Tuesday, September 22, 2015 : Langtry, San Antonio


We leave Big Bend National Park for a rather long drive taking us to San Antonio, the major city of southern Texas.

 

Judge Roy Bean saloon, Langtry, Texas

Judge Roy Bean saloon, Langtry, Texas

 

About half-way, we make a stop at Langtry, the first city west of the Pecos, a Rio Grande tributary. Langtry is actually no more than a hamlet made of a few derelict ruins and a visitor center.

 

At the end of 19th century, there was no law west of the Pecos. Or there was actually one, but it was Judge Roy Bean's. He was a highly colorful character, with a very loose way to make justice. His only legal skills were a worn-out and totally obsolete copy of the Statutes of Texas, and a very personal way to handle offenses. His legend was in large part his own fabrication, and it was carried over to us repeated, twisted and highly amplified.

 

Riverwalk, San Antonio

Riverwalk, San Antonio

 

At the end of the afternoon, we arrive in San Antonio. Our hotel being downtown, we can immediately go out for a stroll on the Riverwalk, a set of promenades along the rivers that criss-cross the center of the city. As shown on the picture, boats are also available.

 

We have dinner in a nice but very noisy restaurant.

 

The day finishes with a very aesthetic sound and light show on the front of San Fernando Cathedral.