Southern Spectacular 7

 

Mississippi to Louisiana and Texas

 

Biloxi, Mississippi

Arriving  from Montgomery in Biloxi there was only time for a short stop at a gas station on Frontage Road.  These were accordingly the only pictures taken in Mississippi and appear here simply for convenience as three nights were spent in New Orleans before going on to Baton Rouge.

 Frontage Road Gas Station where a typical Coca Cola truck and a ladder engine were on the forecourt - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Gulf of Mexico (above) and Frontage Road (right) Biloxi - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

After three nights in New Orleans we arrived in Louisiana's state capital, Baton Rouge - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Capitol Building main entrance - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Capitol Building is the tallest in the United States and and conducted tours are available - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Mississippi viewed from the roof of the Capitol Building - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Cityscapes from the roof of the Capitol Building - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Houston, Texas

 
Evening arrival in Houston for an overnight stop - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Houston, Texas - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Johnson Space Center, Houston

Johnson Space Center  - rockets outside the Saturn V shed viewed from the tram on a conducted tour - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Apollo Mission Control Center is one of the stops on the tour - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Mock-up of the Space Shuttle (above) and its robotic arm (right) in the vast training complex seen from the public viewing corridor - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The threatened onset of a thunder storm cut short the tour on the tram so it was not possible to see the Saturn V in its vast shed, but on returning to the museum it was possible to see samples of moon rock (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Apparently achieving weightlessness on earth, the dummy (above) is secured to a revolving pole.  Unfortunately the huge water tank in which weightlessness is assimilated was not open to the public (September 2010).  One of the many other displays in the museum (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
San Antonio
San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, the largest city in the state of Texas - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Milestone Zero of the Old Spanish Trail outside San Antonio's City Hall - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Alamo (above) and the white marble cenotaph (right) commemorating the defenders of the Alamo who fell in battle in 1836 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Governor's Palace - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Rio) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Downtown San Antonio (above).  Tower of the Americas (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Views taken in torrential  in the rain from the Tower of the Americas - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Pioneer flour mills - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The sunken Japanese Tea Garden set in an old limestone quarry outside San Antonio - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Spanish Mission at San Josť was founded in here in 1731 is also near San Antonio - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Austin

A short diversion through Austin, the state capital of Texas, to see the capitol building proved disappointing due to its being obscured by scaffolding - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Salado

The Stagecoach Inn menu includes traditional peach cobbler - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

There is a strong Scottish connexion with Salado but although the Wee Scots Shop was closed both Scottish Flags were flying in the grounds of the ruined Salado College founded in 1859 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
On 8 September 2010 a flash flood struck Salado and cleaning up was under way on the following Sunday - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

USA     

Dallas