The Norman Transcript


May 22, 2014

A lot more to see in San Antonio than the River Walk

SAN ANTONIO — I had never been to the Alamo. Even though I’d seen the movie starring John Wayne hundreds of times, I had never been to the actual historic landmark.

So when I reserved my hotel for my trip to San Antonio for the Western Confernece FInals, I couldn’t help but pick the Crockett Hotel, which is right across the street from the Alamo. In fact, when I open my blinds in the “haunted” 105-year-old hotel, I am looking directly down on the ground where the battle took place.

I was pretty geeked when I finally found time to go on the tour. While I’m not a military historian, I do enjoy learning about the past.

Unfortunately, the actual experience didn’t live up to what I had built it up to be. Part of it may have been walking through the site in unbearably humid weather, but the main reason for the disappointment was that the movie had ruined it for me. I couldn’t get the images of the 1960 film out of my head as I strolled the grounds. It made the real thing less exciting.

I know that the actual Battle of the Alamo is one of America’s greatest patriotic stories. However, the park rangers didn’t have the ability to bring that to life for me.

Not for tourists: When Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals ended Monday, I had a pretty good idea that San Antonio’s nightlife would not be the best place for Thunder fans.

I was correct. By the time I left the AT&T Center, the River Walk was nearly dead, and most of the people I saw had on Spurs’ gear still chanting that somewhat annoying “Go Spurs Go” chant.

After ducking my head into a few clubs and talking with locals about the game, I stumbled upon a restaurant called The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar. Located in the heart of the River Walk, it’s open 24 hours and serves real Mexican food.

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