San Antonio Texas
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I guess we can't expect to go that far without some car trouble: the car alarm has malfunctioned. Every time John tries to turn on the engine, the alarm goes off, because the truck thinks we are stealing it. After some time under the hood, and talking to others, John determined that the car battery was not fully charged and needed to be replaced. A quick trip to Autozone, and the purchase of a new battery, and the problem was fixed.
Another problem that we have encountered is trying to navigate the truck and trailer (AKA "big rig") into a gas station. Most gas stations are set up for large trucks to buy diesel, whereas the pumps for regular gas are not designed for long truck/trailer combinations. This creates a challenge for John and sometimes we are unable to get close to the pump and need to move on to another gas station
For our first stop in Texas, we picked San Antonio, the home of The Alamo. Surprisingly the Alamo was located right in the heart of the city. We toured the historical site, and watched a movie about the story of the siege and battle of the Alamo. As it was the anniversary of the battle of the Alamo, there were soldiers dressed up for the re-enactment.
The surprise highlight of the visit to San Antonio was the River Walk. it is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one level below the traffic and street level. It is lined by restaurants, bars, and shops. Boats float along the river, offering guided tours of the river and city from below street level. I have never seen anything like it. We walked along the river walk, had dinner in one of the many Mexcian restaurants and then took a boat tour.
Our final stop in San Antonio was a visit to the San Jose Mission - it is a fully restored Spanish mission, built over 250 years ago, as a place for the Spanish settlers to live and convert the natives. It was interesting to learn that Texas was actually a Spanish colony (Mexico) before it became an American state.