When Dave said he booked us two nights in San Antonio, I groaned. What would we ever find to do in San Antonio. Everyone told me the Alamo will take an hour, tops. And they were right. We didn’t spend much time at the Alamo. We went, we saw, we took pictures, we read plaques, and we appreciated the historic value of it. Done. Now what?
We decided to walk around the city for a bit and just see what we see. It was interesting and very random. First, we noticed that there is a huge revitalization project going on in the downtown area. Second, we noticed that San Antonio is one of the cleanest cities we ever visited. And, just like with the broken window theory Giuliani used in New York City, a clean and well maintained city feels safe. We were comfortable walking anywhere we wanted to go. I think this is rare in a large city. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York all had their shady areas I would avoid. The only other city I felt totally safe in was Vancouver, B.C. Impressive, San Antonio, and kudos!
During our random ambling around, we spotted the Buckhorn Museum. Dave said, “There’s a cowboy in there… and a Globetrotter.” Wait, what? He assured me it was a Globetrotter. Curiosity peaked, we entered the museum and browsed the gift shop while a Globetrotter was being interviewed and filmed. That was random enough, but to add to it, the Globetrotter had a goat on a leash and was being interviewed about the benefits of goat milk, cheese, ice cream, etc. Seriously? Seriously! We later found out his name is Stretch Middleton and he is 7’4″ tall. He is by far the tallest person I have ever seen up close in person. Dave, who is 6’2″, might have come up to his shoulders, but no one else in the room came close. Honestly, he didn’t look real. He looked like he was standing on stilts! Amazing and awesome to see!
We saw some beautiful old buildings such as some churches and city hall. Then we descended below street level to the Riverwalk. What a beautiful, complex, and unique area. The River walk follows the natural river path, but they also added straight canals in order to control flooding in the case of a 100 year event. There are shops, stores, and hotels galore along the river with paved walkways and gorgeous landscaping.
We ended up spending the rest of the day on the Riverwalk, walking and taking a tour by boat. It was cold, only 50 degrees F, but we warmed up with lattes and walked at a brisk pace. On our way back to our room, we came across great egrets, snowy egrets, and cormorants. So, of course, I went nuts taking pictures trying for that one shot… Dave thinks it was the great egret, but I really like the bright green eyes and patterned back of the cormorant.
It was a great day and we tired ourselves out walking so much, but we have to leave bright and early in the morning to get maintenance done on the car and then drive the 550 miles or so to New Orleans. I took a lot of pictures, so I am thinking about making a slideshow of the pictures taken along our cross-country drive after we get to the boat.