Fort Worth's San Antonio Missions & Hill Country Drive

Fort Worth's San Antonio Missions & Hill Country Drive

Fort Worth
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 3:00pm
San Antonio

Sixteen members in 8 cars toured the chain of missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century.  These missions are a reminder of Spain's attempts to extend its influence north of New Spain (now Mexico).  Today, these missions serve their constituents and continue their history as active parishes.

On Saturday,  we began our trip from Fort Worth to San Antonio.  We stopped for lunch with a lakeside view at the River City Grill in Marble Falls on our way south.  Arriving San Antonio, our first stop was Mission Espada, which is the southernmost mission.   After the Espada stop, we visited the still-functioning Espada Aqueduct, built in the 1750s, which helped supply water to farms and ranches that sustained the Indians who chose Spanish protection in exchange for labor, conversion to Christianity and a different way of life.  We worked our way north, visiting Missions San Juan, San Jose and Concepcion, each stark and beautiful in its own way, but each a common remnant of Spain’s efforts to extend its Empire and Christianity.

After the Mission Tour, we checked in at the historic Emily Morgan Hotel, right beside Alamo Plaza, then had dinner at the Market on Houston, a restaurant on the busy streets of downtown San Antonio.  After dinner, we enjoyed the bustle of the Riverwalk on a Saturday night.  Some of us stopped for drinks at the nearest bar which could seat us.

On Sunday, we visited the last mission, The Alamo, on our own,  It is preserved not as a Catholic mission, but as a shrine to Texas liberty.  We then took to our cars at the designated time and place, and began our dippy, twisty Hill Country Drive. We stopped for a break at the quaint little town of Wimberley for some window shopping, then continued our drive.  Lunch was at the famous Salt Lick Barbecue in Driftwood.  After lunch, we continued our Hill Country road trip, our Mercedes cars at home on the twisties.  We said our goodbyes at a Starbucks stop in Marble Falls then made our way home.