I was up at 5 a.m. with a plan to start my Volksmarch in the Broadway neighborhood by 7 a.m. Didn't happen, but I did make it by 8 a.m. (It is said, the pathway to somewhere hot is lined with good intentions.)
If you like it hot, then the Broadway Daily Bread Company would be a good place for you to get your morning coffee and some pastry while it's fresh. That was the start point of the walk.
Thankfully, this walk spent about 80% of the time in the deep shade of old live oaks or on park walking trails. Having long morning shadows helped too.
The walk started by going around the block behind the bakery in a stately old neighborhood, through a small shopping center, past HEB's Central Market and onto the campus of University of the Incarnate Word. The university is getting ready for new student orientation on August 19. Construction workers, early new arrivals with their parents, and those preparing for the arrival of new students were out and about on campus today. It wasn't very crowded.
Photos at University of the Incarnate Word:
|Cemetery at the University.|
|Beautiful iron bridge.|
|This cardinal was nice enough to strike a pose.|
|Cardinal sculpture at Benson Stadium.|
|A meditation maze on the side of a footpath.|
|Live oak (Quercus virginiana)|
|"In Celebration of Children's Play," by Joe and Betty Frost.|
|"Classmates," by Paul Tadlock|
|1881 school insignia in walkway.|
Below is the lovely Jordan Carillon Clock Tower. I got to hear it play music at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
|Jordan Carillon clock tower.|
|Stained glass as seen from inside the clock tower.|
|George Washington Brackenridge Villa with sculpture.|
From the university, the walk took me down Broadway just past the Witte (pronounced witty) Museum and into Brackenridge Park. I love walks in Brackenridge Park on tree-shaded trails. Here are photos of the park and surrounds.
|Gate to the Witte Museum grounds.|
|The start of the San Antonio River.|
|A photo from the old days taken in the San Antonio River.|
Next destination in Brackenridge Park: the Chinese/Japanese Tea Garden. This garden is built on the site of an old quarry. Don't you just love all the rock work?
|The Japanese Garden waterfalll|
|Japanese Garden Pavilion|
|The pond surrounded by rock work and filled with koi.|
|Stray cat feeding station.|
|Agave in bloom.|
|Dragonfly on water lily pad.|
|Water lily in bloom.|
|The pattern of falling water.|
|Wilderness Trail in Brackenridge Park.|
|Grass seed pods in morning light.|
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