Decided to head to the eastern side of Houston to the San Jacinto area,
using the maps we took the obvious road to get to our destination.
The narrow two lane road along the waterways had a dropoff on either side
and water on both sides of the road. Traffic ahead of us stopped,
and we had about twelve vehicles in front of us at some barrier.
There was a lot of traffic on the waterway, and we were apparently waiting
for a large ship to go through. Well, were we ever wrong! The
back up was not for a bridge, as we had imagined, but for a ferry.
Two small ferries were zipping back and forth across a narrow passage hesitating
only to let really large vessals go through. There were absolutely
no signs saying who could or could not proceed, and there was no room to
turn around, so when the ferry arrived, we were directed forward to the
front near the middle of the four lanes. If our front end wasn’t
hanging off the flat bed ferry, you couldn’t prove it by me. What
a kick! It was just like driving on water. Oh, did I mention
there was no charge?
After taking Camelot for it’s first boat ride, we went to the USS
Texas. This battleship was commissioned in 1914, served in both
World Wars, and was given to the state of Texas by the United States of
America. One of its 1914 guns launched a shell which was described
as having the same capacity as “launching a small compact car over 12 miles.”
Quite a ship for almost a century ago.
Next stop was the San
Jacinto Battleground and Monument where the destiny of Texas was said
to be begun. At this battleground Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna,
and this led to the subsequent indpendence of Texas from Mexico in 1836.
It took place about six weeks after the Alamo, so the victory was an inspired
one by the Texans. Charleston Heston narrated an excellent historical
slide presentation derived from paintings of the battle and its participants.
The monument itself is an obelisque topped by a “Texas star” with a reflecting
pool in front of it. If it sounds like the Washington monument, that’s
what we thought, but no mention of any similarity was made anywhere.