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Mar 22, 2009 - Missions

I spent a couple hours Sunday touring the San Antonio missions. There are a total of 5 of them, including the Alamo which, of course, was later converted to military use. I saw the other 4 which are spread out over about 8 miles and each one is unique. Three of these are active parishes in SA diocese and conduct services and otherwise serve the needs of the people. First I went to San Jose which was founded in 1720 and is called the Queen of the Missions due to its size, beauty and ornate detail. This shot shows the church itself and the...

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Mar 21, 2009 - More SA sights

The kids and I really tried to see all that we could possibly see. One day we drove up to Johnson City and the LBJ ranch. We saw the cabin where his grandfather brought his bride and the house he lived in as a child. We drove over to the ranch next where we saw the one room school house he attended and where he signed an educational bill into law during his presidency. We saw the house he was born in which he restored later to as close to original as he could. Then we drove thru the cattle fields of the working ranch. When he donated all...

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Mar 17, 2009 - The Alamo and the Riverwalk

We spent St Patrick's day downtown where the river was supposedly dyed green. Not sure what it looks like normally but we didn't see much green in the water. Every other person had on green clothing though so I guess it worked out. We started at the River Center Mall, which we learned is one million square feet and is not even close to being one the city's largest! We bought tickets for the narrated boat trip and learned lots of interesting facts about the city. For instance, it is now 6th largest in the USA, recently overtaking San...

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Mar 15, 2009 - Luminaria

Went to an arts festival last night in downtown San Antonio called Luminaria. My younger son Aaron and his girlfriend Kayla flew into town on Thursday to spend their spring break with me here and we went to see the sights. They have a large area downtown around all the scenic areas blocked off with 8 or 10 differnet stages where a wide variety of music and dances was performed. There were lots of art exhibits and artisans of all kinds giving demonstrations. Of course, lots of lights and light displays to illustrate the theme. Here were some...

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Mar 15, 2009 - Hill country Part 2

Did some more sightseeing around Kerrville - this is Texas Stonehenge - pretty darn strange. The sign says a guy was doing some work and some stones just happened to fall in a way that reminded him of Stonehenge so he decided to build this one. Now his family maintains it for free - they take donations, but don't charge admission or anything. This sign tells the whole story This is a store we saw on the way there obviously near the Ingram dam. Another interesting store we stopped to browse - this was the back yard and this and this...

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Mar 4, 2009 - Hill Country

I am about 60 miles NW of San Antonio for a week. I met another forum friend and we've been hanging out. As you can see in this pic the terrain here is starting to be a little different - Texas hill country. This is somebody house way up on the hill . Here are some photos from a city park where I take Eddie to run - it's across the street from the RV park . My new friend Karen took me to Fredericksburg - a town settled by mostly Germans. It is very proud of that heritage and is full of funky little shops in cool historic buildings. This...

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Feb 23, 2009 - Victoria

Well I moved about 80 miles north and west to Victoria TX on the Guadalupe River. It was settled in 1824 by Alonzo de Leon. It was strategically located on the trail from Matagorda Bay to San Antonio which allowed it to prosper and grow. Railroads are prevalent here, reminding me of Lima. It seems pretty industrial as well with several large chemical plants here. The RV park here is only about 1/10th the size of the one IN Port A so Eddie doesn't have anywhere to run. I did take him to the park today and let him have a little fun. Here are...

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Feb 13, 2009 - The King Ranch

One place on my must-see list in Port A was the King Ranch. My friend Beth borrowed a car and we drove about an hour to find it. The town of Kingville grew around the ranch and many places in it were direct subsidiaries of the ranch. The family has also donated many parcels of land over the years for schools, churches and other needs. There was a museum in town with lots of blown-up photos, saddles and various vehicles used on the ranch or by the family. We also watched two videos - one about the history of the ranch from the 1840s to...

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Feb 12, 2009 - Lady Lex

I drove my rig into Corpus Christi with the intention of touring the floating museum of the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. To get into Corpus I had to drive over a medium high bridge - I have been living on an island - and I hate bridges. I made it over with only slightly sore hands from gripping the steering wheel hard because I believe that somehow my tight grip is the only thing preventing the entire structure from fatal collapse. I navigate around the city (population 277,000) and approach the bay where the Lex, as she is...

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Feb 6, 2009 - Amazing Days

I had two absolutely amazing days here at the beach. Yesterday was beautiful - only slightly breezy, sunny and warm. Went to beach for two hours or so and it was nearly high tide. Lots of fishermen out today. All along the beach were these funny looking blue string things. A couple I met had been to the aquarium the day before so she filled me in - they are man of war jellyfish and are quite toxic and painful if you touch them. A big beautiful heron of some kind perched on this sign for a long time This morning I took the trolley into town...

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Feb 3, 2009 - Port Aransas

Okay, here's what I've been doing in Port Aransas. Going to the beach every day - usually twice because Eddie loves it. Sunday was an exceptionally nice day and lots of people and dogs were out You can actually drive on the beach here and people park within feet of the waves to fish or just sit One guy brought his new toy Saturday I went over to Rockport with some new friends. We saw white pelicans, which I didn't know existed Then we went to a funky little restaurant that has about 50 flavors of cheesecake, several of which you have...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Getting Started

I started on my great southwest adventure a day late due to problems with the battery in the RV. Here's what it looked like when I left. Traveled south to Elizabethtown KY after successfully navigating thru Dayton and Cincinnati. Still cold but minimal snow there see photo of pond at campground there The next day I went on a tour of Mammoth Cave very cool - see photos The second night's campground in Jackson TN was not nice at all so decided to get up earlyish and head on down to Little Rock. This campground is part of the Corps of...

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