I walked in on my husband the other night while he was half-way through the movie, Inglourious Basterds, and sat down on the couch next to him. The scene playing was where Brad Pitt shoots up a room full of Nazi's and when I asked my husband who this character with the Hill Billy accent was supposed to be, he explained and also mentioned that he was supposed to be related to Jim Bridger.
"Who is Jim Bridger? I know of a Jim Bowie, but not a Jim Bridger," I asked.
My husband then said, "Man, that is what is wrong with you Texans...all y'all learn in school is Texas History. I can't believe you don't know who Jim Bridger is!"
It should be noted that after that exasperated statement, my husband didn't exactly explain who Jim Bridger is either.
Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to see and visit the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Of course I had learned about the Alamo in Texas History as my husband reminded me, but I also saw it in old westerns too. So you can bet I was surprised as anyone else when I walked onto the Alamo Plaza and saw this:
My husband and I looked at each other with questions in our eyes, but neither of us really saying anything to one another. Could this really be the Alamo? It sure doesn't look like anything on television...or in postcards that I'd seen. We snapped a bunch of photographs and went through a walkway, utterly disappointed.
That's when I looked ahead and saw several tourists snapping photographs and standing in a line that stretched around the block. That's when I yelled,
"Honey! I found the Alamo!!"
Yes, it was only slightly embarrassing.
Other views of Alamo Plaza:
Entrance into Alamo Plaza
These tourists reminded me of Mall Cop
Presentation being given at the Alamo that we walked in on half-way through
The six flags that flew over Texas (Spain, France, Mexico, Texas as a Republic, Texas as part of the Confederacy, Texas as part of the United States)
The Alamo even has their very own Alamo Rangers
Model of how the Alamo once looked
Texas Mountain Laurel in the courtyards at Alamo Plaza.
I thought the lavendar flowers looked so beautiful that I ended up stopping at a Home Depot in San Antonio and purchasing two plants for my front yard. Keep your fingers crossed the weather doesn't get down to 0 degrees F next winter. After this last winter, anything's possible.
Be sure to check out my other Spring Break 2010 Posts:
Part 1: Texas Weather is Like a Box of Chocolates
Part 2: Roadtrip Cheapwadry - Driving on the Wild Side
Part 3: Why I Don't Drive on Roadtrips
Part 4: Canyon Lake
Part 5: Hooker Hotels and Long Lost Aunts
Part 6: The Alamo and I Still Have No Clue Who Jim Bridger Is
Part 7: Let's Go to Luckenbach Texas