Me and my boys had a blast on our Texas Forts Trail vacation.<br><br>http://web.mac.com/ezyrider/iWeb/new/index.html<br><br>We need to do it all over again just to spend more time in the charming little towns we blew through. I fell in love with San Angelo. One of the prettiest small cities in Texas. The rolling hills and mountains were gorgeous! And Fredericksburg is flat out amazing. I told my wife she would flip at all the antique shops. Sonora was gorgeous too. The Caverns of Sonora were better than Carlsbad IMHO. We ate at local diners and cafes instead of the fast food chains and never had a bad meal. Dallas is so blah compared to even the smallest town we visited. I hate to come back to a big city after that.<br><br>On a more somber note: we came back Tuesday night and my Mom passed away Wednesday morning. So I spent the second half of my vacation making funeral arrangements. She had Alzheimer's but knew who we were until about 3 weeks ago. She still recognized our faces but couldn't remember our names. She was happy and cheerful until the end and that's more than most of us can say even if we aren't sick.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks everybody. I appreciate the condolences.<br><br>Waleed, the photo you are referencing are ovens in the fort bakery. All the forts were very self sufficient and not only had bakeries but also had flour mills and farms to grow all the vegetables and grains they would need. It is a very harsh climate for growing especially in the 1800s without modern irrigation technology. I was amazed they could survive at all in the 100 degree heat of summer. Those buildings were hot and we were in t-shirts and shorts. It must've been brutal in those wool uniforms. <br><br>I was taken back that most of the forts were so open too. But after a bit of study I found that the Commanches and Kiowas never attacked the forts directly. They prefered to attack on open ground. Plus all the forts were equipped with several pieces of artillery. The bloody history of the Indian Wars amazed and sickened me at the brutallity on both sides. During the Civil War the Union paid the Commanches to raid Texas settlements and offered bounties on how many scalps they could bring back. That policy backfired on them after war in the 1870s though. Very interesting and little known history that took place in my own backyard.<br><br>The German colony that founded Fredericksburg made a treaty with the Commanches that was never broken. I really admired that.<br><br><br><br><br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ezyrider on 08/13/07 11:30 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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