I have to share just a few photos from my trip since I am such a proud Texan. I know my family (who read my blog and never comment) will appreciate them.
Our first stop was the Texas State Capitol. This is view from the east side. Since everything is bigger in Texas, our state capitol is the largest in the United States. It's not the tallest, Louisiana has that honor, but it is taller than our nation's capitol.
Inside the capitol dome.
We visited the Texas State History Museum in Austin, and then headed south to San Antonio.
Out first stop in San Antonio was Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, founded in 1720 when Texas was under Spanish rule.
I loved how the doors around the mission were numbered.
Beautiful ironwork abounded.
The doors of the church at the center of the mission and their beautiful Baroque facade.
These gorgeous hand carved wood doors were made in 1937. The church was finished in 1782.
The inside of the Mission San José church which still holds weekly mass.
The mission grounds were being prepared for their annual gala and fundraiser (which is the reason I have no photos of the famous Rose Window). Workers were hanging these gorgeous piñatas all throughout the mission.
I could not stop photographing them.
I want one for my house!
On to the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio. It was built for the world's fair in 1968. A glass elevator ride to the top of the 750 foot tower provides beautiful views of San Antonio.
A hamburger lunch and tour at the Texas Buckhorn Saloon & Museum.
This place is true Texas all the way.
Our obligatory photo in front of the Alamo.
When you tour the Alamo (as I'm sure is true of all historic battlegrounds), you really do feel as if you are standing on hallowed ground.
A riverboat tour and dinner on the gorgeous and historic San Antonio Riverwalk.
I'm a Coke fan, but I didn't tell them that at the Dr. Pepper Museum in Dr. Pepper's birthplace, Waco. They claim to have the largest collection of soft drink memorabilia in the world. The old fashioned soda fountain Dr. Pepper wasn't too bad I guess.
Our last museum was the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. It was interesting. They have a lot of guns in there. A lot of guns.
I wasn't sure how much room I would have on the bus, so I didn't take the ripple afghan. Turns out, it's become too large to be portable, especially with all the necessary yarn skeins. So, I took the hexagons and pieced them on the bus where I had a row all to myself. A few of the girls enjoyed being able to pick the next random hexagon for me to attach.
Thanks for letting me indulge in a little Texas pride, partner. Have a wonderful weekend!