In the shadow of the Alamo


When work wrapped up today, the family piled in the Element and headed toward downtown San Antonio for some exploring. Yes, we went to the Alamo. There — got that out of the way.

When traveling on a budget, nothing is more annoying than having to fork over ten bucks to position your vehicle on a tiny piece of asphalt for an hour. Needless to say, we embrace the hunt for street parking. Circling the city blocks adjacent to Alamo-ville for fifteen minutes, we finally found a metered spot a few blocks away and backed the car in.

On my third parallel parking attempt (admittedly not my strongest skill), J. fell asleep. There we were, all jazzed up for some Alamo action, and the boy tucked into a snooze.

Well, when life hands you lemons… shop! Not exactly how the old adage goes, but in this particular moment, I was happy to embrace it. Margaret handled the babysitting and I walked ten paces from the car to the front door of the Alamo Antique Mall.

I am no Antique expert, there is no money in the budget for vintage treasures, and we have precisely zero souvenir space in our ten-foot travel trailer. But I love rummaging my way through dusty rows of relics, marveling at the designs and styles of yesteryear.

The Alamo Antique Mall did not disappoint, with stalls dedicated to chic kitchenware, stacks of retired license plates, piles of rotary phones, mountains of shabby furniture, and a plethora of vintage Texas tchotchkes. To top it all, Alamo Records and Sheet Music, a veritable museum of vinyl recordings, makes its home on the top floor of the mall. I could have spent hours in that nook alone.

A delight of this trip, where time is not a limited commodity, is the opportunity to roll with the day and embrace the unscripted. A fortuitous parking spot and a timely nap opened the door to one of my favorite finds in San Antonio.

My family is currently traveling around the USA in a 10 foot Shasta Compact travel trailer from 1969. We are currently camped in San Antonio, TX and headed toward Austin. Keep it right here for tales from the journey, and please also join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Nothing keeps us motivated more than the encouragement of hearing from our readers, so please keep in touch by commenting below. Thanks!

4 thoughts on “In the shadow of the Alamo

  1. I really enjoyed the Spanish Governor’s Palace and El Mercado in San Antonio. And I love everything about Austin! Enjoy your time in the Lone Star State!

  2. hey man! this is great! so fun to read-fully join your adventures! I really like the overall look of the blog–nicely done! But what’s most impressive to me is a toddler ready to roll with it. J. get’s the kudos award in my book.

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