Rice University – Houston 10K – 07/25/2015

We haven’t walked this particular event since 2004, so we were eager to see what changes had been made to the walk route. The start box was at the same location, although the name of the hotel had changed. We came in on Loop 610 and easily found the start location.  We headed out North on Main Street through the medical district.

St. Luke's Hospital.

St. Luke’s Hospital.

Heading out on the shaded gravel path around Rice University.

Heading out on the shaded gravel path around Rice University.

Decorated utility box.

Decorated utility box.

Pride of Barbados

Pride of Barbados

More pretty plants.

More pretty plants.

Clock in Rice Village - A local shopping area developed here in 1945 and, unlike most in Houston, it’s never died and has actually grown.

Clock in Rice Village – A local shopping area opened here in 1945 and it’s never died.  It has continued to grow.

Fountain in Rice Village.

Fountain in Rice Village.

One end of an apartment complex.

One end of an apartment complex.

The other end without the vines.  I like the vine end best.

The other end without the vines. I like the vine end best.

Steeple in the distance.

Steeple in the distance.

This is the church the steeple belongs to.

This is the church the steeple belongs to.

Sample of the houses along the edge of Rice University.

Sample of the houses along the edge of Rice University.

Nicely done fence.

Nicely done fence.

Contemporary Rice University Sign.

Contemporary Rice University Sign.

Old Rice Sign on ivy covered post.

Old Rice Sign on ivy covered post.

Main entrance to Rice, we will walk through here on our way back to the start.

Main entrance to Rice, we will walk through here on our way back to the start.

Walking on trail between Main and Fannin headed toward the Museum District.

We continued on toward the Museum District.

Another view of the trail.

Paved trail is between Main and Fannin Streets.

Mecom Fountain - One large fountain flanked by two smaller ones.

Mecom Fountain – One large fountain flanked by two smaller ones inside a traffic circle where Main and Montrose meet.

Statue of Sam Houston.

Statue of Sam Houston.

Cancer Survivor's -  life sized figures passing through a maze, that represents the hoops they must hop through for treatment.

Cancer Survivor’s – life sized figures passing through a maze, that represents the hoops they must hop through for treatment.

We continued North on Main and passed the Hotel ZaZa. On the corner were two hotel employees passing out cold bottles of water and orange popsicles to people walking by. We were very hot and although we had water, ours was hot. It was wonderful. Hotel ZaZa deserves a great honorable mention for making this walk much more enjoyable. Thank You, Hotel ZaZa!

St. Paul's United Methodist Church

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Entrance to a Sculpture Garden.

Entrance to a Sculpture Garden.

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After wandering around the sculpture garden we were back on the walk route.

Leaving the sculpture garden we passed one of the Museums.

Fine Art Museum.

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Shaded brick path down center of South Blvd.

Shaded brick path down center of South Blvd.

There is also paths down West Blvd. and North Blvd.

There is also paths down West Blvd. and North Blvd.

Sample of the homes in the area.

Sample of the homes in the area.

Christopher Columbus in Bell Park.

Christopher Columbus in Bell Park.

Odd shaped bench in Bell Park.

Odd shaped bench in Bell Park.

First Masonic Lodge in Texas.  The current lodge building is in the Museum District of Houston, Texas at 4911 Montrose Boulevard. The building was erected in 1954, designed by architect Milton McGinty. The sandstone mural facade depicting the origins of Freemasonry was carved by William M. McVey

First Masonic Lodge in Texas. The current lodge building is in the Museum District of Houston, Texas at 4911 Montrose Boulevard. The building was erected in 1954, designed by architect Milton McGinty. The sandstone mural facade depicting the origins of Freemasonry was carved by William M. McVey.

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Horticultural Art

Horticultural Art

Entrance to Rice's quadrangle.

Entrance to Rice’s quadrangle.

South wall of the Quadrangle.

South wall of the Quadrangle.

North Wall of the Quadrangle.

North Wall of the Quadrangle.

Sculpture of William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University.

Sculpture of William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University.

Edgar Odell Lovett - First President of Rice University.  He held the office 1912–1946.

Edgar Odell Lovett – First President of Rice University. He held the office 1912–1946.

Bronze Owl - Rice University Mascot.

Bronze Owl – Rice University Mascot.

Looks like an Hour Glass to me.

Looks like an Hour Glass to me.

Pretty flower.

Pretty flower.

We finished the walk and attempted to get up on I-45 to get out of Houston. Little did we know it was closed all through downtown due to construction. So we wandered around the streets of Houston, until we finally got far enough north to hit I-10. Going west on I-10 we finally found an open on ramp to I-45 and could head toward home. Below are a couple of nice things seen while wandering the streets of downtown Houston.

Statue in front of Goode Armadillo Palace.

Statue in front of Goode Armadillo Palace.

Statues in front of Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Statues in front of Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

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