Yes, I am back from an 8-week traveling real life adventure!
First, I want to thank my friends and followers for the emails, pm’s and inquiries
to my where-abouts!
I came home with around 2000 photos from my travels; some to be posted on my
personal photography website and my travel blog!
And….I missed you all, too!
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So, my first assignment was to prepare an article within the San Antonio realm.
As I put together photos I mentioned to my sister that it’s really difficult to take a picture of
The Alamo without having a lot of people on the grounds.
Quickly I did a SecondLife Destination Guide search to see if anyone had developed
this as a build and to my excitement I found The Alamo!
My nephew was with me while I jumped in to take screenies of this most accurate
and detailed sim that I have seen
(among hundreds more that have inspired true likeness to the “real”)
and he was in just as much awe as I was!
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“Remember The Alamo!”
Who could not visit San Antonio without visiting The Alamo!
“Remember The Alamo”, a sort of San Antonio motto,
refers to the battle cry of the earlier Texan’s
striving endeavor for independence from Mexico. General Santa Ana’s Mexican Army seized
The Alamo after an exhausting fight to death by our Texas heroes amid what was once a
Spanish Catholic mission, turned fort. The name “Alamo” derives from Spanish cavalry members
who nicknamed the mission after their own village of Alamo de Parras; meaning “cottonwood”.
I bet some do not know that there were originally 6 organized groups who wanted
ownership of The Alamo during 1836 when Texas was in a state of revolutionary flux
where the former Mexican state had broken away.
The list: Monarchists desired Texas to be subjugated to the Spanish Crown,
The Confederation of Anglos and Tejanos had their own ideas
for Texas to be a republic independent
(along with a rebel confederation which was led by Sam Houston), the fledgling nation of the
United States preferred Texas to tie with them, particular Federalists preferred Texas
as a Mexican government and the sixth group, members of the Centralists wanted
Texas to be a part of Mexico but ruled by a national government.
On March 6, 1836 the Confederation of Anglos and Tejanos, dominant Hispanic landowners,
were indoors of The Alamo amid approximately 200 desperate men from all over
the U.S. and realized they were in need to face a helpless battle to defend their aspirations
for Texas with their lives; not realizing there was no aid on the way.
During two weeks of bloodshed engagement,
finally Santa Anna was fiercely knocking on their fort’s door.
By dawn of that historical day, March 6, 1836, the hostel Mexican soldiers took the Alamo.
The hidden Texian children, women and slaves (along with James Walker Fannin) were
executed by General Santa Ana’s order on March 26, 1836. And according to historical records,
there was not a single rebel fighter left alive to tell the tale of this historic battle.
Some 600 Mexican troops perished in this battle;
which tells me our 189 or 200 heroic and brave men put up a great fight indeed.
History tells us of one lone nonmilitant slave, known only as John,
lived to tell the provisional rebel government details of the fort’s battle.
So the month which followed that historical conflict, the wailing cry of “Remember The Alamo”
became the rally inspiration to gather the rebels again and march onward towards their goal.
Finally at San Jacinto (now named Houston, Texas) the commander of the brigade and
newly formed rebel volunteers, Sam Houston, led us into victory during another month long
and exhausting fight for the freedom of Texas.
On April 21, 1836, Houston heralded 910 men to march the plains outside
of San Jacinto and shot cannons toward the surprised Mexican forces.
The 20-minute battle was short and fierce. The Mexican soldiers had been caught off guard
and were completely vanquished by our battle cries echoing amid the smoke,
gunshots and whistles of cannons shooting by “Remember The Alamo!”.
As for myself, I cannot drive through or visit San Antonio without stopping to walk
the grounds of The Alamo.
Every time I visit the old mission I feel proud to belong to Texas as I read through
the historical plaque information and logs displayed about.
Today, the citizens of San Antonio (as so in Texas and the depths of The United States)
are made up of a multitude of nationalities. There is a common sense of friendliness and
scores of politeness in sharing of history and culture
embedded into the people I chance upon while there.
I see pleasing smiles on everyone’s faces and have been graced with kindly conversations;
from those who were born in the area all the way to transplanted
folks whom all seem proud to call San Antonio their home.
In closing, I certainly “Remember The Alamo” in my own special way and I most certainly
urge anyone who contemplates a visit to San Antonio to be assured of a wonderful experience.
Take your camera!
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And if you are in SecondLife ~ TAKE SCREENSHOTS!
Make sure to venture through the corridors, paths, gardens and grounds of THE ALAMO
and take the time to read through this quite authentic rendition of the mission!
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The San Antonio Rose” is a signature song by Bob Wills
(who btw was born in my Mother’s home town of Turkey, Texas).
When I see a rose or think of a rose, two things come to mind.
One, the song “The San Antonio Rose” and second,
“The Yellow Rose Of Texas” which is a traditional folk song and
is my Mother’s favorite flower!
I selected a Spanish lace style pant set, put my hair up and picked some roses
to pose in front of The Alamo’s grand superstructure of this real historical site!
The photo effect is one I devised myself to give it a festive painted feel
and my choice in attire was to mix the new with the old
since The Alamo is so alive to me, personally, today!
I hope you enjoy!
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NOW YOU KNOW!