TEXAS TRIP WINTER 2011 travel blog

Wall around Mission

Exterior of Mission

another shot of Mission exterior

Mission church interior

Wall detail based on excavation work at site.

Front of Mission.

Flowers from walk.

County court house in Goliad


Close by Presidio, showing interior court yard.

Mary on the corner canon platform.

Interior of church at the Presidio.

The next day, Friday, we spent the day leaving the dry and dusty semi-desert behind as the landscape with much larger trees. The state park in Goliad has a reconstructed Mission and Fort from the early days of Texas. These are remarkable examples of well-researched archeological reconstructions and well worth the visit. We were disappointed with the campsites as the water/electric sites are located in a parking lot with picnic tables behind them. We would have taken a full-service site, but they were all booked.

We had a wonderful surprise late in the day as a couple we met in Falcon – Jim and Pat – drove into the campground. They had changed their plans and ended up in Goliad for a week before heading onto another state park on the coast. We had a great chat and met on Saturday morning for a walk along a nature trail to do some bird watching. Later in the morning we explored the Historical downtown and found Internet access in a restaurant and of course had some coffee and great pecan pie. When we got back to the campground we discovered that a small troop of scouts had taken up residents for the next 24 hours. RV’s continued to fill the spaces all around us that day, so that by the evening most of the sites were taken. It really looked liked we were camped at Wal-Mart, except that we had water and electric hookups. Oh well.

The next day we are headed for Austin and McKinney Falls State Park. Our primary goals are to experience a Gold Class Theatre and to get pizza at a spot that Josh suggested but was closed the last time we were there.

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