Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

Landscape along Rte. 10 in West Texas. Notice how flat and even...

Oil well in West Texas - it was pumping

Convention Center along River Walk

River Walk in San Antonio

Menger Hotel, San Antonio

Part of Theodore Roosevelt display at Menger Hotel.

Tower of the Americas

Brooks Army Medical Center, San Antonio (looks like quite an expansion going...

MiTierra Mexican Restaurant & Bakery at El Mercado

The Marketplace

Alamodome from top of the Tower of the Americas

Alamo from Top of Tower of the Americas ( a reenactment of...

Flags in front of the Institute of Texas cultures representing the countries...

The UTSA Institute of Texas Culture

We arrived in the San Antonio area on Wednesday. We checked in at the Braunig Lake RV Resort in Elmendorf on the southeast side of San Antonio. The sites were ok, we were parked on a cement pad; however the interior roads were dirt and full of potholes. There were mud puddles from the leftover from a previous storm and more rain was predicted for the weekend. We moved on Friday to Schertz to the Stone Creek RV Park. Since Carl & Birgit had lived here for several years, we called on them for suggestions as to where to go. I had come out for a few days while they were living here and they had taken me to the Alamo and the Riverwalk. Brad and I went into the city on Thursday and went to the Alamo and then across the street to the History Museum where there is an electronic diorama of the Alamo Fort & Mission as it was in 1836 and the battle. It made the whole Alamo experience come alive for us. We went to the Riverwalk area and took the cruise which really gave us a much better idea of the scope of the Riverwalk. Afterward we ate lunch watching the boats and people along the Riverwalk area. We had a great day. Friday, after we got settled we drove over to Converse so Brad could see where Carl & Birgit & Chris lived while they were here. Saturday, we went back into the city. It was cloudy but not raining and we went to the Marketplace and El Mercado. El Mercado is an enclosed shopping area with many different shops inside all selling Mexican goods. The Marketplace across the street is enclosed and filled with shops selling wares from all over and all types. From there we went over to Hemisphere Park and the Tower of the Americas. We went to the observatory at the top. We got an even better idea of how big the riverwalk area is by looking down on it from above. We left the Riverwalk area and tried to visit the Texas Institute of Culture but they were going to be closing 30 minutes after we got there and told us there wouldn't be enough time for us to see it. We will be leaving the San Antonio area tomorrow. We are planning to stop in the Beaumont area for 1 night and then to New Orleans. In our last journal entry we asked for prayers for a good friend, Vic Senger who was in the hospital with serious health concerns. Unfortunately, Vic passed away yesterday. Please keep his wife, Marilyn and their family in your prayers. Thank you. Barb & Brad

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