web analytics
January 29, 2015 / 9 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


An American Odyssey (Part 4)


Gilor-Dov

“Remember the Alamo” was an important lesson in history class when I was a child and this was our first visit. It was a bit unimpressive but we enjoyed the History Channel movie about the Alamo in one of the rooms. Like at most important tourist sites, the Alamo gift shop was a major attraction. Fortunately, during our many tours, my wife, Barbara, decided to collect only magnets, which significantly limited our expenses. Our refrigerator and a nearby wall back home in Israel are festooned with dozens of magnets, mementos of our many trips.

The Riverwalk near the Alamo meandered along a circuitous route and gondola-like boats were available for hire. The area was scenic, but housed mainly restaurants that we could not eat at. We left the area after a short walk and drove to Junction, Texas, to spend the night.

Dov and Barbara at the Alamo.

One of the sad things we noted this past summer (but enjoyed anyway) was the scarcity of fellow travelers. The economic downturn seriously impacted vacation travel and not once did we have trouble finding lodging at our first choice, nor did we get tied up in a traffic jam. Remembering previous road trips, we were surprised by the very small numbers of visitors at important tourist sites. We had expected crowds, but there were none.

That evening, we enjoyed the Southern fried chicken we had purchased in Houston. On our trips we often stayed at Choice motels. We were usually satisfied with the quality of the rooms and we accumulated free nights. Unfortunately, the Roadway Inn in Junction was of such poor quality that even the owner realized the problems and he reduced our rates for the night.

On the road, we often stopped at a Wal-Mart and other supermarkets both to rest and to give the women a chance to shop. At most locations we found many products with OU certification and we were able to stock up on our snacks and breakfast cereals. Kosher ice cream was also available almost everywhere. We were also very pleased to find free Internet service at many locations around the country. Every day we Skyped our grandkids in Israel and were able to keep in touch with everyone. At the border with New Mexico, we again set our clocks back one hour. We had to keep track that we were now nine hours ahead of Israel time so that we knew when we could contact the family.

Barbara in Carlesbad Cavern.

It was hot in the South but between Sheffield and Ft. Stockton, Texas, we passed by a windmill farm and the air was delightfully cooler. Route 10 is a main highway crossing the South and we often drove on it. Our next stop was Carlsbad National Park. A recent forest fire had raged for more than a week and we witnessed some of the devastation on both sides of the road as we approached the park. The fire had only been extinguished just four days earlier and we were appalled by the destruction.

My brother, Avi, had a Golden Age park pass, which gave us free entrance to the national parks. We took the Carlsbad cave elevator down some 754 feet and walked for an hour and a half through the cool and exciting Big Room. It was an amazing experience as the cave was filled with stalactites and stalagmites and an incredible variety of other formations, all under the Guadalupe Mountains. The cave was one of the highlights of our trip. Our next stop would be the UFO Museum of Roswell, New Mexico. We were warned to avoid unidentified aberrations in the vicinity.

Comments may be sent to dov@gilor.com.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “An American Odyssey (Part 4)”

  1. Enjoyable reading as always.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Hezbollah, designated by the US as a terrorist group, and a US Army tank.
Hezbollah Army Video Shows Off US Army Equipment [video]
Latest Indepth Stories
Sarah Schenirer

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

To defeat parasites-the hosts of terrorists-we need to deny them new people, potential terrorists

Combating Amalek doesn’t mean all who disagree with you is evil-rather whom to follow and to oppose

Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t

There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.

Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.

Since the passing of the Governance bill legislation on March 11, 2014, new alignments have become to appear in Israeli politics.

Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves

The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.

Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.

Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.

More Articles from Dov Gilor
Gilor-Dov

We created an organization of former Bnei Akiva of North America members who have fulfilled the dream of living in Eretz Yisrael.

Untitled-1

An example of our own self-imposed weakness is the Israeli attitude towards the Holy Temple Mount.

Spies who caused American deaths and worked for enemy states received lighter sentences than Pollard.

The cleansing of Europe of its non-Muslim population will be accomplished in another two or three generations.

The Drama Mamas are not an ordinary theater troupe. “When we audition actresses,” says Elisheva, who also serves as the show’s director, “we like to explain to them that the main qualification is that you can honestly say, I have never been on a stage before, but I have always wanted to be an actress!”

It really is time for painful sacrifices for peace. No one wants his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to suffer the pangs of war and strife. It is time to end the strife and make peace in the Middle East.

Israel is a country that understands security concerns. Many civil rights have been sacrificed in the name of security and Israelis are used to being checked every time they enter a shopping center, a large store or any public building. Americans recently learned that they, too, are subject to many checks on their most private activities.

The Israeli Parliament is usually controlled by a coalition of different political parties because no one party receives enough votes to have a majority. Unlike in the U.S., where there are two major political parties and one of the two political parties commands a majority of the seats in the Senate and/or in the House, in Israel the government is composed of many, many small political parties, each pushing its own agenda.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/focus-israel/an-american-odyssey-chapter-4/2012/01/26/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: