For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history.
Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground.
Yet most come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty.
The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
After our historical morning, Bonnie and I toured the River Walk. We enjoyed the warm Texas sun and a little lunch.
Located about 20 miles outside of Austin in the hill country of Texas...it seems like you are driving out to the middle of nowhere.
I pulled into a huge parking lot where there were hardly any cars...maybe 5:15 is a little too early for dinner? A wafting smell of hickory greets you as you walk into the restaurant...a huge pit with beautiful links of sausage, beef, pork and chicken are smoking their wayto perfection.
I was seated right away and given a menu.
The story of how Salt Lick was started by Thurman Roberts is on the back of the menu....hmmmm, I wonder if we are related since my maiden name is Roberts!?!
I place my order and not even 5 minutes goes by before it is placed in front of me. After my first bite, I realized that I have found the best BBQ is Texas. The brisket just melts in your mouth with a delicious smokey flavor...the BBQ sauce, which is a mustard vinegar base sauce with just the right sweetness, is perfection. The edges of the brisket is like carmelized meat candy! I could eat a whole plateful of burnt ends! The sausage is juicy and full of smokey yumminess. The beans are tasty using the bbq sauce as its base. The cole slaw creamy and the potato salad is more like a warm smash potato salad...very different and yummy. The peach cobbler was wonderful way to end the meal.
When I finished, I realized that the restaurant had filled up. There was now a long line to get in. I heard that the wait could be two hours on the weekends...luckily I had arrived at the right time. Would I wait two hours to get into BBQ Heaven!?! You betcha!!!
Every morning I wake up and see, The most handsome man lying next to me. He's the one I cherish and love, A blessing sent from Heaven above. I will love him as a faithful wife should, And do everything for him I could. I would let him know everyday, That I love him more than words can say. For the two children we have together, And the love for God in each other. It will keep our love for each other strong, And the Lord will guide us away from all wrong.
A cemetery is full of headstones, some plain and others elaborate. It's interesting that the symbols that decorate these stones hold many meanings for those who are left behind...the living.
A child on the headstone usually represent the untimely death of the innocent. A sleeping child is a Victorian death motif.
Frances Dieterich served in the military from the field artillery symbols. A wreath symbolizes a victory in death, saintliness and glory, eternity.
Meeting beyond the river.
Clasping hands means a farewell to earthly existence.
Weeping Willow means grief; death, earthly sorrow, the symbolic tree of human sadness, nature's lament.
A bouquet of flowers holds a wealth of symbols: A rose=love, hope and beauty...a full bloom signified someone in the prime of life. Calla Lilies represent marriage and fidelity. A Lily of the Valley signifies innocence, humility and renewal. The daisy means gentleness and innocence. And the morning glory, which suggesting mourning, mortality and farewell.
Farewell my wife...
Drapery over anything symbolizes sorrow and mourning...hand holding an open book is the embodiment of Faith...thistles represent earthly sorrow.
FLT in chain links is a symbol of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization. Stands for Friendship, Love, and Truth. Hand holding a heart means charity. Hourglass is the passage of time. An eye found in a triangle or within a sunburst. This is a masonic symbol.
A harp symbolizes praise to God. They are often carved with a broken string, representing a break in mortal life.
A hand pointing the way to heaven.
A sad epitaph.
The crown symbolizes reward of faithful, victory, triumph, glory; righteousness; resurrection. The ivy along the edge of the headstone means abiding memory, friendship, fidelity, immortality.
Daffodil means desire, art, grace, beauty, and deep regard. Hand pointing downward symbolizes mortality or sudden death.
Anchor means hope, life eternal and it may signify seafaring profession.
Out from the main part of Austin towards the hill country,
this BBQ joint sits besides a lake full of turtles.
It was an early dinner after a day of antiquing, so I had arrive before the usual eating crowd.
I placed my order and this amazing bread came out first. Oh my...it was a freshly baked, warm, chewy piece of perfection. It had been a long time since I had eaten bread like this. I definitely wanted to take a loaf of this back to the hotel. The waitress said the best thing about this bread was making french toast with it. Unfortunately, I wasn't staying in a hotel where I could do that.
I ordered the Lite Two meat Combo...I choose the 2nd cut of brisket which is a little fatter cut and the sausage links. It comes with beans, potato salad and cole slaw. This arrived quickly. The brisket was flavorful and a little juicy. I was happy to get the 2nd cut that was marbled with some fat...the lean cut would have been too dry. The sausage was also flavorful and quite juicy. Their BBQ sauce was okay...a tomato based sauce. I like a good vinegar tomato based sauce with a little molasses. This was a little more than kethcup for me. The beans, I didn't like at all. The potato salad and cole slaw was nothing special. The BBQ meat here is good but only the bread is what I'd come back for!
Austin's Oakwood is the oldest city owned cemetery was started in 1839, with the burial of its first tenants that were victims of a Comanche attack.
Many pioneers and builders of Austin are buried here.
Mignonette Carrington Pearce
April 16, 1838-March 4, 1902
Sweet mockingbird sings sweetly there,
Green grass, dear flowers, lie light, lie light,
Breeze, sunshine, rain touch gently here,
Sweetheart good night, dear heart good night.
Roses can mean condolence, sorrow; the brevity of earthly existence; it can also indicates how old the person was at the time of death: Just a bud - normally a child 12 or under. Partial bloom - normally a teenager. Full bloom - normally in early/mid twenties. The deceased died in the prime of life
Hands in some form are very common on grave markets. Symbol of leaving -Hands, clasped: Many times these hands all seem to be in the same, but look for a number of interesting characteristics. First, most of the hands show the right hand in a grasp with fingers overlapping the other hand while the left hand is open. This could symbolize that the devotion of these two is not destroyed, a close bond between individuals, unity and affection even after death. Clasped hands are also symbolic of a farewell or last good-bye. Look at the cuff to distinguish between a man's or woman's hand (woman would have a frilly cuff.) The person who died first holds the other's hand, guiding the spouse to heaven.
These were very big in the 19th century. Besides marking out plot lines the actual railings and fences around grave sites actually started with a more practical purpose in mind - keeping the animals out.
William Custard 1810-1895
Jane Smyth Baker 1819-1869
Grapes and leaves mean Christian Faith and the blood of Christ.
James C. Illingsworth 1857-1887 A precious one from us has gone A voice we loved is stilled A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled The boon his love had given And though the body slumbers here The soul is safe in Heaven.
A broken blossom, whether a rose or another flower, indicated that someone had died too young.
A horse signifies courage or generosity.
Cherubs are used to designate the grave of a child and indicates the omnipresence of God.
Heart shaped iron fence
The Beth Israel Cemetery is located within Oakwood.
A hand holding a wilted flower or bouquet symbolizes the mortality of life, as once a flower is cut from its stem, it dies. A lily is the virgin’s flower, also the symbol of innocence and purity.