Yesterday, Susan and I said we'd check in with each other after she picked up her son from college in San Marcos to see if we would walk today. When she texted me around noon, I was in the process of drying eight (8) loads of laundry. We were raring to go and decided to meet at Daily Bread Bakery in Alamo Heights (suburb of San Antonio) to do the 5K walk that started there.
We arrived within a minute of each other, signed in, and headed out. Our garb today was much lighter than our winter wear from yesterday. I walked in a T-shirt and jeans (no coat or hat) and was just right.
The 3.1 mile walk was almost entirely on the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) campus. Each previous time Bob and I walked here there were no students out and about. No students were around this time because of Christmas break (when Bob and I walked here, it was summer break). A cadre of landscapers and construction workers were on campus, though.
We passed the retirement home run by the Sisters of Charity at the university, the spring where the San Antonio River starts (when the aquifer is over 676' above sea level, it's dry most of the time at this location), Lourdes Grotto, the San Antonio River Bridge on campus, Benson Stadium (Cardinal football), Sullivan Field (baseball), Barshop Natatorium, Bonilla Science Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, Sisters of Charity Convent, Chapel, Clock Tower, Brackenridge Villa and numerous statues.
|Bridge over (dry) portion of San Antonio River.|
|Description of what the UIW campus was like in years past.|
|Susan M. and "Classmates."|
Here's a photo of what the completed addition/renovation will look like phased in with the old architecture of the University.
Each holiday season, University of the Incarnate Word fully decorates the campus with lights for their Light the Way tradition. Many people drive through the University to see the display. A steel Nativity set was donated to UIW by the Menger Hotel of San Antonio. Here are photos of a couple of panels done in the German art form called "Schwibbogen." See sign describing these below.
|Part of steel Nativity set|
|Part of steel Nativity set|
After the War, he organized the San Antonio National Bank. From 1886 to 1923, he was president of San Antonio Water Works Company. Long story short, he was very wealthy. He donated Brackenridge Park to the city of San Antonio. The Brackenridge home, Head of the River, was purchased by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to use as a Motherhouse, and the home is still a part of the University of the Incarnate Word. The Motherhouse was renamed Brackenridge Villa. See photo below.
|Head of the River is now called Brackenridge Villa. |
Also see photo below for continuation of the house.
|Continuation of house photo (left side of photo above).|
|History of Brackenridge Villa|
We finished our walk in one hour and got treats at the bakery afterward.
Susan M. headed off to grocery shop and I went home to relax. While I relaxed, the birds were busy. We must have had about 20 birds at or around our bird feeder including sparrows, Inca doves, white-winged doves, great-tailed grackles, and Brewer's blackbirds.
|Inca and white-winged dove (rear view only)|
|White-winged dove and sparrows|
|Inca doves waiting their turn in the water dish.|