Today I finally did it. Everyone told me I had to. So I did. I saw the Alamo.
But first, lunch! I ate a calzone at Guillermos Italian. It was pretty tasty! Well, except for the raspberry tea- that was way too sweet.
After eating, I scootered on down to the Alamo. It's the centerpoint of downtown San Antonio- the whole area is built up around it.
I got in line and I stood there. And eventually found that they'd hidden 2/3 of the line in a corridor you couldn't see until you were there. So I waited some more. The line was an hour's wait. At least I got plenty of reading done!
While I was in line I saw a sign that said "no skateboards allowed on premises". While I was holding my scooter. That didn't turn out to be a problem, though- people rarely give my scooter a second glance, because compared to a skateboarder, I appear much more safe and sane in crowds- I don't need lots of swerving and wide turns an high speeds to control my speed and direction. I'm just fine going a leisurely walking pace in a straight line on my scooter if I need to.
I got in side and saw that it was just an empty room, except for a few plaques and artifacts. Oh.
Looked around a little, then went outside, only to discover that I didn't need to wait inside at all to see the garden area out back. Well, at least I came all this way and went in!
Out back was, sadly, the most fun part of the Alamo: a fake Mexican officer inducting children into the Mexican army. It was amusing seeing the children who couldn't keep straight which hand was their left when the officer said to raise it :)
After departing the Alamo, on the suggestion of the waiter from lunch, I went down to the riverwalk. There was a lot of hustle there; it's quite the tourist trap, with tour boats putting around everywhere, lots of stalls with vendors proffering their wares, and restaurants lining the river barely six feet from the edge. It was very scenic, and a lot of fun to scooter through.
I left downtown San Antonio, rode back to my truck where I left it at the restaurant (yay, scooters- no downtown parking!), and headed off to a place a coworker suggested: the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest caverns in Texas.
There weren't that many people when I got there, towards the end of the day, but I'm told it was quite busy earlier. I was pretty worried when I crested the hill on the way in, because I saw hundreds of cars stopped, waiting to get in. Turns out that's the safari exhibit next door, and both facilities have four-lane entrances, and I couldn't tell it was two entrances right next to each other. Whew!
Normally, they run tours every 40 minutes. But this week was spring break, when their daily traffic skyrockets from 300 people to 3,000 people, so they had employees stationed around the path to talk about things, and let people go through self-guided. That was just fine with me! I was passed by a number of other groups as I relaxed and enjoyed the scenery.
I tried to take a whole bunch of pictures inside the cavern, but they all came out pretty terrible. Dart places, and all that.
I was sorely tempted when I got out to go on the ropes course they had. I've never been to a cavern with a ropes course before. This places has billboards and a big facility and everything, a real tourist trap. All the other caverns I've been to are real out-of-the-way places with facilities that don't look like they should be turning a profit at all. Interesting contrast.
Eventually I got out and headed back to Bastrop, stopping at Lucy's Fried Chicken on the way through Austin. It was pretty good! Though they put some kind of mild pepper in the corn bread that was really weird.
And that's my day! It was jam-packed full of stuff. It's about time!
My dream car These ice cream scoops look very nice, but not $30/ea nice