Today we finally made it into San Antonio. It has been chilly and rainy most of the week and we have put off exploring in hope of more warm weather. Even though it is still rainy and cold I just had to get farther out than the laundry room today. We started out by exploring the Buckhorn Saloon and the Texas Ranger Museum because they are in the same building. The Buckhorn is the oldest Saloon in Texas and boasts an amazing number of stuffed wildlife from around the world and bizarre oddities such as shrunken heads, an 8 legged lamb and a two headed calf. The Texas Ranger Museum showed the history of these important lawmen who made Texas safe for the pioneers including an impressive display of guns and knives and a Texas frontier village.
What really redeemed the day was the Riverwalk. I really had no conceptualization of what it would look like having never seen a photo or read anything about San Antonio. Both Donald and I were overwhelmed at how beautiful it was even in the drizzle! The Riverwalk is easily reminiscent of European cities with its lush greenery, the Spanish architecture, the beautiful stonework lining the river walls and sidewalk and the surprising waterfalls at regular intervals. If you look closely at my amateur photo you can see pink flowers in full bloom on this tree.
Our weather is warming up significantly and hopefully this next week will have me reporting on the Alamo (which we walked right by today) and various other Missions in the area. Next Saturday should see us back on the road again. Stick around to find out where we go next!