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Thursday, May 7, 2015

SAN ANTONIO, TX


SAN ANTONIO, TX


27 Apr - 3 May

This is our second time we have visited San Antonio, TX. To read about our first visit click HERE. This time we are staying a Lackland AFB FAMCAMP, about 15 minutes from down town San Antonio.


Hiromi has felt a little under the weather so we have been limited to the area around the base. Towards the end of the week of our stay I have caught whatever Hiromi had. I took my vitamins, aspirins & Day Quil (Nite Quil at night) and got out of the RV to do some sightseeing. I hate to be sick and will do anything to stay active. However, Hiromi dose not want to move and sleeps until she feels better.

If you have never been to Texas, be careful on the highways. The exits and off ramps are not like most other states. On ramp flows into traffic with very short lanes. The road along the highway are one way and are part of the off ramp where the ramp cars have right-a-way, but the cars don't yield when you get off. Speed limit is 65 on the high ways and 45 on the side roads. However, cars passed me like I was standing still. No wonder there has been 782 deaths on Texas roads this year in just four months that's an average of 195 deaths a month.  BE CAREFUL!

Close to Lackland AFB and just along side US 90 stands the 9-11 Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial. Thousands of people must pass these Memorials daily, but we were the only ones there when we stopped. Both of these events will live in infamy, I just sat at these Memorials reflecting on these times in History.


Before going to tonight's baseball game, I made a stop at Sports Cards Plus to start restocking my inventory. The store is not big on common cards, they are know for boxes and high end cards. So I was like a kid going through boxes after boxes of cards searching for my cards. It was all about the thrill of the hunt. When I was done I walked out with 45 cards for $8, about $.17 a card. I can't even find cards that cheap online (plus adding S/H). I was able to add 9 more cards to my Travis Shaw collection along with some Cleveland Indians I got signed in spring training and started on my Pawtucket Red Sox players for when we get to Rhode Island.



Another town, another baseball game. This time it was the AA minor league team of the San Diego Padres, the San Antonio Missions. The team is rich in histroy dating back to 1888. The team is only two years removed from it last AA title in 2013. From 1973-1975 they were the Cleveland Indians minor league team. As a die hard Cleveland Indians fan, there has been several big name Indian players who once wore the Missions logo. Along with Kent State alumni Dirk Hayhurst.






I got lucky once more as I walked around the stadium and found four more baseball from batting practice.



I got the usual team mini bat and 2014 team baseball card set.



As we arrived an Air Force plane was passing over the parking lot to land at Lackland AFB.


The promotion tonight was $1 nite on hot dogs, soda and beer. Hiromi came to the game and it was a cheap dinner out. For the stadium I was a bit disappointed by the size as it was the smallest AA park I have seen in a long time. This time we sat on the third base side front row in front of the third base bag. The bullpen was along the wall beside us, but the team stayed in the dugout until the pitchers needed to get warmed up before entering the game. I saw the home team pull off another win, winning  9-0. It was a trifecta for the fan, the win, 8+ runs and 10+ strikeout fans left the ball park with coupons for a free pizza (8+ runs) and $5 off at Pollo Tropical (10+ strikeouts).

 Our seats along the third base line
 Team mascot a Jalapeno  

The last full day in San Antonio and we took off to see downtown. We walked the River Walk, Alamo and The Menger Hotel. To read about the River Walk and Alamo please click on the link above from our last visit. I heard about the history of The Menger Hotel so I just had to stop by. Located right next to the Alamo, this Hotel was a meeting place for Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders before setting off to battle. It also holds baseball history (go figure I would find baseball history in a Hotel). In 1922 Babe Ruth stayed here when the New York Yankees visited San Antonio to play an exhibition game with the San Antonio Indians baseball club on 31 March 1922.

 River walk
 The Menger Hotel 
 Babe Ruth
 Getting photo bombed in 1922
(The guy back left)

Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are on video only no pics .. sorry.

Alamo
 Hiromi and her ice cream trying to cool down from 
the hot Texas heat.



What's Next?
Three days of driving to Alabama, with visits to Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL.

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