Visit a San Antonio Jewel

After our science lessons at The Witte Museum, I secretly scheduled a visit to a San Antonio jewel.

I had to secretly schedule this stop, because I was the only one in my family who voted to go to an old rock quarry.

If you had been given the following facts, would you have voted to go to this place?

  • a limestone rock quarry dating back to the 1800s but today is “one of San Antonio’s jewels”
  • a man with land, another man with a vision, and a community working together
    • George Washington Brackenridge donated land in 1899.
    • Ray Lambert, a city parks commissioner, had a vision in 1917.
    • Lambert’s vision was to turn an abandoned pit quarry into an oriental-style garden.
    • The community donated bulbs and exotic plants to beautify the garden

My family heard the facts and wasn’t opposed to stopping at the sight, but no one other than me voted for this place either.

a bed of flowersold rock quarry in san antonio a red flower

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But once my family walked through a Japanese torri gate
no one was eager to leave. japanese pagoda

underneath a japanese pagoda

underneath a japanese pagoda

san antonio japanese tea garden

 

 

 

japanese tea garden

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 stone bridges stone bridges and shadows  japanese tea gardenjapanese tea garden overlook

stone bridges stone bridges

hidden passagewaysyellow blooms

red flowers stone and flowers

momma duck and ducklings a koi pond

koi pondkoi freenzy

japanese tea garden in san antonioa pink flower

an abandoned rock quarry

 During our travel adventure, some places appealed to only one of us initially.
But after a stop, many of these sights often became a favorite for all of us.

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio was one of those places.

.  On a grand road trip adventure across the USA,
this place awakened my senses and this sight fed my soul.
What a sightseeing adventure for me!

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