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Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

It was a bit rainy this morning when we set out for San Antonio, but it felt good and was very interesting to watch Lynnie's hair go into "auto-curl" mode.  She loves the rain; it saves her hours of primp time.

We went first to the Mercado, or Market.  I thought it was to be a Farmers Market, but it turned to be multitudinous shops in a large building downtown. I took a few pictures to give you the idea, but it was unique.  Lots of mens hats, which does interest me, but I didn't really find the perfect one... yet.

We set out on foot and guided by the Droid, went to the Cathedral of San Fernando.  It's located not far from the Mercado, so we went via "shanks mare".  Only you more mature individuals will know what that means.  The rest of you can ask your parents or a knowledgable neighbor perhaps.  They were anticipating a funeral when we arrived and the hearse was parked at the front of the Cathedral.  This church was the spiritual center for the early Canary Islanders who immagrated here early on.  These were Spanish folks who relocated to San Antonio. It's an attractive church and has been active from that time on.  In one of the chapels are buried the remains of those who fell at the battle of the Alamo.  Another plaque commemorates the two hundredth anniversary of the church, erected in 1938.  We spent a few minutes inside, leaving just before the beginning of the funeral service.

From there we continued afoot, a hint there, youngsters, to the Alamo itself. Alamo.  I have to admit that my memories of the place were far different from the actual experience. It is small, smaller than I remember.  It also seemed to me to be an open area with no roof, but that is all intact now.  It was very, very busy today, since it is a three-day weekend.  With all of the folks there, I took a few photos.  One, it seems, was ILLEGAL.  We weren't told not to take any, but a young attendant there pointed it out to us.  I to delete it, but he said it was not a problem.  He said that all of the artifacts are privately owned and thus the prohibition against camera use.  A walk back to the car in the drizzle made me wish that I had worn my hiking boots and not my Birkenstocks.  The sand has a way of getting in them and kind of grinding away at my height.  Great in dry weather however...

We drove then to an area called King Williams.  Here are numerous large mansions.  We drove through along the streets and were awed, by the structures.  Much like the west side in Helena, but many not in good repair.  A bit of a search would help us understand who and why so many large homes were build there.

Our new friend, Miroslav, highly recommend we visit the Mision de Concepcion.  This was a short drive from downtown and actually only two or three miles from our Park.  To look at it from the outside, it appears to be just another old church.  But, when we went inside it was absolutely amazing to us.  It was refurbished by the NP Service.  It's really beautiful!  Much of the original finish on the walls was retained.  This is the primary reason that Miroslav sent us here.  He feel that the colors here are more exact than any he has seen.  The baptismal font is built into the wall.  Above it are religious sketches in the original form.  The bell tower is functional and the church is an operating parish.  We hope to get to Mass there tomorrow, if it works out for us.

Then more shopping for items of sustenance and here we are.  The glorious sun is shining and it's again in the seventies.  Off to Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow.  I'm really excited, since that area is well-known for it's bird species.  We'll dip our fingers/toes in the Guff, as the say down heah and enjoy a hike or two.

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