The day after Thanksgiving, Russel and I headed out to San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo. What a wonderful city with such atmosphere! But I must admit, that wasn’t my first impression. As we followed the directions to central San Antonio, we got more and more nervous. The buildings were continually getting more worn down, dirtier, and more decrepit. But finally we found the Alamo.
What a building full of history. Russel and I were both slightly disappointed about the lack of respect that visitors failed to show the fallen 170 men of the Alamo. Men from all across the early United States, Ireland, Whales, Germany and Italy. They fought through impossible conditions: 4000 Mexican soldiers marching across the border, against the 200 Americans defending a small fort and mission for thirteen days. There was a comparison made of this fight to the Battle of Thermopolis when the Spartans went against the Persian army with impossible odds. There, they claim that a warrior ran home to tell of the story, where 300 men stood against thousands. But at the Alamo, no one survived. The women and children who were present for the battle were safely hidden in a room without windows and no sight to witness the ongoing battle outside. A few days later after the massacre, the Mexican army under the command of Santa Anna was defeated by a band of supporters from Southern Texas, the Texians, who defeated the Mexican army in the Battle of San Jacinto in less than 18 minutes. The incredibly history of the Revolution of Texas and the men and women who died there is still intriguing and interesting for the thought that those men gave their lives in an improbable situation to a freedom that didn’t even yet exist.
Later, we headed to the Riverwalk, which had a totally different atmosphere than the street nearly 25 feet above. It was lush, romantic and exotic. The walks were lined with sidewalk cafes, and as it began to get dark, the trees and bridges were lit with thousands of tiny Christmas lights. It was an amazing way to spend our last day trip in Texas, and with only two weeks left, definitely an experience worthwhile.