After leaving Galveston, we continued south along the Gulf to Corpus Christi where we hunkered down for a couple nights. The weather was rainy and very windy, so we opted to not do any sightseeing and plan to visit again in the future.
From there, we drove south and inland to Mission, known as the “tourist mecca of South Texas.” It is 3½ miles north of the Rio Grande. One notable thing about Mission is that it is known as the “home of the grapefruit.” After a brief stay here, we wound our way north to San Antonio.
Along the shores of Medina Lake lies the Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Campground. It’s a rustic campground in the Texas hill country.
As we pulled up to our campsite, we were greeted by the locals – deer that were sitting all around our site.
The buildings all have a rustic feel to them. We really like the atmosphere here.
The lake is beautiful, and the dogs are enjoying their walks. Mandy makes eye contact with the deer and stares them down, while Muffy has barked and chased deer a couple of times.
The deer certainly aren’t shy…
The River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk has been called an “oasis” with cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes.
The River Walk winds through the city center and is the most popular tourist attraction in San Antonio. We took the short boat tour, then wandered along the banks of the river before stopping for a quick bite to eat. It really is a great place to visit.
Augie’s Alamo City BBQ
We wanted to sample authentic Texas BBQ, and the top recommendation was Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse. Known for their outstanding BBQ, atmosphere and live music, this was the place for us. It did not disappoint.
Founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission, The Alamo was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
The compound was one of the early Spanish missions in Texas, built for the education of area American Indians after their conversion to Christianity.
From the History Channel:
In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.
This is where the phrase “Remember the Alamo” was born.
The Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum
The saloon was established in 1881, making it the oldest saloon in Texas. Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders here, and it is believed that Poncho Villa planned the Mexican Revolution in the saloon as well.
Many of the original furnishings are still in use including the marble and cherry wood back bar.
Shortly after opening The Buckhorn Saloon, the owner realized that many of his patrons didn’t have much money, so he began accepting horns and antlers in exchange for a free beer or whiskey. The Buckhorn collection grew to become one of the world’s most largest collections of horns and antlers.
The Texas Ranger Museum
Housed with the saloon, is the Texas Ranger Museum, a collection of hundreds of items including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shot guns, badges, photos and much more.
It was interesting reading about different Rangers who were profiled in the museum, including John Hughes – the Original Lone Ranger.
Perhaps the most interesting exhibit in the museum, was a section dedicated to the notorious Bonnie and Clyde. Newspapers and artifacts, plus a replica of the car they were driving when they died in a shootout with Texas Rangers.
Also housed within the walls of the Buckhorn Saloon, is a museum featuring over 520 species of animals from throughout the world. Said to be the largest taxidermy collection, we meandered through a portion of the exhibit.
El Mercado / Market Square
On our final day, we visited Market Square where nearly all of the vendors were hawking “Mexican” clothing and souvenirs (many were made in China). There was live entertainment as well. That was fun.
Goodbye San Antonio
San Antonio is a great city to visit. So much to see and do, and we hit perfect weather. Now its off to the state capitol – Austin.