Monday, October 17, 2011

San Antonio

After entering Tennessee politics and serving two terms in Congress, Davy Crockett became disillusioned with political life and decided to leave it all behind him to explore Texas. Upon his departure from Tennessee, he made the famous quote:
"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."-Davy Crockett
Crockett fell in love with Texas, and died a year later fighting for its independence in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
On the last leg of our vacation, we stayed with good friends in San Antonio. You can't go to San Antonio without touring the Alamo. That's like living in Arizona your whole life and never hiking the Grand Canyon. Oh wait, I've never hiked the Grand Canyon. Bad Example. Moving on.

The story of the Alamo is absolutely fascinating and inspirational. It embodies the spirit and pride of Texas, and seeing the old architecture makes history come alive. Since returning home, I've been doing more research on David Crockett, Tejanos, and The Battle of the Alamo. It's all very interesting history!

After touring the Alamo, we decided to do some sight seeing on San Antonio's famous River Walk.

After a short jaunt down the river walk with six kids in tow, it became apparent that this could be a whole day shopping adventure in itself. After our history lesson at the Alamo, we decided that what we really needed was sustenance. Serious sustenance. So we ditched the river and had to go and experience a cuisine that is unique to San Antonio. Henry's Puffy Tacos. Pretty tasty stuff!

Our time in San Antonio was way too short. We realized that a family could realistically have an entire vacation in that city alone.

We had a LOOOOONG drive ahead of us, but we did manage to stop in El Paso long enough to know that we want to go back to take advantage of their dirt cheap western furniture, decor, jewelry, and boots.

I almost bought a pair of Texas Longhorns to hang in my living room, but upon further reflection, I realized that they wouldn't fit in the rental car. The horns would have had to lay across the kids' laps and out the window if we wanted to get them home. That would have been a torturous 7 hours in the car. (But don't think for one second that I didn't consider doing it!) Perhaps we will have to make a special bargain hunting trip to El Paso with our truck in the near future.

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