We had a steady number of walkers come in. Among them were Dennis and Carol Romig who run the Menehune Marchers Volksmarch Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were members of their club when we lived on Oahu. They are such a warm and welcoming couple. They brought Hawaiian-photo calendars for some of us. Thanks, Dennis and Carol, for coming to our event. It was good to see you again.
After my shift, I went to the hospitality suite for string cheese, a banana, and coffee cake. Then I headed out on my 5k walk. No getting lost for me today! I knew this route pretty well.
The weather had cleared and the sky was beautiful. Perfect walking weather! The walk started along Cesar Chavez Blvd and then I went down the stairs to the River Walk.
|Tower of the Americas from Cesar Chavez Blvd|
|A historic house across the river|
|Nueva Street Dam|
|Three cormorants napping in the sun|
|River Walk heading into downtown|
|Pretty early bloomer|
|View through the bridge's arch|
|Looking back at Bexar County Courthouse|
|Another early bloomer...|
|Beautiful sculpture at Briscoe Museum of Western Art|
(It looks like the horse is riding the fence!)
|Deb taking photos of the Briscoe Art Museum sculpture|
|Large sculpture at Briscoe Western Art Museum|
|The landscaping is excellent. I love the waterfalls.|
|Stairway to La Villita|
Below is the Little Church of La Villita which was built in 1879. I stepped inside the door and took a photo of the stained glass window which had the morning sun shining through.
|Little Church of La Villita, 1879|
|Inside the Little Church of La Villita|
|Mountain laurels are in full bloom!!|
|Friendship Torch sculpture|
I stopped at The Alamo to watch the 25-minute History Channel movie in the long barracks. Deb continued on.
|The Alamo in the foreground|
|Built-in 1936 as the Alamo Museum,|
this building is now the gift shop.
|Interactive picture taking|
|Hyatt Regency's waterfall court|
|Hyatt Regency's waterfall court|
Now I'm back at River Walk level, which is below street level. There are many stairs you can take to access the River Walk or go back up to the street.
|Houston Street stairs.|
|Daffodils are in bloom too.|
|Another pass by the compass rose mosaic|
|Info on the Compass Rose Mosaic|
|The lost has been found! LOL.|
|San Fernando Cathedral|
|Fountain in front of the cathedral.|
Signs say don't step on them.
|Nuestra Senora de las Flores|
|St. Anthony de Padua|
Just an aside: As I sit and write my blog, Bowie keeps my company right next to my computer.
The panaderia (bakery) at Mi Tierra drew me in once again. I ordered more of the coconut pecan cookies (delish!), a couple of boot-shaped cookies (meh), and two Danish (one pineapple and one apple) which were so-so.
|Interior of Mi Tierra (bakery counter)|
|It's always festive at Mi Tierra|
|Mariachi Bar at Mi Tierra|
|The extensive bakery|
After waiting about 15 minutes in the bakery line, I was finally free to continue my walk. There was a checkpoint at one end of Market Square. After getting my Volksmarch books stamped, I continued the three-block walk back to the Holiday Inn.
High-school students from St. John Paul II in New Braunfels volunteered at this checkpoint. Thank you to our volunteers from other clubs who helped us out this weekend. It wouldn't have been the same without you.
|Brody from St. John Paul II school in New Braunfels,|
and Susan Noonan from West Texas Trail Walkers.
|Dianthus and begonias|
|Mi Tierra Restaurant y Panaderia|
|Decorative concrete statue|
|A colorful pansy bowl|
|Another concrete sculpture|
|A pretty flower "fountain" outside La Margarita,|
Mi Tierra's sister restaurant
|Market Square's south entrance|