San Antonio, Texas - Remember the Alamo?

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Thursday, February 2, 2006

We arrived at New Braunfel Lakes outside of San Antonio on the last day of January, the first calendar month of journey now behind us. We set up the motorhome and settled in for a two-night stay, having decided that we wanted to have a day to explore San Antonio, even though we had both been there before.
On Wednesday morning, we got started early (for us!) and headed into downtown San Antonio, expertly led by "Satellite Sally", our GPS System...we've become very dependent on her instructions to get us anywhere we want to go, from local attractions to truck stops, to grocery stores. The wonderful technologies of today's world make me wonder all the time how the early "pioneers" of this full-timing life have done it all these years - they were obviously less geographically-challenged than this navigator!
We spent an hour or two wandering around the grounds of the Alamo (see pictures 1-3), fascinated once again at reading the story of how these brave men (and their wives and families), whose names we've heard so many times - Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, to name a few - fought to protect those around them. It was great fun to see the reproduction long rifle that Fess Parker recently presented to the Alamo Museum had been presented to him when he starred as Davey Crockett back in the Fifties in the Disney Movie. I, of course, relived my 8th birthday party, at the height of the Davey Crockett frenzy, when my Mom made an "Alamo" cake and she also made brown-paper-bag coonskin caps for all my guests who did not have the "real" thing. As the only girls on the block, I guess my girlfriend Patricia and I didn't realize that this was a slightly out of the ordinary theme for a girl's birthday party!
After we'd soaked up all the Alamo history we could absorb, we walked along the River Walk, a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants and hotel or two, all along the river, and enclosed on both sides (see pictures 4 & 5). I remembered the first time I was there, for an annual IMRA (Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Assn.) conference, the industry organization of which I became president. As though conjuring up this somewhat distant memory had stirred up the spirits, I found an email waiting for me the next morning from Myrna, my friend and business partner, passing on an invitation to the Past President's Luncheon at this year's IMRA Conference in Hilton Head Island...and event I think we'll manage to attend. It will be great fun to reconnect with all my old friends from the industry!
Out to dinner at a Texas Steak House that evening, and then packing up the "home" in preparation for our travels to Livingston, our home base, the next morning. ...And the beat goes on!
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