San Antonio – Just Passing Through

I’ve spent the past 3 weeks at a land rig about 45 minutes south of San Antonio, Texas.  I wasn’t about to visit this area without taking a trip to see the Alamo.  We had a little down time which afforded me a few hours to drive in to the city to go see it.  Impression?  Not what I was expecting.  I didn’t realize it was smack dab in the middle of downtown San Antonio.  I guess I had a different image in my mind of an old fort standing at attention from up out of a dusty Texas landscape.  The city has done an excellent job of renovating and preserving this historic landmark but honestly I wasn’t very interested in it for that very reason.  The problem here is with me and a simple case of failed expectations.  As a result, I didn’t feel much like shooting and took only a few photos.  That aside, may I say that I certainly appreciate the care and honor bestowed on this excellent bit of American history.

My greatest fascination with the Alamo, aesthetically speaking, was all the stonework and the shape of the windows and doorways.  I’m a sucker for textures in my images and this place had a wide variety.

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Here’s a shot from inside one of the rooms of the old fort.

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Across the street from the Alamo was this large V-shaped hotel building.  Craning my neck to see the top of it, I caught glimpse of an interesting perspective that I thought worth a capture.

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Stopping at a rest stop on my way out to the rig, I came across this tree with its fractal-looking branches.

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5 thoughts on “San Antonio – Just Passing Through

  1. I’ve been to the Alamo several times and felt the same about its location. Brandon’s brother, Tanner, has lived in San Antonio about 5 years now, so that’s a regular stop for me.

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  2. As always, Tom- your pictures are simply amazing. The Alamo is something that has fascinated me since I was a boy, listening to Davy Crockett 78’s, reading about him- everything I could. He was a young child’s hero.

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  3. Well I’m glad it’s not just me. It was a neat visit, just not what I was expecting. San Antonio sure has a super clean downtown area. I’d like to go back there sometime and visit the Riverwalk.

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  4. I spent a week there with the kids in April last year. We loved it there…however, we spent our week at a campground that had an entrance to the Missions Hike and Bike Trail. We loved using that trail! I think it’s about 8 miles from one end to the other but you can see all the Missions from that pathway. We only made it to one and really enjoyed seeing the original artwork on the walls 🙂 We did the Riverwalk which was very enjoyable as well…if you can enjoy trying to make sure Sylar doesn’t fall in and drown! I think if we ever go back that might be a big kid kind of outing!

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  5. Hey thanks for the info. If I get a chance to go back to San Antonio I definitely want to visit the Riverwalk. It looked like there would be some nice restaurants and cafes down there. Hope all is going well for you guys in Thailand! Ya’ll stay safe and have fun!

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