San Antonio and Friends

San Antonio and Friends

We were able to spend about a week in San Antonio.  We stayed at Fort Sam Houston, which is only a few miles from the heart of the city.  The RV Park was nice and I think it took us the same amount of time to get from the gate to the RV Park as the time to get from the gate to Downtown.  Great place to stay. Our friends from our Virginia neighborhood, Jack and Alesia live just north of the city so we got some time to spend with them and did some of the tours around the town.  In addition, an old shipmate, Bryan, was in town visiting his daughter and new granddaughter.  Bryan was assigned as my “sea daddy” when I showed up on the USS Henry Clay (Gold) way back in 1978, he helped me get up to speed and I learned a lot from him.  We kept in touch over the years and did meet a few times but it has been quite a number of years so it was great to get together and show him my new rig and get lunch down on the river.  He went out of his way to take time to spend it with Cathy and I, so i am very appreciative of his efforts to get together, it means alot.

Here are some of the Photo’s

Our Rv spot at Fort Sam Houston
Alesia, our tour guide
The main church is quite small, I remember the old movie that seemed to make it seem bigger
Shows the current buildings overlaid with the 1860’s layout
Nice museum on the left, the grounds are very nice with huge oak trees providing shade
moonrise over the Alamo
Alamo memorial

Next up was a boat ride on the river in downtown…

San Fernando Cathedral

County Court House

Another great spot is the former Pearl brewing works, just north of downtown, they are building a district full of housing, restaurants, hotels along the river…

Emma Hotel
inside the Emma Hotel

Taco joint across the river from the Pearl district

We did do a few day trips, one was to the Garrison Brothers Distillery, north of San Antonio, where they made the first Bourbon outside of Ky, great place, met the owners and got a wonderful tour of the place, deep in the hill country of Texas…

Neat event place in one of the storage barns

Next was the Nimitz and War of the Pacific Museum in Fredricksburg, Tx, the hometown of the Nimitz family.  An excellent, well done museum that needs to be on the must see list when in the area.

Nimitz Family Hotel

There was a lot to see, the town is easy to walk around, and has plenty to do.  Town has plenty of restaurants and the people very very nice and helpful.  We plan to come back and spend more time seeing the things we did not get time to do, like the mission trail that runs south of the city connecting several missions that were established along the river.



5 thoughts on “San Antonio and Friends

  1. Tom and I are hoping to go to Texas in March. Sounds like you are having a grand old time. Take care. GO STEELERS!

  2. Not to get all picky on you, but I suspect you have a minor typo in “Next was the Nimitz and Wart of the Pacific Museum…” . Other than that San Antonio looks great. The Alamo did’t look much changed from 1971 when I went to a crypto C-School out at Lackland AFB.

  3. Seeing but we were anxious to get to Ca. and the grandchildren. We did enjoy that more than anything else. But don’t really regret it. Looking forward to seeing you in Feb. L&Ps Mom

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