Drago’s First Birthday

October 12, 2012

Drago’s birthday is 10/10, but Chad and Liz organized a party for him on saturday so we could be there.  Six near one year olds and parents made for an interesting afternoon!

My morning walk –

October 13, 2012

San Jacinto Battleground – April 21, 1836 – Texas State Historic Park

Chad and I drove to the east side of Houston to tour this important historic site.  Santa Anna had already taken the Alamo and also executed over 300 Texans who had surrendered at Goliad.  However, he made the mistake of splitting his forces leaving him with about 1300 at San Jacinto.  The Texans had about 900 men and Sam Houston attacked in the afternoon when the Mexicans were not ready.  Santa Anna was so confident he had not even posted sentries!  It was a slaughter, with cries of “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad” over 600 Mexicans were killed  with the loss of only a handfull of Texans.  The next day Santa Anna surrendered and Texas had won its independence.

At 567 feet, this is the world’s tallest memorial stone column.  It is 12 feet taller than the Washington Monument, plus it has a 35 foot Texas star on top.

USS Battleship Texas – commissioned in 1914, is the only surviving battleship to have served in both world wars.  It is about the same length (573 feet) as the memorial is high!


It was great fun, we were able to go three levels above and below the main deck.

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