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JUNE 1, 2011 9:26AM

Our Riverwalk - Museum Reach Addition

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This is the Riverwalk, that everybody knows -- after the Alamo, San Antonio's biggest tourist attraction. It's downtown, lively, colorful and crowded most hours of the afternoon and evening. But there is a part of the Riverwalk that my daughter and I walked last week - the new northern extension, which follows the San Antonio River far into the old suburbs of Alamo Heights. It opened in 2009 ... and this is what we saw ...

fish and museum 

The San Antonio Museum of Art ... it's situated in the old Lone Star Brewery complex. The hanging fish are cheerfully painted, and illuminated from within at night - there are about thirty of them, hanging from the underside of the I-35 overpass.

fish close up 

The fish - up close. The whole stretch of this part of the Riverwalk is adorned with art ... mostly tilework. Grottos, fountains, ornamental faux-bois benches, tile murals, reconstructed marshlands ... and gardens.

bridge and garden 

Garden and suspension bridge, near San Antonio Museum of Art.

storm drain cover 

Storm drain cover, underneath bridge, adorned with tilework. The storm drain cover was manufactured in Berkeley, California -- back when the Bay Area actually had industry.

marshlands and waterfall 

Reconstructed marshlands, with waterfall, lily pads and ... no, that's not a sculptured bird. It's real. Just holding very, very still.

wading bird close up 

Don't know what it is - we've spotted them along the wet parts of the Salado Creek Greenway, too.

water taxi 

They do run the flat-boats up into this part of the Riverwalk, as more of a water-taxi. There are landings and tie-ups, all along.

news and Navarro 

At the Navarro Street overpass, a portrait in tile of an early city father, and the parking lot for the local Channel 4 affiliate.

oldest VFW in texas 

The clubhouse of the oldest VFW post in Texas ... also on the riverbank. In the mid-19th century, residents like Mary Maverick and visitors like Frederick Law Ohlmstead noted that the best residences in town were built on the river, and that many gardens boasted bathing cabins ... and people went swimming of an afternoon, to beat the summer heat.

quackers on the shore 




hawk, dining alfresco on pigeon 

And a hawk, luncheon-dining al fresco, on a pigeon.

coming in to downtown 

Approaching downtown, on foot by the river...


An arcade, adorned with different, geometrically shaped arches...

ac filters of the gods 

Approaching downtown, some of the art adorning the underpasses is ... of selective appeal. I don't know what this piece is called, but I call it "The AC Filters of the Gods."

water stair 

Many of the buildings lining the banks of the river still look out to it, or have been refinished to do so...

open to the river 

deep city canyons 

Deep city canyons ... but always with a patch of blue...

city canyon with green 

...and green.

concrete bench 

And blue and green... this is a tile-adorned bench, at the landing by the School of Art and Craft, which once was the boarding school for girls run by the Ursulines...

blue and green 

And green and blue watercolor ... with quackers. That's how I spent my last Thursday ... you?

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Nice to see such a nice expansion of that treasure! I was in SA about 10 years ago, and my wife and I walked up that direction as far as we could. It was rather late in the evening, and we were the only ones up that way. Frankly, it was a little scary since there was so little tourist infrastructure in that direction back then. Looks like that's changed now. I've read about the Havana Riverwalk Inn which is up there. I would like to stay there sometime, but alas it's a little out of my price range right now!
It's still scary, after dark, P. One of the first people that we met (after a gaggle of students from the Aveda Institute) was a near-retirement age SA PD patrol officer who wished to ascertain that we had not been bothered (or even seen!) any scruffy low-life types in our walk so far. And we hadn't - although the walkway was lightly peopled, I would definitly not have wanted to do it alone, and after dark. There were just too many places where someone could lie in wait, too many stretches between places where people would be. Perhaps when more of that stretch is filled in -- there were a great many condos and apartment buildings being finished, opposite the museum, and there are more restraurants with a terrace or something overlooking it. But in daytime -- I can't imagine a nicer place.
Fascinating - thank you Ma'am.
Yellow-crowned night heron, I think.

I've really enjoyed the Riverwalk during our visits to SA. Thank you for the photo tour.
I think you're right about the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, High Lonesome - the ones we've seen match the pictures that come up when I google for images. The little tuft of yellow on their heads is very distinctive ... we've seen egrets along the Salado, too.
San Antonio looks like a place I'd love to visit one day - during the day time, based on your comments above. Very beautiful photograps
of wonderful sites and art, Sgt Mom. Thank you.
One more reason, among many on OS, to visit the US.
Thank you Sgt Mom, I enjoyed this very much.
I have heard about this place but never seen it. Thank you for the tour. Wheee..
This was a delight to read. Such beautiful, colourful photos!

I loved the quackers and mini quackers!!! Gorgeous!
I lived in San Antonio several years ago. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
I didn'y know! Thanks for the excellent reportage!
what a dram walk. nicely told. great pics!