As a kid, I was in love with Davy Crockett because of the TV show on Disney on Sunday nights. I really wanted a coon-skinned hat, but my mother got me a Davy Crockett patch that she sewed on my jacket instead. Not quite the same as the hat, but better than nothing.
In late August, I went on a business trip to San Antonio Texas. It was my first trip to the city. Before our project started, I had a couple of hours to explore the area near my hotel. It was just about 100 degrees, and it was very humid! Not to be deterred, I walked the few blocks to the Alamo to see where my hero, Davy Crockett, died.
I’ve heard that, like Stonehenge, some people are disappointed by the Alamo because the building is so much smaller than they expected (though I have been told that the original grounds surrounding the Alamo was quite substantial). Maybe because I’m a small person, I loved the Alamo building as it is. It is small but that makes me think that the people within were even more vulnerable during the battle of the Alamo. Inside, there were artifacts from men who fought on display. I saw Davey Crockett’s vest (he was not a big guy), wallet and rifle, but unfortunately, his famous hat wasn’t there.
Within the Alamo compound, there were a couple of other buildings and a very pretty park. I had never seen so many prickly pears growing.
After visiting the Alamo, I walked over to the Riverwalk, the other main tourist attraction in San Antonio.
The Riverwalk is below street level, and it’s lined with hotels, restaurants and shops built on either side.
There were Venice-style bridges every now and then so you can cross over to the other side, and flat-bottom boats that you could ride to see the whole thing. It’s very attractive, although definitely touristy.
I went up the staircase to explore La Villetta, a mini-village with shops and artisan studios most of which were closed when I was there.
I came upon a Walgreens pharmacy near where I was staying. Loved the old-fashioned sign. It really looked like a drugstore at the corner of Happy and Healthy compared to the stripmall versions I’m familiar with.
I wish I had time to see more of the city, but the limited time, the temperature and the fact that I was exploring on foot let me see just a small part of the city. In fact, I just returned from a second trip to San Antonio where we conducted Phase 2 of our market research project, and though the temperature was a more tolerable 93 degrees, I still wasn’t able to explore outside the tourist area. Hopefully, I’ll get to go back someday for pleasure and see more.
BTW, I stayed at the Sheraton Gunter, an older hotel that was renovated and modernized, and it was very nice and a good value. I had a huge room with two huge windows and a very comfy and gigantic bed. Even though it wasn’t directly on the Riverwalk, it was only one block away.
Have you been to San Antonio? What was your favorite aspect of the city?