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More Than Water Under the Bridge

More Than Water Under the Bridge

We walkers have all been spooked by a creepy underpass. What (or who?) lurks in the shadows? On the San Antonio Riverwalk, that ominous feeling of dread has been banished by art. The undercrofts of our bridges are beautiful and safe Let's start with the FISH,...

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Simply Beautiful: The Japanese Tea Garden

Simply Beautiful: The Japanese Tea Garden

It wasn't always beautiful. In 1915, the new San Antonio Parks Commissioner, Ray Lambert, embraced the “modern” ideal of healthier urban environments for the wealthy and working class alike. His grand idea was to create a park near downtown by connecting a 199-acre...

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: What’s the Big Deal?

UNESCO World Heritage Site: What’s the Big Deal?

On July 4, 2015 the San Antonio Missions became a UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site. What's the big deal? In 1972, various international bodies united to draw up the World Heritage Convention. It was...

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Un Poquito de Mexico en HemisFair Park

Un Poquito de Mexico en HemisFair Park

The 10km Friday Friendship walk will take you through HemisFair Park. Just before you get to the Tower of the Americas you'll be instructed to walk to the left of the Mayan Statue and head towards the big blue sculpture titled "Unamita." What are these things doing...

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The Sssssssnakes of San Antonio

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...

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Empty Tomb: The Cenotaph

Empty Tomb: The Cenotaph

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...

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A Walk through Academia: Trinity University

A Walk through Academia: Trinity University

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...

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San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

Sunday'sTexas Trail Roundup 21k 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...

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Take a Walk in a City Park

Take a Walk in a City Park

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...

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Bird Invasion!

Bird Invasion!

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...

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Stop by the Award-Winning Confluence Park

Stop by the Award-Winning Confluence Park

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....

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Two Really, Really, REALLY Interesting Hotel Stories

Two Really, Really, REALLY Interesting Hotel Stories

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...

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Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

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...

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San Antonio: An International City

San Antonio: An International City

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...

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