Our initial plan had been to leave our 5er at 5 a.m. and be at at our Volksmarch start point by 9 a.m. Ha! I'm not a morning person. We left at 7 a.m. and were in Alton, Texas by 10:30 a.m. Bob wanted to stop there so he could have his photo taken by a City of Alton sign.
|City of Alton City Hall|
|Mexican Olive Tree|
|Blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys)|
|Looking out the front window of the tram.|
|Common black hawk?|
|I like the sun behind its ears.|
|Butterflies flitting around the flowers.|
|Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, Texas|
At Palo Alto Battlefield Visitor Center we learned about the Mexican-American War which took place ten years after the Alamo. When President Polk was campaigning for the presidency, he pledged to extend the United States to the Pacific Ocean, and the addition of the Republic of Texas as the 28th state represented a major step toward that goal. Mexico, however, did not cotton to that idea, refused to recognize the independence of Texas, and denounced the US move as an attack on Mexico.
|Palo Alto Visitor Center|
|Map of where the battles took place in the |
President Polk attempted to force a settlement by sending an envoy to Mexico City to negotiate an agreement. Bad idea. In Mexico, hard-line Gen. Mariano Paredes y Arrillega marched to the capital, seized control of the government, and announced he would discuss nothing but the return of Texas to Mexico. The Mexican-American war began. Long story short, Gen. Zachary Taylor of the US and Gen. Mariano Arista of Mexico lead their respective armies into battle. When the US won, not only was Texas ceded to the US, but we bought New Mexico and California as well, opening the way for US expansion to the West Coast. It was a lot more complicated than that, but we don't have all day here.
The B&B was texting us to ask when we'd be arriving, so we told them 1/2 hour and planned to return to Palo Alto Battlefield tomorrow morning when it might be a little cooler. The B&B was only 15-20 minutes away.
This blog is getting long, it's late, so I'll continue it tomorrow with our impressions of the B&B, our dinner in Port Isabel, and our visit to South Padre Island on Sunday evening. Craziness. Stay tuned for the next installment.