Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

San Antonio..again April 15-18

We stayed at the RV park in Bandera an extra day after the dance rally to catch up on house hold stuff and pick up Joel's mail and then headed over San Antonio.  We met up with several folks from the dance rally at the Eagles parking lot where we parked for a few days.  This was not the most ideal place to park, (pretty noisy) but it was closer to the Cajun Festival and the San Antonio Fiesta.    It was the final weekend of the San Antonio Festival, a celebrating the defeat of Santa Anna after the massive slaughter at the Alamo.
 We caught up with friends at the Trader's Village to listen and dance  to Cajun music and enjoy some Cajun food. By the look on Janet's face, she is not to impressed with crawfish, the center piece of the festival.

 This was a Cajun Festival so there were lots of crawfish..3 lbs for $12.00.  Sounds like a lot of crawfish, but it isn't.  At most you get a teaspoon of meat from each crayfish.  It's tasty, but work!! We'll be going to another festival in early May in Louisiana so we'll have plenty of chances to eat crayfish.
The dancing was ...O.K.  but we didn't stick around because there were too many other things to do and see.

Trader's Village is a gigantic (flea) market, so we perused the different vendors.  Maynard, true to  his fun loving character modeled this Dallas Cowboy hat, showing everything is bigger in Texas.

 We returned to the Alamo and Maynard and Nancy decided to rent one of the  tour phones and share it.  They had to get really close to in order for both of them listen to it at the same time.
 While looking for a short cut to the River Walk we discovered this nice pond and falls at the entrance of one of the hotels.

 This sculpture was erected for the hemisfair in the 1980s representing the partnership between the US, Canada and Mexico. You can see it from the River Walk as well as other points in the city  making for a great land mark.
 The Buckhorn Saloon is noted for its stuffed animal heads.  There are hundreds.  We didn't go in the museum , but we did go in the lobby area and saw all of the different deer and sheep.   I wonder what else they had on exhibit in the museum.

 The River Walk has lots of resting spots and water features.  Nancy, Maynard and Joel are sitting on the "tree stump bench".  The structure is made of concrete but it looks like real wood.

At one point  he river is dammed up and there are locks .
 Many of the buildings are lit up at night.  This is the hemisphere built for the hemisfair.  That is the full moon shining in the background.
 We were able to catch part of the moon light parade.  It was pretty hard to find a place to see the parade and the crowds were sometimes 12-20 people deep. ...i.e. lots of people!! The parade was the finale to the San Antonio Fiesta.

These folks had great seats, although a little precarious.
On Monday we rode the barge  boat down the river again with Nancy and Maynard, which was much more pleasant than the last time we went which was on a weekend. It wasn't nearly as crowded.  Actually, Monday after the Fiesta, was the perfect time to be in San Antonio because all of the crowds had left. The streets were empty and quiet.

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