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October 17, 2018

From the Shores of Moctezuma

Well, if not Moctezuma, exactly, at least a 1535 visit by Hernan Cortez. I stepped out of the Aeromexico plane from Mexico City into brilliant sunshine, bright skies and blue Pacific waters of southern Baja California. Warm, gentle breezes (sorry, my benighted friends in Texas who are freezing their bunnies off), rustling palm fronds along […]

September 20, 2018

Making the Magic: The Spanish Missions Tour

History can be an inspiration. In 1779, Bernardo de Gálvez set off in the teeth of a hurricane to defeat the British at Baton Rouge. He did it again in 1780 , surprising and beating the British at Mobile to help win the American Revolution. I wonder what his soldiers did for rain gear. Just […]

September 5, 2018

Catching Up

I’m certain I’m not the only one. Surely there are others of you out there who start one project only to be interrupted and begin another, and another, and another, never with enough time to finish the first. How do you manage? Life just seems to get in the way. I start to learn Quickbooks, […]

August 24, 2018

Bats in the Belfry—or Not

Who knew? I got to go on a FAM! A what?   Last evening, thanks to the lovely and cheerful @VickyClakley, I was invited to join five members of the #ProfessionalTourGuideAssociationofHouston #PTGAH (how does one pronounce that?) to visit the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony in downtown Houston for a FAM tour. That, it seems, now […]

August 22, 2018

Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence and what does that have to do with The Spanish Missions tour? It occurred to me, after sharing the wonderful #BattleofMedina symposium with the many friends from #AtascosaCounty, that #MexicanIndependence day was probably not celebrated in San Antonio until long after 1821. In particular, those who might be tempted to celebrate September 16th […]

August 15, 2018

Best Spanish Missions tour in Texas! I guarantee it!

Now is your chance to be part of San Antonio’s 300-year-old history. Even if you have seen the missions before, this year is a unique opportunity to learn more than you ever thought possible on our Spanish Missions tour. Check out our new web site This is the 300th anniversary of the founding of […]

July 29, 2018

The Historic Veranda Inn

At 7:00 am, it’s cool here on the porch of the Veranda Historic Inn in equally historic Fort Davis where I have parked myself to type this morning’s blog. It’s something in the neighborhood of 60 degrees. Pleasantly chilly after leaving muggy, hit-you-in-the-face 100 degree temperatures in Houston. We expected it to be boiling hot […]