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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Downtown San Antonio - Wed., Apr. 30

Darren, Susan and I headed out at 8:30 a.m. on a gorgeous San Antonio morning. The temperature was about 72 and a cool breeze was blowing. Susan put on a light jacket which she removed 15 minutes later.

Our 10K Volksmarch started at the Holiday inn Express on Cesar Chavez Blvd. and wound through King William Historic District where we entered the Riverwalk.

King William Historic District
King William Historic District
Yellow-crowned night heron.
Yellow-crowned night heron fishing.
Duckling in San Antonio River downtown.
We passed the Convention Center. Susan and Darren are standing on a map of the U.S. made up of rock representing each state. If a state did not send rock from their state for the map, then granite rock from Texas was used. Behind Susan is a copper replica of the Liberty Bell.
Susan and Darren
Below is a parking meter which has been re-purposed into a "Donation Station" for Haven for Hope
Make your donations here!
Riverwalk, downtown San Antonio
Riverwalk, nicely leafed out for spring.
As we walked through downtown, some people stopped us and asked for directions to The Alamo. That's the way we were headed, so we said, "Follow us." We asked where they were from and they said, "Kansas." Turns out one couple was staying at Traveler's World RV Resort. What a coincidence. I told them I worked there.They also wanted to know where to see the IMAX movie about the Alamo and how late the buses run back to the resort because they wanted to see the Riverwalk at night. They headed off to RiverCenter Mall to see the movie and we continued on to the Menger Hotel and The Alamo.

The Menger Hotel is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders for the Spanish-American War. 

Click picture to enlarge.
The history of barbed wire.

The Alamo in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
The Emily Morgan Hotel, a Doubletree by Hilton,
used to be a hospital.
Adornments on the Emily Morgan Hotel.
On the outside of the Emily Morgan Hotel.
Registration desk at the Emily Morgan Hotel.
Lobby at the hotel.
In the lobby of the hotel, is the following plaque dedicated to Emily Morgan, the inspiration for the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Interesting reading. Click the photo to enlarge.

From the Emily Morgan we headed across the street to look inside the San Antonio Express-News building.

Ceiling design in the Express-News building.
Mural of an old-type printing press on the wall in the lobby.
The decor above the elevator.
 The newspaper press below had advertising in lead blocks, not individual letters.
Reliance B Iron Hand Press
Darren and Susan inspect the linotype machine.
The original newspaper in San Antonio was the San Antonio Light owned by William Randolph Hearst.

The guard telling Susan and Darren stories.
POW-MIA plaza.
"Hold on to your hats!" Gusty winds.
Hotel Havana

San Antonio Public Library, main branch
Inside San Fernando Cathedral

Everyone's cheering on the Spurs.
Zero Milestone of the Old Spanish Trail.
A shop at El Mercado
We were close to the finish of our walk. Lo and behold, Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery came into view. Lunchtime!

The festive interior of Mi Tierra Restaurant (open 24/7)
I had an excellent chicken soup with chunky veggies. Susan and Darren shared a plate of lunch. Darren and Susan ordered sopapillas for the table. We had all picked up our sopapillas when Susan said, "We forgot to get a picture." So back on the plate they went. Guess what? I already took a bite out of mine.  I also ordered flan which we all shared.

San Antonio has many bike rental stations around town. These are great for riding on the Riverwalk!

After the walk, we went our separate ways. I headed home, then went to my hair appointment (haircut). Susan and Darren headed back to their house to finish putting down mulch.
House finch outside our RV window.
That's all for now.

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