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    Lone Star Natural Bock

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jun 13, 2014

    Lone Star Natural Bock is clearly a ripoff of Shiner Bock, Texas' most famous beer. Unfortunately for Lone Star, their bock bier pales in comparison to Shiner. On RateBeer.com, Lone Star Bock scores an 8 overall and a measly 1 out of 100 for the bock style. Shiner Bocks gets a 39 style rating, still not great, but 39 times better than Lone Star!

    Lone Star Brewery was established in 1884 by Adolphus Busch and a group of San Antonio businessmen. The flagship beer is Lone Star Beer, "The National Beer of Texas." Both the original 1894 brewery and 1933 brewery buildings still stand in San Antonio, but the second location stopped brewing beer in 2000, and Lone Star Beer production is now contracted out to other breweries.

    Lone Star was locally owned until purchased by Olympia Brewing Co. of Washington in 1976. In 1983, G. Heileman brewery in La Crosse purchased the brand and the brewery. In 1994 G. Heileman beers were purchased by a private equity firm, then Stroh's brought the brands in 1996. In 1999 Pabst bought the Stroh label and its collection of beers, and this company maintains ownership of Lone Star Beer today. Other than Lone Star, Pabst owns Old Milwaukee, Colt .45, Stroh's, Olympia, National Bohemian beer, and several other brands.

    My favorite thing about Lone Star is the puzzles under the caps (http://www.lonestarbeer.com/fun_games/puzzlecapdecoder.aspx.

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    Fort Richardson

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 14, 2014

    Fort Richardson was established in 1867 to protect the frontier from Indian raids and used up till 1878 when the frontier had moved on. it was again later used during WWII as a mobilization site. What left today are the remaining buildings with only the post hospital open for visits inside.

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    Caddo Lake State park

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 14, 2014

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    Texas's only natural lake sits on the border with Louisiana and is most famous as a place to spot Alligators. it more Swamp and bayou by the state park than lake. best way to explore is by Canoe, which the park rents.

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    Houston

    by Jim_Eliason Written Feb 28, 2014

    Texas' second largest city has a very unique cultural, shaped by oil and its proximity to the gulf and Louisanna, Houston has a much more urban vibe than Dallas. It's home to a major Nasa facility and boasts world class art collections,

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    Alamo - Riverwalk Days Inn

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Please note this is the East Houston Street Days Inn.
    The location was awesome, walking distance to the Alamo and the Riverwalk. The room was very unkept, with a used bar of soap still in the shower, a deodorant cap under the sheets, and chips on the floor. Also, this is the most uncomfortable bed and most uncomfortable pillows of any hotel I have ever stayed in. I actually thought about sleeping in my car. In addition, you do pay for parking here, but only $10+tax.

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    Japanese / Chinese Tea Garden in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

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    I don't know if it has new owners since it is now a Chinese Tea Garden, but it is not at all beautiful. Or maybe it was the time of year that I went, there were hardly any plants. I wish I didn't waste time stopping.

    The entrance Water area Part of the outdoor eating area Koi fish View of the water area from the top
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    Mission Espada

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    The Mission is a little smaller than the others, but still a nice visit.

    Exterior of the church Entrance of the Mission Walls of the mission The Mission The church of the Mission
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    Espada Aqueduct

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    This is just a little stop right before you get to the Mission Espada. Glad I stopped, but there is nothing exceptional here.

    The aqueduct The Aqueduct Sign near the Aqueduct
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    Mission San Juan in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada. Or the opposite order if you are starting from the south.
    This one is not as large or as great as the others further North, but I'm still glad I stopped by. The church at this one is not open to the public, or at least it wasn't when I visited. The church is a beautiful white church though so it does look different than the others.

    The top of the church and the sky Bike rack outside the mission View of the church with the whole yard The beautiful white church Walls of the Mission
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    Mission San Jose

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Beautiful mission. Not to be missed. If you are driving down the mission trail, first would be the Alamo, then Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, The Espada Aquaduct, and finally Mission Espada; or the opposite order if you are starting from the South.
    Parking is free. There are modern bathroom facilities. You can see the mission at your own pace.
    This mission is huge and even contains the oldest mill in Texas. When I was there, there was a park ranger inside telling people how the mill worked.

    Exterior of the mission Exterior of the mission Interior of the mission church The Oldet Mill in Texas Living the life in the mission
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    Mission Concepcion - Beautiful

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    This is a very beautiful piece of history. Modern facilities if you should need to use the restroom. Free parking. You can wander the grounds at your own pace. If you are going to all the missions starting in San Antonio, the Alamo would be first and this would be the second. Signs leading out of here point to the next missions. I honestly liked this mission better than the Alamo. Don't miss it.

    The church portion of the mission Interior of the church Interior of the church Exterior place for worship Church portion of the mission
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    Market Square (Mexican Market) in San Antonio

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    A lot of the stores were similar, but there were different items at each. Cheap items, but of course slightly more expensive than in Mexico. There are some nice cowboy outfits, especially hats. I bought my son a nice, soft cowboy hat for $10. They also sell Mexican and Texas souvenirs. Also in the area is La Margarita, which was recommended to by a shop owner as a good place to eat. I got fajitas that were delicious and a decent price. They have Mexican food and Tex Mex.
    In this area I also bought fudge...wouldn't recommend that. These shops don't seem to get very many visitors and the fudge was a little old.
    I love Mexico and have been living in Hawaii for quite a while, so this was a nice little visit to "Mexico" for me to hold me over until I actually go next month.

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    Mural at Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    Very beautiful mural. There is a really nice looking playground there as well. Nice to have such a beautiful hospital for children in this city. This is very close to Market Square (the Mexican Market), and just a few easy walking blocks to San Fernando Cathedral and the Spanish Governor's Palace. Just FYI some people may not be comfortable walking this area. I am a single white female and had no problems, but some people are not as comfortable in areas with metal bars on shops and homeless people around.

    The mural on the children's hospital Another nearby mural
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    Spanish Governor's Palace

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    I just walked past. The building didn't look that awesome from outside, so I didn't bother going in. Just a note that there is a lot of homeless people in the surrounding area, so this may POSSIBLY not be a safe place to find yourself when it starts getting dark.

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    Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin

    by ArenJo Written Feb 10, 2014

    This is right next to the capital, so if you are there you might as well stop by. The road is closed off so it is quiet and when I was there, I was the only person around. I took a few pictures, but it is gated and you can't go in.

    The exterior The exterior
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