Waco 08/15/15

I was looking to change up the Waco Volksmarch for 2016. I went online and laid out a potential 10K route. We set out this morning to walk the planned route. We arrived at the Waco Visitor’s Center right off of I-35 at 7am and the sun was still in hiding but it was 80 degrees and light enough to walk.

We headed out though the First Street Cemetery next to the visitor’s center and then the Hebrew Rest Cemetery toward University Parks Drive.

First Street Cemetery

First Street Cemetery

We walked past the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and crossed over University Parks Drive to the Baylor Campus.

Sun coming up behind the trees.

Sun coming up behind the trees.

We walked past the parking garage toward the Truett Seminary.

BU on the mound near parking garage.

BU on the mound near parking garage.

Truett Seminary

Truett Seminary

The Kneeling Christ - by Charles Umlauf 1973

The Kneeling Christ – by Charles Umlauf 1973

I had planned to walk straight on through to the Bear habitat passing Russell Hall but ran into construction. So we turned left to circled the tennis courts.

National Pan-Hellenic Garden - no entrance on the side we walked by.

National Pan-Hellenic Garden – no entrance on the side we walked by.

Sunlight in the top of one of the big oak trees.

Sunlight dots the branches of one of the big oak trees.

We made it to the bear habitat but no bears were out.

Waco Creek by the Bear Habitat.

Waco Creek by the Bear Habitat.

We turned left heading East along the esplanade passing this memorial.

The immortal 10 who died.

The “Immortal 10” who died.

Information on the accident.

Information on the accident.

We turned right to pass in front of Neff Hall and I stopped to take a picture of the historical marker about Governor Neff.

Pat Neff historical marker.

Governor Pat Neff historical marker.

We turned left going out to Speight Street and then another left going back toward University Parks Drive.  We turned right on 3rd to view the Baylor President’s residence.

Baylor University President's residence.

Baylor University President’s residence.

We walked cattycorner across a parking lot toward the fountain and the sun is still not fully up yet.

Sun coming up behind the tower.

Sun coming up behind the tower.

We passed the bear statue and turned left to follow the stream to the fountain at the other end.

Bear against the sunrise.

Bear against the sunrise.

We turned right again to follow a gravel path to University Parks Drive where we turned left to head back toward downtown Waco.  We crossed University Parks at the Mayborn Museum.

Mayborn Museum

Mayborn Museum

We turned left in front of the museum to the Grant Teaff statue and then continued on toward the bridge to McLean Stadium.

Baylor football head coach Grant Teaff

Baylor football head coach Grant Teaff

We crossed the bridge and turned right circling the pond to reach the North side of the stadium. We turned left to head back to the South side and viewed RG3’s statue before recrossing the Brazos River.

Plaque about the new bridge.

Plaque about the new bridge.

Ed crossing the bridge.

Ed crossing the bridge.

We turned left to go down to the Riverwalk.

McLane Stadium

McLane Stadium from the Riverwalk.

We headed in toward downtown Waco and unfortunately we found this construction sign.  After two years the Riverwalk is still not complete.  They can build a huge stadium in 9 months but they can’t finish a simple walkway in two years????

Barricade on Riverwalk

Barricade on Riverwalk

So we gave up on the walk and headed back to the Visitor’s Center. We passed this War Memorial which I had never noticed before.

War Memorial - 143rd Infantry.

War Memorial – 143rd Infantry.

We passed by Erath’s statue and we were done. We probably walked 8K today.

George Erath - Surveyor/Texas Ranger/Statesman

George Erath – Surveyor/Texas Ranger/Statesman

 

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About walktx

I am an avid Volksmarcher. I belong to Texas County Walkers in Mesquite.
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