It’s 10 o’clock – Do You Know Where Your Ranger Is?
Let’s play a guessing game a la “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”
Even on a warm summer night, I feel a little shiver here.
Where do you think we are?
This is this week’s entry for the 1 Day 1 World Project, for the 10:00 – 11:00 pm hour.
The Alamo? I’m guessing as I’ve never been there in person… How perfect that your visit happened during the 10:00 pm hour!
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I recognized those paving stones in the first picture immediately!
You are a true Texan!
I am definitely not a Texan so am left kind of clueless–I hope you’ll come back and fill us in!
I don’t want to just tell you because that takes the fun out of it I think. 🙂 It’s probably the place that non-Texans most associate with Texas. “Remember the….!” Think John Wayne…
Oh, so it IS the Alamo! One of the other comments made me think it wasn’t, for some reason. Cool!
Yes it is!
I think the other comments about the paving stones were meant to show that if you’ve been there a lot, just seeing the pavers are enough to tell you where you are – you don’t need to see the roof line too.
We end up in San Antonio several times a year, and like a lot of people, we end up down there checking on it, to be sure the Daughters of the Texas Revolution are still doing a good job of caring for it! 🙂
I’m not a Texan but I sure love these photos!!!!!
Thanks! You might have seen its replica in a famous John Wayne movie.
I hope you can make it here and see it (and some more of Texas) in person one day. But in nice cool weather. 🙂
I ‘hear’ ya on that one!!
Well I know where you were – in San Antonio at the Alamo! Would recognize those words anywhere, plus the limestone pavers. Have been there a few times myself – for history buffs it’s the place to be in S.A.!!
Of course you are right! There is something so special about being on that ground with people from all over the world – seeing the newlywed couples, the people bringing their babies for the first time, as well as “well-seasoned” visitors like myself!
It was quite a surprise when I first saw the Alamo. It’s so small. Yes, I know some of it has been torn down. But I think it’s an even bigger surprise to see that the downtown area has been built up all around it.
The famous building was just a chapel in a much larger compound – and it had already been abandoned for about 100 years when the Texians were defending it back in 1836. One of our friends (who is from here!) thought that it had been brought in to the downtown area to be a tourist attraction!
That is pretty funny!
I am not a native Texan but I’ve been here long enough to have visited SA many many times and a visit to the Alamo is always time well spent.
Great take one! Alamo is such a special place.
Very clever post!
Isn’t this 1 Day 1 World Project fun? It’s like I can be on the plaza and kayaking with you at the same time.
Sounds like an occasion! We’d be sure to get noticed if we really did do both at the same time…LOL
Agreed, this is fun!
I like a bit of mystery, and those last couple of photos are beautiful 🙂
It’s the Alamo – I would think that with your centuries of history, our short history doesn’t draw much attention, so just in case you’re interested- in 1836, Texas declared independence from Mexico, and this old mission compound in San Antonio was where about 200 Texians (as they were called then), were gathered. About 1500 Mexican soldiers showed up, and the Texians held them off for 13 days, before the compound was overrun and all the Texians were killed. The Mexican army moved east, but was defeated 6 weeks later, and Texas became independent. So now the Alamo is a shrine to all those who gave their lives.
Great entry for the project! I love guessing games. A bit late to the party, but I did think Alamo as soon as I saw the 4th photo, and thanks for the history given on Jo’s comment. Interesting to think how the course of history has shaped borders and really how meaningless they are, just enforcing people to be labelled differently when really we are all just people.
I recognised it too, but needed the roofline. I’ve been once and I too was surprised how littel was left. But that makes no difference to the power of the memorial.
You’re right, it is very powerful. From what I know of the men who died there, none of them were particularly heroic in their earlier lives, and some of them were disreputable – but when the chips were down, they pulled together and did what they had to for the good of others, and that’s what makes them admirable to me. 🙂