Padre Island

Once 13 million acres of grassland across Texas and Louisiana. Now only 2 % of the grasslands remain. Lost through development and over grazing.

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San Antonio Texas

The first mission along the San Antonio River was constructed by a Franciscan missionary and began in 1690.  This was the first of 5 missions along the river. The purpose was to convert the savage barbarians to the Catholic Faith and make them good Spanish Citizens to pay taxes. They built churches, grist mills, raised crops, and changed the way of life of the people who lived there. There was no separation of church and state and being a Spanish citizen and being Catholic were one and the same.

Wheat and corn flourished in the valley and Pioneer Flower Mills started and still are in operation. Breweries thrived with the abundance of grain. The grasslands were rich for large hearts of sheep, goats, and cattle until over grazing turned the land to desert.

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Bicycle Riding in the City

San Antonio is so nice to go bike riding along the bicycle paths and see so much beauty and no trash. My town, Colorado Springs, has lots of trash and homeless camps everywhere. San Antonio was such a delight.

Eat at Pioneer Flower Mill,  Guenther House. Great Food, Great Service.

Always let sleeping cats alone.

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ROCKPORT

Which Rockport you ask as there are 23 in the U S. The one in Texas . Life is slow here. People talk and people wave.

Burger place, Whata burger, serves you, talks to you, asks if they can help in any way.

Protected bike lanes are here and lots of bike riders.

Coastal live oaks grow to 11 foot trunks with 89 foot crowns and over 1000 years old.

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Small Town America

In an RV camp there is still small town America. There is respect, people walking and talking to each other. This is close living but works.

Breeze Lake Campground has dinners, social hours, classes. People have time to be people.

Close to Padre Island is nice to, sand and surf.

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Sabal Palm Sanctuary

The last wild Sabal Palms, a native plant right along the border. Lots of birds.

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South Padre Island

The is the longest barrier island in the world. Over 500 species of migratory birds visit here and the Rio Grand Valley twice a year. 

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