All about an extraordinary road trip from New Jersey to San Antonio, and back again.

The Alamo

March 13, 2008 – 9:05 am | by Dave

alamo.jpgGiven our penchant for hitting the road early, it wasn’t easy to linger in the hotel this morning fighting the impulse to head out for The Alamo at 6:00. We opted for breakfast, instead. The coffee was good and the waffles were shaped like Texas. Considering that The Alamo, one of Americas most popular historic sites is here in San Antonio, Texas pride is not uncommon. We waited until the sun broke through the morning mists with the promise of a pleasant day, and headed downtown to the culmination of our journey westward.

Parking was convenient, and signs posted midway on every block pointed the way to the most popular downtown attractions, ensuring that we didn’t get ourselves turned around and wind up in Nebraska. Don’t laugh, it could happen. Minutes later, we were walking into Alamo Plaza. There was a towering monument alongside the mission that depicted the heroes of the Alamo, and gave testimony to their sacrifice there.

“They chose never to surrender nor retreat; these brave hearts, with flag still proudly waving, perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas”

We walked about the gardens for a while, which were beautiful, taking in the antiquity of the site and in consideration of the many monuments, dedications and historical exhibits that bring a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice made by these brave people. 172 years ago this month, the defenders of The Alamo refused to surrender to Santa Anna and his insurmountable army, knowing they did so at the cost of their lives, in order to allow Texas time to prepare. Without their sacrifice, Texas would have surely been overrun, and would not have won independence.

Inside the Chapel, which is The Alamo shrine to the fallen (no hats, no photos, please) exhibits show in detail all of the aspects of the 13 day siege and final battle. There are artifacts belonging to those who died there, including Crockett and Bowie, and a full accounting of the name of every defender that researchers have been able place at the battle. It’s a wonder and a joy that this site was reclaimed, as it had been turned into a warehouse in the late 1800′s. It’s heartwarming to see the respect and reverence with which The Alamo and the memory of the heroes who fell here are regarded. It was truly worth the trip.

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  1. One Response to “The Alamo”

  2. By Pete on Mar 14, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Dave, Hi Ollie, it’s Pete. I’m glad you made it to your destination in record time.I really enjoy reading about your trip, I really hope youse guys are having fun. XOXO Pete

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