We’re going back in time to share our 2017 car camping adventure through the Southwest! While our trip ended up being shorter than planned, we had some amazing adventures, including several new national parks and getting to be on one of our favorite TV shows! Thanks for reading along!
The Plan had been to leave the Texas coast and head straight for our next stop: Big Bend National Park (cue heart eyes). But you guys should know by now that we rarely stick to the plan — and this time, it was for an unexpected and welcome detour.
At the time my brother, who lives in San Antonio with his wife, was working as a contractor in Iraq. When we were beaching camping, we learned that he was unexpectedly traveling home, and we’d be able to see him after all! His wife very graciously okayed our visit (even though we’d be passing through just a couple of days after my brother got back into the country) so we planned to spend a quick weekend seeing them and catching up.
Last time we visited our family in San Antonio we had a great time exploring the famous Riverwalk, the Alamo, and the Japanese Tea Gardens. This time, I was determined to get that San Antonio Missions National Historical Park stamp in my passport.
Our sister-in-law is photography student who has visited the missions several times to take pictures. I could see why once we arrived — the missions are beautiful!
There’s also a fantastic trail between the five missions comprising the park — and if you’re really up for some miles, you can take it all the way to the Riverwalk! We didn’t have time to walk the whole thing, prefer to linger over a few of them, but it would definitely be fun to come back and walk or bike the whole thing at another time.
Mission Concepción may have been my favorite — we had the whole place to ourselves, and it was very quiet and eerie.
We spent the most time at Mission San José, “Queen of the Missions.”
The park’s visitor center is located outside Mission San José, and we had a great time wandering the grounds and snapping pictures.
The day was moody and overcast, which added an eerie charm to the mission grounds.
We thoroughly enjoyed wandering the missions and learning a little more about the role they played in the early history of Texas!
We had a great time spending a few days in San Antonio, and left ready and refreshed for our next camping adventure in Big Bend National Park!