We took a long weekend in February and got away for a few days. We headed first to San Antonio for a trip to the Alamo. We had been once before, but were surprised at how hard it was to visualize the battlefield. So, this time, we did a little reading and printed out a map or two before going to the site. So... here is the Alamo we all think of:
but we learned that the cute little curvy top that is the iconic Alamo shape didn't even exist at the time of the battle. It was added years later to make it more attractive as a historical site. This building was actually a safe place during the battle and the few survivors, women and children, were found in one of it's rooms.
The Battleship Texas faces the San Jacinto Monument, so we headed back into Texas History with a ride to the top of the monument. San Jacinto was the battle that turned the war for Texas Independence in Texas' favor. Here is where the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" began. This monument is unbelievably huge. The star on top is 34 feet tall and sits atop a 570 foot tall monument. The elevator takes you to a viewing area just below the star and the view is amazing!
The limestone steps
have shells embedded in them
The next day we attended a political rally. This was a first for us but a great experience. We spent a lot of time waiting in line to get into the building, more time trying to get a good view, then some time catching confetti and waiting in line to get out of the parking lot.
After the tram ride we played in the museum part of NASA. Dad, Maggie, and FRitW piloted an Apollo capsule,