As is our custom, each year we celebrate the Christmas Holiday in a new location. The past 3 years it has been Big Bend NP, Natchitoches, LA, and San Felipe, BC, Mexico. This year we enjoy the culture, heritage, and festivities that are San Antonio, TX. Of course this includes the Riverwalk area. We booked our camping area months in advance for the Fort Sam Houston Fam Camp. Another one of our veteran retiree perks that we use whenever we can. Full hookups within 5 miles of all the festivities for $120 weekly. www.myjbsa-fss-mwr.com/nm/templates/?a=55 This is the nicest Military Fam Camp we have stayed at to date. Large, paved, level sites with full hookups, laundry, showers, bbq pits, playgrounds, fenced dog run, and propane service. Fort Sam Houston is a very large facility located very close to downtown on the NE part of the city. They have several gas stations, an incredible BX and Commissary as well as other services including veterinary service, golf course, thrift shop, SPA, and a huge VA hospital. That's right, I said a SPA.
One day we toured the Alamo, Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum downtown. An important note here. There is no cheap parking in this part of town. We paid $15 for 5 hours with 3 blocks of the Alamo and downtown district.
The Alamo (main chapel)
Alamo Grounds & Gardens
The Buckhorn Saloon
Bonny & Clyde's original car in the Texas Ranger Museum
We also took a day trip north to Gruene, TX to pick up some Pecan Roca. If you're familiar with Almond Roca.......this is even better. In fact it is sinfully delicious. It is all I wanted for Christmas. Afterwards we stopped near New Braunfels at Coopers BBQ.........like so many Texas BBQs it is delicious, but their brisket is the BEST I have ever tasted. Flavorful, crunchy, peppery crust with delicious interior. Add some beans tater salad, pickle and onions, and voila.........paper towels, no BBQ sauce, or utensils, heaven can wait.
Of course, let's not forget Christmas Dinner: Maple Crockpot Ham, Mashed Taters, Peas, Chutney, King's Hawaiian Rolls, Deviled Eggs, and Apple Cobbler for dessert.
This is our last stop before our annual pig hunt so we have been trying to whittle down the freezers. There was a lot of rockfish and clams on our menu this past two weeks. We did vary the menu with Monster Cheeseburgers, Finger Food, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, as well as Cajun Rockfish, Fried Clam Steaks, and Rockfish Frittata. Yeah, what I said.
It was a very nice stay in the area. The wealth of culture and festivities fits the holiday season perfectly. We're not crazy about the San Antonio metroplex as with most large cities navigation around, over, under, and through traffic pretty much defines stress. Although they do their best with digital bulletin boards that update conditions, this area is a MONSTER. Thankfully our camp at Fort Sam Houston was within 5 miles of downtown so our commutes weren't bad. We toured downtown from the Alamo to the Market District to the Riverwalk to the numerous Catholic Missions, exploring the other aspects and culture of the surrounding communities.
"Life is a daring adventure or nothing"
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