Adventures with Hogan travel blog

Hogan at Goliad State Park

Inside the mission

Baptismal font in the mission

Pink and Blue in the sunset

Sunset at the mission

The mission

A cannon at the Presido

The Presido

Fresco at the Presido - note the rattlesnake

The Presido

Espirito Santu Mission

Drove to Goliad State Park. It is the site of the Esprito Santu Mission built in the early 1700's by Spanish Franciscan fathers. It was reconstructed in the 1930s by the CCC (Civilian Construction Corps). It is very beautiful inside. In the evening, the sun set in such a way as to turn the white stucco finish into a pink highlighted by a bluish tinge on the dark side.

Wednesday was a very windy day, with gusts over 45 mph for most of the day. Very glad we weren't driving Hogan. There were many branches that fell in the campground, but luckily none hit Hogan. On Wednesday, we visited the Presido La Bahie, site of the Goliad Massacre which occurred after the Alamo and was also more deadly. Over 340 men fighting for Texas independence surrendered after a battle and siege. They were then killed on the orders of Santa Anna after surrendering. The city of Goliad has a nice little downtown built around a courthouse, much like Prescott. The church has a nice fresco of the annunciation. Note the rattlesnake at the bottom of the fresco in the photo.

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