20 March 2019

hill country landmark

we had to go look at luchenbach --- not exactly my kind of people

karstian landmarks

i did not know of all the karst caverns in texas, but there are a lot --- cascade caverns, near boerne, was first opened to the public in 1932, but closed by world war ii, during which its artifact collection was stolen from the gift shop --- reopened in 1947 --- a lot of alterations, including turning the original cascade into an artificial water feature 

we  had the good fortune of an excellent guide, young jeremy, a geology student giving his last week of tours at cascade before graduation --- easy on the eyes he was

san antonio

the alamo (and the nearby riverwalk) overwhelm downtown san antonio, imho, with its texas jingoism --- tejanas were involved in its restoration in the early twentieth century, but could not keep it from being thoroughly de-mexicanized --- after a hundred years of tourism, this part of the city is very much like gatlinburg

our hotel was an adaptive use of a historic building and there's a lot of interesting architecture, but still . . . .

i am sorry that we did not time our stay to include the spanish governors palace, ca. 1722, which is the last bit of the spanish presidio san antonio de béxar

domini, domini, domini, you're all catholic now

UNESCO designated the san antonio missions, a national historical park, as a world heritage site in 2015, and it was purty great, even if most of it is WPA reconstructions --- all four of the park's missions fell into ruins in the nineteenth century, and it took events like the collapse of the bell  tower at san jose in 1928 to spur action --- original paint here and there and some really wonderful features, if heavily restored ---
mission san josé y san miguel de aguayo, "queen of the missions," built 1768 - 1782, mostly reconstructed by the WPA 1933 - 1939

one of the more awesome door openings i've ever seen --- load-bearing masonry walls give one a lot to work with

mission san francisco de la espada has a fine, still-working aqueduct, which i failed to photograph properly 

the church at mission san juan capistrano was an adaptive use of a granary, thus the weird proportions  --- assholes stole three eighteenth-century, wooden altar statues in 2000 ---

mission nuestra señora de la purísima concepción de acuña, completed in 1731, is the best-preserved of the san antonio missions --- brightly colored frescoes originally decorated inside and out, and fragments still survive

19 March 2019

also, too

i actually set foot on the sixth floor, NPS-SERO, today to commence my little stint of contract work helping beth with regulatory compliance for repairs from the various hurricanes in the last two or three years --- it was very good to see a couple of people, although fortunately i can do most of the work from home, so i can enjoy the orchids and the animals --- waiting on my PIV (personal identity verification!) card and gummint lap top --- the money i will receive will be useful

chattahoochee spring

dog and i went to the river today, so i could catch up with the georgia spring --- trilliums, violets, and what not --- march has been most excellent in terms of horticultural pleasures
a great clump of viola, and an unusual species, i think, one of 26 in georgia, but when you go to the web for identification, all you get is endless offers to rid your lawn of them