At 7:00 p.m., San Antonio Hill Country Hikers started their walk near
La Gloria Restaurant behind the Pearl Brewery. Goal: a four-mile round
trip walk to the Houston Street Bridge and back. Twenty-five people
walked the walk and talked the talk, some of it trash talk.
greeting committee consisting of our group leaders welcomes everyone
and explains the walk. A group photo is taken at the beginning, then the
fast walkers set their pace, and everyone else settles into their own
rhythm. Also at the start point, hanging out in the water were mallards,
a coot, and a yellow-crowned night heron.
|Paul photographing the group at the start.
|Yellow-crowned night heron.
|Many blooming flowers along the Riverwalk.
The Museum Reach of the Riverwalk is north of
downtown and passes by the San Antonio Museum of Art. Along the Museum
Reach are works of art along the bridge overcrossings, under the bridges
and along the path.
|Hands across the water (bridge overcrossing art)
|Faux bois (false wood – concrete) arbor
Many tile murals line the Riverwalk. Here are a few…
|Tile work to beautify an outlet cover.
|Tile work depicting the San Antonio River.
|Downtown, Tower of the Americas and river in the foreground.
|Houston St. Bridge artwork of Mission Concepcion.
|Fish art hanging under an interstate bridge; crepe myrtle blossom in foreground.
|The Grotto – cement art complete with skull and waterfall.
The Museum Reach is beautiful with many trees and
flowers currently in bloom. Jasmine wafted in the air through sections,
honeysuckle scent in other sections. The hibiscus are in bloom and have
the most vibrant colors – red, orange, yellow, pink. The dramatic
trumpet flower has blooms that measure 10″-12″.
For Bob and I, these walks give us time to connect
and talk about what’s going on in our lives and what we plan to do in
the future; all while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
The temperature was in the high 80s this evening and VERY humid!
|Museum Reach of Riverwalk
|Another yellow-crowned night heron.
|Places to go from the Riverwalk. Well marked path!
When the walk was over, a number of people from the
group were going to The Cove for dinner and invited everyone to go. We
had never been and decided to check it out. What a good place. One thing
Bob and I have noticed about San Antonians is they like to sit outside
under a tree, patio, or the evening sky to eat. The Cove has a large
outdoor seating area with a small, air-conditioned inside area (the
bar). Bob and I both had “Lisa’s Special” which is two tilapia soft
tacos made with cabbage and poblano sauce, along with a spinach salad
for $9. That was the perfect ending to our four-mile walk.
returned home at 9:30 p.m. Thank you to the Hill Country Hikers. You
have a knack for making people feel welcome and a part of the group from
the first outing.
Travel Bug out.