Remember the Alamo – The Symbol of Texan Independence

San Antonio, Texas.

While Hurricane Harvey was battering Houston, I was wandering around San Antonio under cloudy skies with light showers. That Sunday afternoon, the Alamo, along with many other attractions, was closed due to preparations for the possibility of a direct hit from the hurricane. Fortunately for San Antonio, the city was spared. Last week, I shared some images captured during a walk along the famed River Walk and the downtown area. One of my cell phone captures is a shot of The Alamo. This week, we take a look behind the fortress walls of the former mission turned fort and symbol of Texan independence.  Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 19 November 2017

San Antonio, Texas.

One of the main attractions in San Antonio is the famed River Walk, miles of sidewalk that parallel both sides of a river channel. Though originally built to assist with flood control, a businessman with foresight saw the canal as an opportunity to create an attraction to draw visitors to the city. In the years since its development, many bridges now cross that flood control channel and many tourists stop and shop, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or simply stroll along the canal’s sidewalks. Continue reading

San Antonio – The Cradle of Liberty

San Antonio, Texas.

The summer of 2017 brought me to several new states and places to share here on Journeys With Johnbo. This year, the Civil Air Patrol held their national conference in San Antonio. Over the years, I’ve been to Texas, mostly Dallas, for my career. This trip would be my first to visit the home of the Alamo and the famed River Walk. The timing for our conference was not the best. The few days prior to leaving, we watched the weather carefully as Hurricane Harvey was building with forecast path to hit Houston and San Antonio. I fully expected our conference to be postponed as Harvey spun up and headed across the gulf. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 15 October 2017

San Antonio, Texas.

In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing images captured with a new camera during my trip to San Antonio. What brought me to Texas that week was the Civil Air Patrol National Conference. On the day I arrived in San Antonio, Hurricane Harvey was battering Houston. San Antonio was battened down as they expected to receive some of the fury of the hurricane. As it turned out, a last minute shift in the storm spared the city that is the home of the Alamo. The clouds were low and heavy with periods of light rain and sprinkles the only indication of the challenges being faced some 300 miles (480 km) east. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 1 October 2017

San Antonio, Texas.

While Lynn and I are relaxing on Sunday morning at a family gathering for a wedding, this blog post is automatically publishing right on schedule from my WordPress account. The view from my 16th floor window in San Antonio was pretty nice. It could have been much worse, taken shortly after Houston was being inundated by Hurricane Harvey. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 September 2017

Houston, Texas.

Since Wednesday, I’ve been in Houston assisting Texas Wing and other states capture images used in damage assessment in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Six members of the North Dakota Wing headed south to provide some relief for flight crews from more local states to take a break from the solid grind of generating thousands of daily photographs for analysis. Yesterday morning, our crew readied the aircraft I’ve been flying since leaving North Dakota last week. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 3 September 2017

San Antonio, Texas.

Near the Alamo and a large mall and shopping complex in downtown San Antonio, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church sits surrounded by a multi-story retail center known as Rivercenter. I’m in San Antonio for a conference being held at the Rivercenter Marriott hotel. In the mornings, before I spend the day sitting in conference meetings, I go out for a walk. If I head west from the hotel, I pass by this beautiful old church.  Continue reading