We took a river barge tour powered by compressed natural gas, not a gondolier. He had some fun facts about San Antonio, and was pretty funny.

Next, we went to the Alamo, the seat of Texas Liberty. The Alamo was actually bigger than I thought it would be, given all the statements about how small it is. For those that don't remember, the Battle for the Alamo pitted 200 valiant Texans against a far stronger (10 to 1 odds) Mexican Army. The rebels ultimately lost and all men were killed during the siege, but Santa Anna allowed the 12 women and children to go to Sam Houston and let him know what happened, thinking that the fear of the Mexican army would quell the rebellion. We now know that the valiant efforts of 200 men willing to die for freedom from injustice and despotism would become a rallying cry not only for the liberation of Texas but for many other battles and causes.

Maybe too much history for a light travel blog, but to lighten it up, we lost one of our own at the Alamo, but he asked that I don't say who he was. Needless to say, there was a little excitement before we went to Seaworld.

Seaworld is very expensive, especially if you arrive at 5 and it closes at 9, but you have to pay for a full day pass anyway and they consider 10 year olds as adults. Having gotten the "I've been ripped off and I want everyone to know it" off my chest, we did go on two cool roller coasters, a Raging Rapids kind of ride, and two shows. The first was a spoof on Seaworld itself with sea lions and a huge walrus. It was really funny. The second was Shamu Rocks, starring Shamu (don't know if he's the original, but his dorsal fin was unusually limp and flopped over), and two other orcas. It was a very exciting show and I actually forgot about how we got rooked. JK.

Next stop, Houston!
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