#47 The Missions of San Antonio

The Missions of San Antonio

September 29, 2006

After Panna Maria, I continued northward to San Antonio with my mind on Mission Stamps.

Here's the story and here's my plan...
I'll be entering San Antonio from the south so I'll visit Mission Espada first.

Mission Espada.

Mission San Juan
Mesquite trees like this one are plentiful in this part of the country...considered a "trash" tree.
They can can certainly "trash" a paint job if vehicle is parked underneath one!

Mission San Jose is the most well known of the four San Antonio missions.

Mission Concepcion

And here they are...
The different mission stamps, collected as I visited each one
And though not an actual mission, don't forget the last on the trail is the Alamo.
Because we have been reminded before...
"Remember the Alamo!"
And while downtown, there are a couple other sights to share of the many sites to see.

The famous Crockett Hotel sits right behind the Alamo.
Hemisfair Park was the site of the 1968 World's Fair.
And yes, I did attend it when I was six years old...before my birthday in September.
Inside the park is the Hemisfair Tower.
The top houses a restaurant and slowly spins.
As you eat you can eventually enjoy a 360 degree view of San Antonio.
North of town, the 40 foot tall boots still stand on the north side of North Star Mall.
Joske's is long gone, but the boots remain.

Moving on down the road to New Braunfels to spend a week with my sister, Lorrie, and her family.
I will spend the week performing "Aunt duties" as assigned by Lorrie.

Still following trails blazed long ago...

#46 Panna Maria, Texas

Panna Maria, Texas

September 29, 2006

This Livestock Auction house has nothing to do with Panna Maria, except that it is a few miles south, outside the town of Kenedy, Texas.
This is where my Dad took many a calf to sell at the weekly auctions. Karnes County is one county over from Goliad County.

Now for the star of this Fleeter Log...

The Church building at Panna Maria.
Originally built in 1855, it is home to the oldest Polish Catholic Parish in America.
The cornerstone plaque located on the front corner to the right of the front doors. The Texas State Historical Marker to the left of the front doors.

Next stop...
The Missions of San Antonio

#45 Old Chase Airfield & Berclair Haunted Mansion

Old Chase Airfield
Berclair Haunted Mansion

Thursday I met up with some friends I haven't seen in about 20 years.
Guess what? Now they too like to motorcycle around on back roads.
So I rode out with Janna & Gary to see what we could see.

The ride started out simple enough, but then we came across an open gate.
And an invitation into the old Chase Naval Airfield now owned by Goliad County.
Now the ride starts to get more interesting.

This airfield was built in the 1960s as a practice field for jets to practice "touch and gos" on land before going out over the Gulf of Mexico to try it on aircraft carriers.
The tower is open so we head up to see what the view is like from the top.

The view of the runways was so great that we knew what we had to do to complete the experience...

Yep. We had to go ride on them. Absolutely!
When might you ever get another chance to fleeter down a 7,000 foot runway? ...a runway large enough to land any size plane. Matter of fact, Air Force One has landed on this exact runway... This is close to where Pres. George H. Bush went quail hunting.
A 7,000 foot runway is about 1 1/2 miles long. Can't see the end of it...

Janna was deputized as photographer.

We had another stop down the road before going home...
The Haunted Mansion of Berclair, Texas.

Check the windows closely. There have been reports of an older woman watching the grounds even though the house is uninhabited. Could this be the original owner, Miss Etta Wilkinson Terrell, watching after her home? We didn't see anyone at the windows today, but maybe we were blinded by the sun.
If you knew the size of Berclair, you'd realize that any mansion there is a story in itself, but a haunted one gets even more attention. This one has lots of stories...some of them are shared...
It's been a fun day ...
Flying with Fleeter & checking on Miss Etta.

#44 Fleetering Around Goliad

Fleetering Around Goliad

September 24-27, 2006

On my way from Magnolia to Goliad, I went past the Country Club of Cat Spring.
This helicopter is a Vietnam Veteran's Memorial north of Hallettsville.
Just how wide do you think one of those might be?
Not as wide as I thought it would be!
Lavaca County courthouse in Hallettsville, Texas.
Just another fabulous Texas sunset.

My friend and roommate from years ago, Lynette with her husband George, own and operate the
Raisin L Ranch. It's not your typical kind of ranch, but then ... Lynette never was typical!
It's a great place. Check it out.

Now this is deep in the heart of my old stomping grounds.
Really...if you count two-stepping as a kind of stomping. This is where I spent many a Saturday night (even some Friday nights) way back in the day...

And you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you this is where we had parties. But really, this caleche pit was the location of at least one high school graduation party.
Goliad County courthouse.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...one fence line over,
there was a slight fire control problem.
Seems the wind picked up and spread a once "controlled" brush pile fire.
Heading back home after the fire truck excitement...
When I was a kid, I put in many hours wandering these roads on my horses!
One afternoon, while staying in Goliad, I got a guided tour by a "yellow jacket."
The "yellow jacket" got me home before sunset...barely.
There's home...as the sun sets.
Peeking out my bedroom window at sunrise.