Sunday (?Sunday? yes, Sunday…road confusion…) 7/19/15 settled in for a 2-day stretch in San Antonio, home of the famous Alamo, Riverwalk and Missions.
NOLA Thurs-Fri was a truly beautiful city, perhaps all the more so for lowered expectations. We toured the city via stop/go open air trolley-ish vehicle with tour guide in the 100 degree heat. Hottest day of the year, they said. But with a nice breeze it was doable. WWII Museum truly amazing (not to mention the gulf shrimp and grits for lunch.) I’m struggling with uploading David’s google shared pics from that day…
Then on the road Fri for a short-ish few hour drive to Houston via the Louisiana Plantations: we are an astonishingly acquisitive country, first the 1300 years of native americans vanquished and banished/subscripted, then the Mexicans, and then africans. The creole history is fascinating, but I’m not sure how we live with ourselves without having considered massive reparations. All in the name of war? Not so much.
The first series of pics below are from a 15 mile long elevated road over the Atchafalya swamp in Louisiana. Unexpected, and sorta creepy to realize after a few miles that we are surrounded by water, marshes (and no doubt amphibians. No stopping, no thanks!)
Then on to the wide vistas of Texas, big beautiful sky, and into Houston for the night. We happened upon an awesome hotel with one of the most beautiful acquatic centers I’ve ever seen—David got his laps in and we had another wonderful southern meal and mojitos!
We’re staying at the start of the Texas hills near a Six Flags in a hotel that’s the grownup version of an amusement park—50 yard long infiniti pool with a view, nightly fireworks, and more bars in one place than a stretch of New Orleans. Not quite my thang…but there’s not a hotel room to be had downtown, no real explanation other than San Antonio is the tourist center of the state.
Riverwalk (more pics next post!) lives up to it’s reputation…stay tuned for an update in a while!