We are spending 2 nights in San Antonio. Yea! A break from driving. Man is it ever hot here.  Not just hot but BLAZING HOT!  Yesterday reached 102 degrees. After we checked into the Hotel Indigo we wandered down to the river walk area.

It’s really neat.  It’s hard to imagine by reading the descriptions.  The river runs below the street level so once you descend to the river walk area there’s no traffic noise and it’s shady and cooler. We had a late lunch at The Iron Cactus. Skip got the fried fish tacos and I got the tequila marinated ones so we could try both. It was hard to decide which was better!

After lunch we took the requisite river boat tour. It was a good way to learn about the history of the city.  It was interesting to learn that San Antonio is the second oldest city (Saint Augustine is first.). Also, the river is natural and spring fed. Guess it doesn’t look very natural in its current commercial setting!
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Enjoying the riverboat ride.

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Bailey is not much of a city dog.  There’s not much grass around.  We’re right across the street from The Alamo but they have their lawn roped off. We found a small patch nearby for Bailey to use but carried him across the hot streets.

We cooled off a while in the hotel before heading out again for dinner.  The river walk was much more crowded. We found a Mexican place with good margaritas and outside seating with fans and misters.  People watching was, shall I say, interesting. A mariachi band serenaded us with Besame Mucho (after they made it crystal clear that they expect a tip!)

We topped off the evening with a drink at the hotel bar where the nice bar tender gave us recommendations for the next night.

Our first priority today was to visit The Alamo right when it opens to avoid the heat.  We enjoyed touring the grounds and hearing a history talk by a volunteer. The most amazing site is the live oak tree that’s over 100 years old and lies intertwined over the barracks.

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The Alamo, a small bit of history surrounded by Americana (Ripley’s Museum and lots of tacky stuff)

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Beautiful gardens at The Alamo

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These walls have seen a lot of changes

In an effort to stay cool we decided to view an IMAX film at the rivercenter mall. It was so funny because we were the only people in the theater to watch a 3D movie about monarch butterflies
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Private IMAX screening

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Bailey chills out with sheepie

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