“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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The Mission....


Before leaving our first stop at the presidio in Goliad, Texas, I took photos of the birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Zaragoza - a Texas/Mexican hero who defeated the French in 1862. The Battle of Puebla took place on 5 May 1862, near the city of Puebla during the French intervention in Mexico. The Mexican victory, of this particular battle, is celebrated yearly...its celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). There is some limited recognition of the holiday in other parts of the country [Old Mexico] although this holiday remains very popular in the United States where it is celebrated yearly as Cinco de Mayo.





Just down the highway a short distance from the presidio and Fannin Memorial area we stopped to visit the La Bahia Mission [also known as Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga] Considered today to be one of the most successful missions in Texas, converting many to the Christian faith, La Bahia Mission is a 'resurrected' mission from the 1700's original that went to decay. By rebuilding the mission, excavation allowed for many artifacts to be found, and original stone to be used in refurbishing the mission as you see it today. Tho rebuilt and not the 'first' mission on site, the mission received a listing in the National Register of Historic Places.






While Bud and Erik perused more of the artifacts and read the description of just about everything...I hightailed it out to the nature trail to view the San Antonio River. Last Spring the river flooded and did a lot of damage to the grounds, so, most of the river trail was still closed to the public. But the park warden pointed out which trail was still safe for me to walk! Taking only a few photos of birds [cardinal, bluebirds and  thrasher and vultures soaring silently high above] here are some photos of what else I saw along the trail:




When we met back at the parking lot, we decided to stop for lunch before heading to the old town and the courthouse. We knew the courthouse would be closed for the holiday so there really wasn't much hurry. Besides the threat of rain kinda put a damper on the afternoon.  We also wanted to make a stop at Refugio, Texas before heading home, and we had made reservations for dinner at a restaurant in Corpus for that night...


The Hanging Tree in front of the courthouse, the courthouse and part of old town Goliad

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  1. I like the Old Town and the chimney in the woods and those wonderful steps. Love the last wall standing, beautiful to me..

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    1. I too enjoy perusing the two streets in old town around the courthouse block.

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  2. Fascinating pictures and stories, Anni. That gruesome Hanging Tree, though, I could have done without, as my imagination populated those branches. Love the story about the hero of Cinco de Mayo! :-)

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    1. Well now that you put it that way 'populated'...I can understand.

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  3. I enjoy seeing Missions/buildings in your area. The architecture is quite different than here.

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    1. The farther west you go, the more Mexican/Spanish influence in design I believe....right?

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  4. I think you are a teacher! Nice information, history and architecture. i don't like the history of the tree, though. Awful.

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    1. Teacher I am not. LOL....I wouldn't have the patience for that at all.

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  5. What a great day. I would love to see al those sites in person. The hanging tree...boy if those branches could talk

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    1. ....wonder what those branches would say?

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  6. Oh, your big tree shot is gorgeous! Until I found out it is a hanging tree. So sad. Plus, it is bound to be haunted. Ha ha! Is this mission still in use? Are those wax figures in the mission? What a awesome adventure, I would have loved going there.

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  7. Oh Anni - this looks like such a wonderful day! I love all the historical things. That tree is gorgeous - but what it was used for ruins it!

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    1. Well, the tree beside it on the OTHER side of the walkway wasn't used for hanging....

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