USA Days 15 and 16

Day 15 of our USA trip was spent in San Antonio.  But first we started with a hearty breakfast at the Old German Bakery and Restaurant in Fredericksburg.  We were talked into ordering one of their famous pancakes as well as our individual orders.  Yikes!  It was huge and probably could have fed all 3 of us!  We also spent a few minutes photographing some of their historic buildings.

The drive to San Antonio didn’t take that long and our first stop was the Alamo.  Les and I had been to the Alamo in San Antonio back in the mid 90’s but from what I can remember of it then, it has changed.  The grounds are beautiful and the buildings well maintained but it felt like it lost some of the somber feel it had on our first visit.  Of course, then we went in the winter and this time was in the fall, but if felt more commercialized than it did then.  There is a lot of history to be learned and they had some actors filling roles to make it seem more real.  But somehow, I didn’t come away with the full sense of the tragedy and inspiration that took place all those years ago.  Still, worth a visit though.

From there it was a quick walk to the Riverwalk.  The Walk follows a part of the river in downtown San Antonio and has shops and hotels along the sides.  It was crowded on this day but it still is a pretty location.  And we had a terrific meal at Ostra.

Though I had thought of going to several of the other missions in San Antonio, we were tired by mid afternoon and were ready to head back to Fredericksburg and the campground.

The next morning, we decided to hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, before we pulled out of the campground.  There is a lot of hiking to be done in this park, but we chose the Summit Trail up to the top of a pink granite dome.  It wasn’t as strenuous as I thought it would be, but the hot day made for a sweaty walk!  From the top you could see in all directions.  It was beautiful!  

We got back to the campground just in time to pull out before the check out time.  Next stop, Waco!