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It has been a good week and we have covered some ground since we left New Orleans on Sunday.
About 90 minutes down the road we stopped at the Travel America Truckstop to meet fellow blogger Ross. He and his wife Robin have their home for sale and are going full-time in an 2011 Allegro Bus that is on order.
After that, Pam took over the driving and before we could leave the parking lot, the 'Check Engine Coolant' message popped up. Ah--what is that?? Sure enough, we needed coolant. Glad we could get some at the truck stop.
At the Texas border, we stopped at the Visitor Center where I shot these photos...
We had hoped to get into our Fort Houston Travel Campground a day early. They were full but we did find an overnight spot with hookups at Brooks City-Base Fam Camp.
While in San Antonio the last couple of days we have seen some of the old Spanish missions in the area.
What a treat! The Department of Interior runs the tourist part of them while the Catholic Church runs the churches because they have active congregations and they are fully functioning parishes.
In the San Antonio region, Spaniards built five missions along the river in an effort to gain control and solidify their colonization efforts. The biggest and most well preserved was the mission at San Jose.
It was founded in 1720 and the beautiful church was completed in 1782. At one time over 350 people lived in and near the mission.
We talked with one who was replicating a stone sculpture piece for a archway. Another was high on a lift, delicately cleaning the front of the church. Unfortunately the church is closed to the public while the work is being done.
A few miles up the river is the Mission Concepcion. It was originally founded in 1716 and the church was dedicated in 1755.
It was a great time seeing them and we are thoroughly enjoying our few days here in Texas!
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