During Spring Break we went on one of my favorite things -- a road trip. Texas is full of interesting nooks and crannies and Austin is right in the middle of a diverse geographical area. Lots of small towns with odd histories and little facts. Normally we head out into the Hill Country but this time we chose to wander east towards Shiner. Shiner is where they make Shiner Bock and all it's relatives. I'm not a big beer drinker but Shiner Bock is a pretty good dark "chewy" beer.
I always bring my camera but I never just get around to taking photos. This time I actually took some on the way home. We meandered down a dirt road to the Sam Houston Oak. The oak tree is famous because in 1836, Sam Houston and his army camped out under it after they set fire to Gonzales (the then capital of the Region of Texas) . They were in rebellion from Mexico and following the Fight at Goliad and the Battle of the Alamo, the Separatists (as the Texians were called) fled. They first torched their capital Gonzales and fled to stay at their first camp under this tree. Eventually they were cornered by Santa Ana and the resulting Battle of San Jacinto occured... establishing The Republic of Texas. (apologies to the shortened form of history here.)