We stopped in Fort Stockton, Texas after leaving New Mexico and before arriving in San Antonio. You might say that we “blew” into Fort Stockton. Apparently, the wind blows regularly in this part of Texas.

After a long day of driving, we enjoyed an evening of jazz at Olmos Pharmacy in San Antonio. Every Monday night Small World plays and encourages local musicians to join them. My long-term chess student and San Marcos music faculty member, Morris Nelms, was welcomed to join them on keyboard. We enjoyed a great evening of music!

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala

We visited the San Antonio Museum of Art. We especially enjoyed the Oceanic Gallery. The Orator’s Pulpit, for example, is interesting example from the Iatmul People in Papua New Guinea, Dance Staff from New Herbrides, Melanasia, and the Malanggan Mask from New Ireland Melanasia. In the section on India, Yogini caught my attention. One of the most unique pieces is the Medicine Buddha Sand Medicine that was made by Drepung Loseling Monks from Karnatake in July 2001. Usually a mandala like this one would be destroyed. However,the Dalai Lama allowed it to be saved, only one of four such mandalas are in existence in the U.S. This museum opened in 1981. Originally, this site and its buildings were part of the Lone Star Brewery from 1884-1918.

We parked under the Tower of the Americas and walked part of the Riverwalk. We dined at Casa Rio under one of their iconic colored umbrellas. An aggressive female mallard duck nipped me for food.

Witte Museum

Witte Museum

The Witte Museum, which reopened in March, is an impressive natural museum. We looked in on a video of Bracken Cave, located northwest of San Antonio, that is the home of the largest colony of bats in the world, at times some 15 million bats! The Texas Wild Gallery presents the flora and fauna of regional ecosystems. I took pictures of a pronged antelope and a great horned owl. On the second floor we learned about the prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the People of the Pecos Gallery. We were especially interested in learning more about elaborate cave paintings. The special exhibit on “Natural Beauty” presented beautiful dresses with elaborate trains. I especially liked Margaret Cape, Duchess of Far Horizons, Court of Beauty, 1963 with vibrant turquoise with stylized doves and Eliza Shelby Smith, Duchess of Great Open Lands, Court of Sovereign Legends, 2014 with cacti blooms bursting in exceptional color. Outside the museum, Arky, is a sculpture of  anacrocanthosaurus and inside the grounds, “Trail Drivers” by Gutzon Borglum. We were pleased to visit some new sites in an interesting city. We also visited the North Star Mall in order to replace a damaged iphone. Also, after three days of inactivity with my Via key, magically it resurrected its capability to electronically open and lock the doors.

 

 

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