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Schertz Stone Creek RV Park
Schertz, Texas
by
Norman W. Hildrum

Entrance to Stone Creek RV Park - Photo by Norm HildrumWe were looking for a campsite reasonably close to San Antonio, Texas. As we approached from the east on Interstate 10, Sharon noticed an ad in the Trailer Life Campground Directory for Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz, Texas. The information provided piqued our curiosity (especially the reference to "Austrian Management") and we decided to check out the campground. The entrance is at Exit 177 of I-35 about 24 miles north of downtown San Antonio. Access is gained from the frontage road along a fenced drive that directs the visitor to the park office and store. At this point, there was a huge banner welcoming us to Stone Creek.

As we registered, we met Luza Boehm, the Austrian owner. The staff's friendly welcome and accommodating nature was refreshing. We were given our choice of several sites depending on our preference and ability to situate our 34 foot triple slide fifth wheel.

The campground is mostly open with paved interior roads and gravel sites. Many sites have shaded patios and picnic tables. There are about 235 closely spaced sites with water, electricity (30/50 amp), sewer hookups, and cable television. Some sites have telephone connections available. There is also a laundry, outdoor swimming pool, hot Campsites at Stone Creek RV Park - Photo by Norm Hildrumtub, shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes, and several recreation buildings. Stone Creek flows through the campground and separates the main campground from an area which contains a mixture of mobile home and RV sites. The store offers convenience items and some RV supplies including LP gas. A telephone line is available in the store for Internet access. We stayed for a week and our cost was $105 per week (02-00). The campground's location is convenient to San Antonio and numerous tourist attractions. We spent several days touring the sites of this unique city.

San Antonio - In 1718, more than a half a century before the founding of the United States, Spain established Mission San Antonio de Valero (later called the Alamo). An accompanying presidio or fort protected the mission. The city's real growth began in 1731 with the establishment of a civil settlemThe Alamo, San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Norm Hildrument (villa). The original colonists were Spanish Canary Islanders. Today many Texas families still proudly trace their ancestral roots to these settlers.

The Alamo - We easily found parking just one block from the Alamo ($5.00 per day). We have both been here many years ago, but it is still an exciting place to visit. It brings back thoughts and images of the frontier and early settlement of America. Legendary frontiersman like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie were key figures in the battle. We strolled through the chapel and about the grounds. We listened to a ranger talk about the day the fort was overrun by the Mexican army and General Santa Anna. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836 and all 189 defenders were killed. Santa Anna's Army was later River Walk in San Antonio, Texas - Photo by Norm Hildrumdefeated at the battle of San Jacinto near Houston on April 21, 1836. Sam Houston led the attack on Santa Anna. With this victory, Texas became a independent country.

We left the Alamo and walked several blocks to River Walk which is located one level below the street. River Walk consists of numerous shops and restaurants along an extremely well designed and landscaped series of canals. We strolled along the canal and had lunch in a Mexican Restaurant (Café Ole) overlooking the canal. After lunch, we rode one of the barges on a 30 minute cruise along the main canal. This was a very enjoyable experience and highly recommended.


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