The New Riverwalk & some Texas Culture

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jun 05, 2009

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A day of jamming in a lot...our typical style.

The new Riverwalk AKA the San Antonio River Museum Reach.

Why Museum Reach? Because it goes from Lexington Avenume to the San Antonio Museum of Art and even further. 

We started at McCullough Ave. Only because Gary's moms maiden name was McCullough. Sounded ok to me. Got on the water taxi, paid our $10 per person for an all day pass. This is the lowest price ticket. You can use it any where the red ferries go, but it is NOT good on the River Walk tours.    

From McCullough we went up to Lexington to turn around and pick up a few passengers. Then up thru the Brooklyn Ave Lock and Dam. Just like being back in Pittsburgh.

There is artwork along the shores. A map shows you where, but of course we were too busy looking at the scenery to look at the map. But we did find the F.I.S. H. by Donald Lipski, a Philadelphia artist. These fish which are stuck between the water and the bridge are amazing. We're told they will soon have lights on them at night.  

The "Museum Reach" stops at the San Antonio Art Museum, along with 12 other locations.There are 8 permanent art installions long the river.

So what does it cost to design and build this wonderland of exhibits, 3.4 miles of paved walking paths? 72.1 million.

What makes up the river bottom? approximately 6" diameter cobble stone rocks. 

How deep is it? Approximately 3 feet deep at the bulkheads throught the new segments, with the exception of the area from the lock & dam complex to the Jones Avenue bridge which is approximately 12 feed deep.    

How long? The Museum Reach Urban Segment is 1.33 miles long, and includes 3.4 miles of walkways. It starts at Lexington Avenue and ends at Josephine Street Bridge.

Does it connect to River Walk by water? NOPE. You gotta get off and at Lexington and walk.

Which is what we did. Lots of artwork along the way and murals.
Even with the high temperature and very high humidity it was worth the ride. 

We couldn't go to San Antonio without eating at the Buckhorn Saloon.

It's an authetic Saloon that has continuous operation since 1881. When you first step in the Saloon, you are overwhelmed and over awed at the collection of animals and deer racks.
Ok, this is one of those places that if you have an aversion to hunters and their "trophies" you just don't want to be.. But as much as I do have a dislike to shooting animals just for the "trophy" part of it, I was browsing from animal to animal. The variety here is just over-astounding. A wholly mamoth/ An an Irish Elk? My brother would kill for that 70 point buck rack on the wall.

The food here is pretty basic. But really good.
Sandwiches and fries $10 - $11. But the are BIG! Large salads $9. 10oz Rib eye Steak $16.  Ice tea and pop they are really making the money on...sort of a Disney price $2.30.

And there is HISTORY! This is where it all started...where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today's Buckhorn Saloon, including the back bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood.

There is a 3 Museum Package. Nope, you can't do just one.  It $10 bucks and you get An interactive Wax Museum where you walk thru 400 years of Texas history. The Reef which included the largest sailfish ever caught on a fly rod  And the Texas Rangers Museum. 

I think we kept the best for last last today.The Museum of Texan culture is a DO NOT DARE MISS exhibit. Had we known there were so many areas, demonstrations, and exhibits, we would have done this first so we could see everything. 
Pay your $8 per person admission, and you are right at the first exhibit. Here's the website:  For some reason, this is not a well known museum. The guide at the Alamo National Park said we had to do this. And he was right.

Shoes. Yep. the stuff famous Texans wear on their famous feet. At first, I must have had a puzzeled look on my face. Why would we come to a Texas Museum to see someones shoes? And boots?   Actually, after the first 30 seconds Gary and I were hooked. From Presidents, First Ladies.. Laura Bush not only has the Nike swish, but  "First Lady" on the back of hers. To actors, inventors, sports figures, writers,  and all "walks of life" in their famous shoes

The shoes are rotated every 6 to 12 months to give other Texans or those with connections to Texas a chance to display theirs. 

The exhibits are also seperated into cultures. Who formed Texas? Even the Wends, who I had NO idea about.

Cattle drives to a bandstand and musical instruments. How native and world wide cultures blended to become Texans. 

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