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San Antonio River

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

While the Riverwalk has made downtown San Antonio River, it is easy to overlook the importance of the San Antonio River itself.  It really is the backbone of the city, and the city is responding with a major renovation of the river and its banks.  Here you will find additional walkways, residential areas, and influential businesses.

We walked the river south from downtown.  Immediately apparent is the various flood control projects, which lowers the rive some 12 feet after downtown.   Then, you pass the HEB grocery store headquarters, with their own unique history.  Originally a US Army Arsenal, HEB bought the closed facility in 1981 and moved their headquarters there.  All renovation was done with an eye to maintaining buildings of historical significance.

A little further is what is now Pioneer Mills, a flour and baking goods provider with history to the mid 1800’s, when Carl Guenther opened a flour mill on the San Antonio River.  Over the years it has grown to the current size, and the original Guenther house is a much visited museum, store, and restaurant.

Flood control gates just south of downtown

HEB HQ viewed from the river walk

River walk - pleasant, shady, and scenic

Pioneer Flour Mills, on the river

On the way back to downtown

International Accordion Festival

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Wow, International Accordion Festival — does that sound corny or what?  In reality, it was a lot of fun.  This was the tenth Festival, played on the Arneson stage in San Antonio.  Every hour a new band, each with their own musical style (and origin), made for a large variety.  Be it Zydeco, Latino or Polka, there was something for everyone.

Even people on the river cruises had something to enjoy

Dueling accordions

Riders in the Sky were fabulous

A driving beat from South America

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Riverwalk

October 13, 2010 1 comment

San Antonio is justifiably famous for its river walk.  Scenic, lots of restaurants, tourists, and margaritas.  We had a beautiful day today, enjoying mild, sunny weather, and some good food.

Just think… a few decades ago this was a dumping ground for the businesses at street level.  Great reclamation job!

Looking upriver

Romola and Ida on one of the foot bridges across the river

Whatever this is, it's colorful

Still a little early for margaritas....

A colorful restaurant on the river

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San Antonio, Texas

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

We arrived at the RV park in San Antonio, TX.  Nice place, trees, pool.etc. and a bus stop right outside the door.  Easy travel to and from Downtown, including the Alamo and the Riverwalk.  We’ll be here a week before we head back to the lake.  Fun, lots of places to get a margarita!

The view from our window.....

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New neighbors

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The RV park we are in is near San Antonio, on a lake, quiet, and peaceful.  So much, that the local population includes a very large deer contingent.  Here are some of our new neighbors.

The husband.....

.... and one of his wives.

 

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