San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

I had a birthday in January (the 23rd to be exact), and Jack asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday. Without hesitation I responded, “Go to the Missions National Historic Park.” So we went.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historic Park preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. All four of these missions were built during the late 1600s and early 1700s.

We didn’t do the missions in any particular order because we went to the one closest to us first. If you decide to visit these missions, I would suggest getting a pamphlet of information about them first, and then plan your course. I would suggest going from south to north or north to south. Then you won’t “back track” as much as we did.

We went to Mission San Jose first. It was the one with the biggest visitor center (we didn’t know that at the time). Mission San Jose was established in 1720. The church that is still standing was built in 1768 and founded by Father Antonio Margil.

Next, we went to Mission Concepción which was established in 1716 as Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de los Hainais in East Texas. The mission, which was founded by Franciscan Friars, was moved to San Antonio in 1731, and is the best preserved of the missions. We were not allowed inside the church because they were doing some preservation work that day. In fact, in one of the pictures you can see part of a camera crew with two workers. They must have been doing some kind of news story on the renovation work to be aired in San Antonio in the near future.

The guy on the far right is the cameraman.

Then, we went to Mission San Juan which was established in 1716 as Mission San Jose de los Amazonia in East Texas. The mission was renamed and moved in 1731 to San Antonio.

Finally, we went to Mission Espada. It was established in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas near present-day Augusta and was renamed San Francisco de los Neces in 1721. It was moved to its present location in 1731 and given its current name.

Each of the missions is unique, and the churches are so different not only in size but in decor, style, and color. We really enjoyed strolling around each site and learning its history.

So, for now ….. “In the Road Again!”


San Antonio, Texas

When we left Aubrey (on Jan. 7th), we headed south to San Antonio. We took our time, however, this one sign made us a bit anxious.

Texans may like to run down their highways at those breakneck speeds, but we sure don’t. Especially when traveling in an RV! 😂

Anyway, as I said, we took our time. We arrived at Admirality RV Resort, set up camp, grocery shopped, cleaned “house,” and paid bills. Then we proceeded to sit for several days and watch it rain. 😑 That was ok because we were a little tired from the holidays and traveling. We rested and played games: Three Thirteen, Dice 10,000, and Rummikube. Finally the rain stopped for a few days, and we made some plans.

First we went to the famous San Antonio River Walk. It was very unique and so pretty. I bet it is even more gorgeous when the trees and flowers start budding out in spring. Here are a few photos of our stroll along the River Walk.

One day they even had some kind of market on The River Walk. The sidewalks were were lined with ALL kinds of vendors!

As we were exploring the River Walk, we realized that we were very close to The Alamo. We decided to take the self-guided tour using rental phone-like devices that we could listen to in order to learn some of the history. The rental of these “phones” was only $7.00 a piece, and they were worth the money!

As you can see from this map, there are several buildings and structures still standing.

We toured them all. There was quite a bit of restoration being done on the actual church building, plus you cannot take pictures inside that building. Here are some of the pics I took of the outside of the church and in the museum.

Under each one of these arches in this wall is an original cannon from the battle of The Alamo.

You could take pictures inside the museum.

There was SO much to see and read about in the Alamo museum that cannot possibly be portrayed in this blog. I took more pictures, but you really need to go see it all in person and learn about that part of Texas’ and Mexico’s history. Fascinating!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”


P.S. Oooops! This should have been published a couple of weeks ago! I thought I had published, but it was still in my “Drafts” folder. 🤦‍♀️ I guess “better late than never” is appropriate in this case. SORRY!!

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