San Antonio has always been one of our favorite cities. Luck would have it – we were in town when we had to decide on a location to pause our travel due to COVID lockdowns.
Typically we’ll spend a maximum of two weeks at a single location (or we go stir-crazy), but lucked out to land at Alsatian RV Resort in Castroville, TX, which is about 35 miles outside of the city. This resort could easily be a getaway destination in itself with its spectacular swimming pool, hot tub, friendly visitors, and amazing staff, so we were happy to be here for our “travel pause” due to COVID19.
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Fast forward about six weeks, and we were feeling comfortable enough to get out a little. We decided to stretch our legs and take a short afternoon journey down to the River Walk and the Alamo to share with Caleb a few of the reasons why we loved this city so much. We were learning how to address concerns about our health and safety for the “new normal” but found It was super easy to stay socially distant at this point as many places were still closed.
While it was somewhat eerie to step down the ordinarily busy steps of the River Walk, we found ourselves relaxed and soaking in all its beauty. If you’ve never been before, the River Walk is just that, a walking path along the river located one level down from the city streets. It is gorgeously landscaped with beautiful flowers and trees that make you feel like you’re in a botanical garden. There are also a few bars/restaurants that line the area as well, and our favorite is Casa Rio for their fantastic Tex-Mex and margaritas (too bad they were still closed while we visited).
Just being able to walk along the quiet sidewalks, enjoying views of the Alamo, and teaching Caleb of its history and importance felt like a treat to all of us at that point. We have found that getting out and seeing/learning about history is one of our favorite parts of our travels.
We thoroughly enjoyed having the place pretty much to ourselves. We only came across five other people while down on the River Walk that day.
Fortunately, since we were there, things have slowly opened back up, and our country has learned how to return to life somewhat-as-normal safely. San Antonio is a city filled with rich history and culture, beautiful sights, gorgeous landscapes, and AMAZING food! It remains a must-stop for us again and again and we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list as well.
Here is a 360 photo we took of the Alamo. You can see we were the only people around.