The day after touring the Magnolia Silos in Waco, TX, we headed straight for San Antonio. Jon is a history buff. He totally complements my complete lack of knowledge (or interest for that matter) on the subject. So when we were in San Antonio over Easter, and he had the chance to go “stand where Davie Crockett died,” he was all for it. Oh, and it was free. #winwin
I have to admit, it was actually really cool. The main building at the Alamo is pretty grand. You can definitely feel the history there. Unfortunately, we weren’t to take any pictures inside the building. I was a total rebel and tried being discrete with my phone, but the camera Nazi’s (employees) shut me down pretty quickly. The one photo I managed to get was a complete blur with part of Jon’s head blocking the view anyway. #epicfail
What I enjoyed most about the Alamo were the exhibits they had outside. They had reenactors all over. We lucked out on the time we were there, because they did a musket reenactment. They talked about how many steps there are to reload a musket. They even had a shooting demonstration. It really put into perspective how much time it took to actually get to the point where you were ready to shoot. I just can’t imagine fighting an entire war with one-shot muskets.
Aside from the Alamo, San Antonio, in general, is actually pretty cool. Horse and carriage rides and trolleys all over the place. Downtown is quaint with brick roads and ornate street lamps and signage. If you’re heading to San Antonio, be sure you check out the Riverwalk. They even have boat tours. We didn’t take advantage of it, but they seemed like a great way to explore the city from a different vantage point while also getting your learn on.
Other than the Alamo and the Riverwalk, we didn’t really explore much. We’re not really city people. But it was pretty, so I did take a lot of pictures. =) Shocker, right?
The only reason we stopped in San Antonio was because is was Easter and no campgrounds had availability. We wound up finding a place to stay for free through Boondockers Welcome. Boondocking is basically camping with no hookups. But unlike the name, most people do offer you hookups. And it’s always free to stay; usually just for one night. But since it was a holiday, and campgrounds were booked, our host was super nice enough to let us stay in his driveway for three nights. He even took us out to dinner to his favorite Mexican restaurant the first night! Super wonderful host.
A random trip to San Antonio? Sure! Why the heck not? What else do we have to do?