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June 2014

Two weeks in San Antonio, Texas

15-27 June 2014

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For those of you who have been asking, I am in fact, still in the Army and we were in San Antonio, TX for these two weeks due to work. But that doesn't mean I won't try to get all I can out of the trip :)
Riverwalk cruise

Riverwalk cruise


our restaurant

our restaurant


San Antonio has some special meaning to Curt and I since we got married there so it wouldn't be a right to come and not hit the Riverwalk and the Casa Rio. We ate there after we got married and this time we got to take Emma with us. She wasn't even bothered by the little baby ducks that walked all around our table.
The Alamo

The Alamo


outside the alamo

outside the alamo


And of course you can't go downtown without snapping a shot of the Alamo.
nice day for tubing in Gruene

nice day for tubing in Gruene

pretty nice little saturday

pretty nice little saturday


Another favorite of ours is tubing down the Guadalupe. I had a groupon to do it for next to nothing and we had a pretty nice little Saturday floating down the river for three hours. At first the weather didn't look promising but it cleared up enough for the turtles to come and tarzan too!
river turtle

river turtle

Turtle on the lookout

Turtle on the lookout

playing tarzan

playing tarzan

perfect finish

perfect finish


We had a great time catching up with some folks from various stages in our lives. We hit Aldaco's restaurant with Missy and Roland and met Diana Loffgren and her son, Ryan at the Magnolia House. I would have gone back again if they made dinner but instead I had to be satisfied with my red velvet waffle.
red velvet waffle

red velvet waffle

with Diana and Ryan

with Diana and Ryan


Curt and I also had Paesano's Italian restaurant and dinner at the Alamo Draft House theater while watching 22 Jump Street.

I even got another trip to the Majestic Theater to see the Broadway Across America show, Sister Act. To warm up for the show we had some San Antonio staples of chips and salsa with a mango margarita.
San Antonio staples

San Antonio staples


Our last night we had some wine, beer and cheese and the Boiler House after wandering around the Pearl Brewery area and then had dinner at Demo's Greek restaurant.

We are now 10 pounds heavier and ready to head home to El Paso.

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Fort Stockton, Texas

14 June 2014

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The Army said I needed to be at a course on research in San Antonio for two weeks. So what I hear out of that statement is that I have the perfect opportunity to drive and sneak out an extra overnight trip. As it turns out there really isn't much between El Paso and San Antonio except Fort Stockton. So here goes the photo tour:
Fort Stockton marker

Fort Stockton marker


This stone reads that Fort Stockton was established on the Comanche trail in March 1859 as a protection of the San Antonio to San Diego mail route. Our guidebook states it was first named Camp Stockton but the army withdrew from Texas during the Civil War and abandoned the fort in 1861. Confederate troops briefly occupied the site until they withdrew in 1862. In July 1867, Fort Stockton was re-established by four companies of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment. The 9th was one of the new regiments organized after the Civil War staffed with African-American enlisted men known as Buffalo Soldiers.
Pepitos Cafe

Pepitos Cafe


Fort Stockton has a driving tour composed of 17 well marked historic sites. Before tackling that though we had to build up our strength with some chow at Pepito's Café.
Paisano Pete

Paisano Pete

Curt offering Emma to Pete

Curt offering Emma to Pete


Paisano Pete is one of the first exhibits at the start of historic Fort Stockton. He is the unofficial mascot erected in 1980 and declared the largest roadrunner in the world at 11 feet tall and 22 feet long. He is said to be one of the most photographed "birds" in the world.
donkey pot

donkey pot


The main street is pretty abandoned for a Saturday night but atleast it made it easy to pull over to read all the signs. One store was closed but still had a bunch of merchandise lining the street to include this donkey pot.
Annie Riggs Memorial Museum

Annie Riggs Memorial Museum


We pass the First National bank that now houses the police, The Grey Mule Saloon that does wine tastings and the Annie Riggs Museum. The museum was built in 1899 and is an example of Territorial architecture.
old jail

old jail


Next we pass the courthouse, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Zero Store Park. There is a rock that marks the point which all directions were measured from in the days of the Fort. The historic old jail is on the corner and now also a museum.
St Stephens Episcopal Church

St Stephens Episcopal Church

St Stephens Episcopal Church entrance

St Stephens Episcopal Church entrance


There are some remains of the oldest house, an old school and Army telegraph building, a few stores and Comanche springs. The springs used to be a stop for weary travelers but looks almost dried up today. Next is I think the most picturesque part of the tour in the St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
The Old Fort

The Old Fort


Historic Fort Stockton still has buildings that were for guards, enlisted soldiers, officers and stables. Finally you pass the cemetery that was in use from 1859 to 1912. Grave markers were testament to the hard and often violent life on the early frontier with people not often living past forty.

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