The San Antonio River Runs Through Downtown San Antonio
My First Trip To San Antonio
In my seventh grade year of school here in Kaufman, Texas - I had a teacher named Ms. Wesner, and she was the talk of the school. She was tall, blonde, thin, and rather attractive. I recall another teacher that I thought was more attractive than Ms. Wesner, but Ms. Wesner had a style that was very flashy, and she was the type of Lady that just sort of loved to be the center of attention, and that is where she thrived.
Ms. Wesner taught Texas History, and I made the honors roll for that. We super small town geniuses of the Texas Historical persuasion were gifted a trip to San Antonio, so long as our parents could pay for it, and mine could, did, and I went.
We went, and we did so by an airplane. I was too young to be scared of flying, and America was not to the point to where the media paints people as criminals for having guns. It wasn't a police state so visibly ran by cruel and inhuman non persons that are Corporations then. Every other pickup truck in the state had a gun rack plainly visible from the rear glass, and because of all the good men and women that could freely carry guns everywhere - we were much safer then. We felt safer. We were safer. We knew it.
Of course we chaperons and seventh grade geniuses went to see The Alamo! Heck yes we did! We rode a boat down the San Antonio River through the fancy and most beautiful part of that very old American city. We went to a museum, and I made pretty blond Ms. Wesner guffaw when the museum guide pointed to some artifact or another, and said that it was an authentic reproduction, and I suggested that the words authentic and reproduction being used to describe a thing was an indication of a lie.
The River Walk - America's Most Beautiful Dating Location
My Second Trip To San Antonio
It was either 2005 or 2006 - I'm not certain any more. I'd been living at a drug rehab that was really a Christian Discipleship Ministry in Desoto, Texas - which is just a few miles West of Dallas. What you will find out while in Dallas is that there are so many large towns around and between Dallas and Fort Worth - that it's nearly just one huge city the size of New York City, really.
Anyway, I had been selling cars and trucks forDoug Stanley Ford in Desoto, Texas; and I was damned good at it. I look like some skinny FBI agent in a suite, and I find that I rather like dressing that way when I can find a reason to do so - I'm just good looking, and I get better looking every single day still. I can hardly wait for tomorrow!
But I wanted to be a truck driver, not a car salesman - I wanted to travel, and not have to worry about living in any one spot. I enrolled to go to CDL training school for the largest transportation company in the United States of America - SWIFT Transportation.
I checked into the motel where the Swift trainees stayed, and spied a beautiful young Mexican American girl. Somehow or another I had my swagger going that day - it probably had to do with the few thousand dollars that I had in the bank - would be my guess, but I made some pleasant chit chat with her, never thinking that she'd be going to Swift School too.
I've got news for you - there are pretty women out there driving eighteen wheelers!
The next morning waiting for the bus to school - she asked me if she could sit next to me on the bus, as she was sort of scared of the large group of . . . .rather boisterous potential truck drivers. Do you suppose I told her NO!?
I got kicked out of Swift school the morning of the first day. I learned something about Swift recruiters - they don't give a damn about you moving out of where you live or quitting your job - they are American Capitalist, and they do not care about anything but themselves. That's just what capitalist DO. They fuck you and everyone else over for profit - that is the definition of capitalism. The man never cared that I'd left stability for a shot at something else. He didn't care that I had some silly public intoxication violation within the past five years, and he didn't care that that would get me kicked out of the Swift School in San Antonio - He only cared that he got paid for the number of warm bodies that sign up for the class.
I got a room at the motel all to myself. I rented a sports car. Me and the sexy senorita went on a date, and spent a lot of my money on the River Walk. It's the single greatest place in America to take someone out for a date. Trust me on that one.
Are you looking for a place to take your loved one on a vacation? If you've not been to the gorgeous city of San Antonio, Texas - then you are truly missing out. There's not a finer or more beautiful city in the United States. San Antonio is the San Franciscoof the Southern United States. Once you've got your loved one with you on the River Walk, my friends - you're halfway where you want to be.
Charley Pride - Is Anyone Going To San Antone?
The San Antonio River Walk
There is more beauty and activity along the San Antonio River Walk than anyone not living there could get around to seeing and experiencing without frequent visits. There is an official web site for the San Antonio River Walk - and you are looking at it just to the right of this text.
Despite how hot it gets in the Texas Summers - there is enough shade around the river walk to enjoy it on a hot Summer's eve. Just dress appropriately - don't wear much. I can't say for certain, or not - but I'm willing to bet that the San Antonio River has never once frozen over during the Winters - not along the River Walk where so many people work, and boats are forever going up and down for tourist, or persons who are so lucky as to be able to live there, and enjoy such fine natural and human constructed beauty frequently.
I can't say whether or not anyone or everyone who might be reading this has ever been to places like Lower or Upper Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Texas - or the West End in downtown Dallas, or even the infamous Deep Ellum near downtown Dallas. Anther place that comes to mind is the famous Sixth Street in Austin, Texas - well, the River Walk District of San Antonio is like all of those gorgeous places in that it's filled with restaurants, bars, gift shops, and tourist type places. It's a place where the young a beautiful hang out - sure, but it's a more quite place than any of those. You could say that it's classier, and on top of that - a river runs right through it, making it something like the Vienna of North America - only hotter, and with lots of Mexican Americans, African Americans - and whatever else you wish to call the lighter skinned persons that inhabit all of those places, and these places.
It's beautiful. I could talk about it for a month here - but there's no describing it without seeing it. I suggest that anyone, single or married - or just taken, if you will - young or old, at some time in their lives experience the beauty of San Antonio's River Walk.
kyndallP on July 27, 2017:
The River Walk is great but I have lived here for 23 years and if you're looking for something that isn't a big tourist destination but isn't super off the beaten path you have to check out The Shops at the Broadway Newsstand! It's this amazing spot filled with airstream trailers you can just go hitch to hitch and shop for some seriously one of a kind items! you have to make it a must see and it's right off the Pearl Brewery!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on February 01, 2016:
Thanks Robert! I bet it costs so much to live near there now that very few can ever swing it. The place is just lovely!
Robert Sacchi on February 01, 2016:
I left San Antonion & Texas for the last time in 1982. I remember the River Walk. I was beautiful. I saw the River Parade and also saw during a night in December when they line the River Walk with lit candles. Good memories. Thank you for the Hub.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 14, 2012:
Gypsy Rose Lee - Thank You for the wonderful compliment!!!!!!!!!!
The River Walk really is that beautiful, probably, it is more beautiful than the pictures. It just is!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 14, 2012:
WOW. Voted up and awesome. What a beautiful city boy when's the next plane leave???? Love those pictures. Makes me want to just jump right in there through the comp. Thanks for this wonderful hub.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on October 27, 2011:
Hey thanks doodlebugs!!! Who do you play with or for? Drop me some video links here if you got em' - I'd love to hear it!
doodlebugs from Southwest on October 27, 2011:
I love the Riverwalk. We are planning a trip there for the Rock and Roll marathon in November.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on October 27, 2011:
It's absolutely beautiful there!!!! I'm way North of there, but still in Texas.
I'd love to live there myself - down there knowing Spanish would REALLY be a must. I feel really dumb sometimes for not speaking Spanish fluently.
PiaC from Oakland, CA on October 27, 2011:
I have an affinity for river towns - I've never seen a small town by a big river and not wanted to immediately move there. I've never been to San Antonio, Texas, but after reading your Hub, I can see that i will have to visit soon!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on September 21, 2011:
Hey There Feenix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I sort of surmised that you were taking a well deserved break from Hubpages - but I'm glad to see you back!!
Yes Sir - San Antonio is absolutely beautiful - and well deserves such fine memorials and tributes made to it by fine musicians such as Sir Charley Pride and the Late Patsy Cline!
feenix on September 21, 2011:
What a cool and informative hub. I have traveled all over Texas but I have never had the pleasure of visiting San Antonio. And those songs by Charley Pride and Patsy Cline were excellent additions to this terrific post.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 26, 2011:
Hey Sue Swan, THANK YOU! I'd recommend San Antonio in the fall to anyone - but the heat down here can be a bit much for anyone who has never been here before during a Summer.
Sueswan on August 25, 2011:
Well, I never have been to Texas but after reading your hub, I will add San Antonio to places I would live to visit.
Voted up, up and away!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 25, 2011:
Hey ruffridyer - it's getting harder and harder to make it these days. But if any of us do make it - then San Antonio would surely be one heck of a pretty place to retire to!
ruffridyer from Dayton, ohio on August 25, 2011:
My Late wife and I were there when our youngest gradurated from air force boot camp. I told my wife I could see us moving there when I retire. Waking up early to have breakfast on the walk with her would be so plesant.
Another dream that won't happen.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 24, 2011:
Thank you G Nelson!!!! Really though - there's no words to describe a great evening in late Summer or Fall along the River Walk!!!!
Hey mib56789!!!!!!!!! Oh Noeeeeeeesssssss!!!!!! Now I think you're a scary government Lady!!!!!!!!!!!
You live in Austin????????? YOU ARE ONE LUCKY LADY!!!! THANKS FOR LINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Momma!!!!! I iz hootz? (you've got to find out about lulz cats, Mom)
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 24, 2011:
Thank you very much, Chris!!!!!!!!!!! It is a very beautiful place.
If someone were to drive into San Antonio you'd not think that you'd be heading towards anything pretty, but once you are there in down town - you see that it's one of the most scenic places that there is in North America.
I hesitate to compare a place over here to something in Europe - but San Antonio is what we've got so far as old cities are concerned.
Patricia Shaw on August 23, 2011:
You are a hoot, Todd Shaw! I always learn more than I expect and enjoy doing so. Keep writing!
mib56789 on August 23, 2011:
I went to the River Walk on an official government business trip. I liked it! Now that we moved to Austin, Texas and my kids are grown they visit the River Walk on their own. I'm redirecting traffic from my Texas HUB by linking to some of your Texas HUBs. FYI.
GNelson from Florida on August 23, 2011:
You describe it well. I want to go back now!
Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on August 22, 2011:
You describe it so well, I almost feel like dropping everything and just rushing on over there right now. It's definitely going on my list of places to see.
I have to agree with Mr Happy, Wesman, you are the absolute master, when it comes to engaging oneliners.
Thanks for all.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on August 22, 2011:
LOL!@!!! How can that be funny?????
I asked my momma, "momma, don't I get better looking every day?"
MY MOMMA SAID THAT I DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Mr. Happy - Texas is the best place in the world to be during the Fall and Winter - it's this time of year now that truly sucks.
But hey, I've got one hell of a tan right now!
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 22, 2011:
"I suggested that the words authentic and reproduction being used to describe a thing was an indication of a lie." - I think you were quite correct in stating so.
"I look like some skinny FBI agent in a suite, and I find that I rather like dressing that way when I can find a reason to do so - I'm just good looking, and I get better looking every single day still. I can hardly wait for tomorrow!" - It just happened that I had my mouth full of wine when I read that part and I nearly sprayed the monitor ... LOL!! That was pretty funny!
"Once you get your loved on with you on the River Walk, my friends - you're halfway where you want to be already." - I love that line, I'll have to add San Antonio to the list ... I keep climbing on airplanes lately so, who knows ...
LOL I like this line too: "Just dress appropriately - don't wear much."
Well, I have never been anywhere in the southern or western side of the United States but I will certainly bug you for some information when I do.
Thanks for writing this! Cheers. (I had a few good laughs, many thanks for that too!!)