As Al and I travel around, we occasionally stumble across a location that embodies comfort. We find ourselves in such a location at a Corps of Engineer campground at Canyon Lake in Texas, just 45 minutes north of San Antonio’s River Walk.
In spite of inclement weather with record low temperatures and persistent overcast skies, we thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay. The view out my rear window is the kind of view I relish and routinely search for.
We love parking near water and Canyon Lake provided the perfect backdrop to a beautiful campsite. The cold dreary weather kept us indoors the majority of our stay but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the area on the couple of somewhat nice weather days we did have.
Our first excursion was a visit to The Alamo and San Antonio’s River Walk. It’s a Tuesday morning. We hop in the truck and head into the city around 9 in the morning hoping any rush hour traffic has long past. It turns out to be a relatively easy drive taking us about 45 minutes from the time we leave Canyon Lake until the time we’re parked in a nice parking lot…..St. Mary’s east lot.
City parking isn’t always easy when driving a pick-up truck with an extended bed. Fortunately, we have no trouble fitting into a parking spot near Broadway and Pecan and find the $5 for the entire day to be quite a bargain. Score!
It’s a short and easy walk over to The Alamo where I quickly start snapping away. It’s a brisk overcast morning with few other visitors.
The battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas revolution. This epic battle for Texas independence took place in 1836. There is no fee to tour this 300 year old structure, but there are a set of unique rules befitting The Alamos status as the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
Rules of Reverence – Help Honor Their Memory
- Gentlemen, please remove your hats inside the Shrine.
- No open containers are allowed inside the buildings.
- No food or drinks are allowed inside the buildings.
- Photography is not allowed inside the buildings.
- No camera or cell phone use is permitted inside the buildings.
- Please do not touch the walls or display cases inside the Shrine.
- No pets are allowed on Alamo Grounds (service animals allowed).
- No restrooms inside the Shrine. Public restrooms located at back of grounds.
- No obscene or offensive clothing is allowed.
- No bikes or skateboards are allowed on the grounds.
- Please lower your voice when speaking.
- No unauthorized weapons are allowed. CHL allowed with permit.
- Ice chests are allowed but must not be left unattended at any time.
Al and I spend about an hour touring this historical landmark before venturing over to the River Walk……..
We are currently located in Benson, Arizona, making our way back to Phoenix. The warmth of the desert is welcome but the lure of Texas is strong. I see more Texas explorations in our future. For now, we look forward to visiting our son in Phoenix.