Saddle Up! For the Texas Trail Roundup. San Antonio, Texas, Febriary 24-26, 2017

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Three days of glorious walking, from the dense urban core of the 7th largest city in the USA to nearby quiet trails that will make you think you have drifted back 300 years in time.

Over the next few months we’ll be sharing our secrets about the best of the best places in San Antonio. Most of them are on the walk routes! You’ll be in town for the last three days of the Stock Show and Rodeo and you’ll have time to see The Saga, a world-class sound and light show projected onto the facade of San Fernando Cathedral. Stay tuned! (And watch the video . . .)

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The Sssssssnakes of San Antonio

For some odd reason when non-Texans talk to us about walking in the Lone Star State they look worried and ask about snakes. Texas isn't snakier than other parts of the United States. It must be all those Western movies that feature an obligatory rattlesnake. So, to...

Empty Tomb: The Cenotaph

From the Greek words kenos (empty) and taphos (tomb) cenotaphs are tombs or monuments erected to honor a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere or their whereabouts unknown. This one in San Antonio's Alamo Plaza is sometimes referred to as "The" Cenotaph. It...

A Walk through Academia: Trinity University

Sunday's 23k walk will take you through the campus of Trinity University, located between Brackenridge Park and the historic Monte Vista neighborhood. Presbyterians founded Trinity in 1869 in Tehuacana, Texas (about 40 miles NE of Waco) from the remnants of three...

San Fernando Cathedral

The site for the Church of San Fernando was selected on July 2, 1731, when Juan Antonio Pérez de Almazán, captain of the Presidio of San Antonio, laid out a central square for the villa of San Fernando de Béxar. The cornerstone for the first attempt to build a stone...

Our Enchilada Red Library: More Than Books (But We Have Those, Too)

On every walk you get a view of San Antonio's Enchilada Red Central Library, opened in May, 1995. It's a prominent part of the San Antonio skyline. Here's a short video explaining how it got built: You'll walk past our two previous libraries on Friday's Friendship...

Take a Walk in a City Park

One of the American Volkssport Association's Special Programs is "Take a Walk in a City Park." During the Texas Trail Roundup, you will do that. And do it again, and again, putting you on track to fill up the 20 walks required to earn the cool patch. We have almost...

Bird Invasion!

In the fall and winter, at dusk and into the night, the trees and utility wires of San Antonio are covered in birds. Squawking, raucous, big black birds, straight from a Hitchcock movie. They are Quiscalus Mexicanus, called el Zanate in Mexico, where they originate....

Stop by the Award-Winning Confluence Park

Last year's Texas Trail Roundup missed the grand opening of Confluence Park by two weeks.. This is your chance to see this amazing park that just won one of the architecture industry’s highest honors, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honor Awards...

Two Really, Really, REALLY Interesting Hotel Stories

Last month we were hanging around downtown and an out-of-town friend pointed to the Fairmont Hotel, on the edge of La Villita,  and said, "bet that's been there for a while." Not really . . . the small hotel was built in 1906, but it's only been THERE, at the corner...

Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

On most Saturday walks you will be instructed to pass the turn-off to the Yturri-Edmonds House and Mill. You might be able to get a peek at it through the foliage. Miss Ernestine E. Edmunds, a school teacher and granddaughter of Manuel Yturri Castillo, willed this...

San Antonio: An International City

World War II divided the world and when it ended, after years of suffering, violence and sacrifice, it needed healing. In 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower created Sister Cities International to forge bonds between Earth’s citizens. Sixty years later, 545 U.S....

Dr. Shiga’s 1914 Alamo Monument

Nagashino is the Alamo of Japan; The Alamo is the Nagashino of America. Whoever knows the heroes of the Battle of Nagashino Knows the heroes of the Alamo Two monuments, one in Okazaki, Japan and one in the Alamo courtyard in San Antonio, bear these words commemorating...

Beware the Chupacabra

The legend of the chupacabra is a surprisingly recent one, originating in Puerto Rico in 1995. The name means "goat sucker" in Spanish, and a series of farm animal mutilations on the island were attributed to a horrific lizardy creature, like the one pictured above....

Butch & Sundance on the Street Where We Live

The event hotel for the Texas Trail Roundup sits on the infamous corner of Cesar Chavez Blvd, between Urban Loop and Santa Rosa. Unless you're a native, you won't realize that until eight years ago, when it was re-named after the Chicano labor leader, our street was...

When the Saints Came Marching In

The five San Antonio missions got their names from saints and benefactors: who were these men and women who left their names on our landscape? Saint Anthony, by the way, is considered to be the finder of lost things. So, if you get lost during the Texas Trail Roundup...

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