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May 17, 2013 - It’s time to take a hike!
When you have been sitting in front of a computer in an office environment without proper exercise or some kind of outdoor activity, soon you will begin to feel that you get tired easily and that your mind is not as alert as it should be. These are just signs that you need to take a break and go outdoors for some fresh air and what better way to have fun outdoors than to take a walk or go hiking, surrounded by greenery. Sounds like a wonderful idea, right? To top it off, you can charter a bus to take you and your whole family for a day out in the sun and just enjoy Mother Nature together.
If you are really serious about spending some quality time outdoors with your family and break away from the routine of staying indoors, then you should consider chartering a bus on a Saturday or Sunday and head on over to the Japanese Tea Gardens at Saint Mary’s St, San Antonio - a great place for the young, the energetic, the ones who are lack of exercise and the old (well, not too old as they do not have benches for you to sit if you are tired) to just take a slow walk or hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is also a great place for the kids to run around and release all their pent up energies for having stayed indoors for too long.
Japanese Tea Gardens was originally a rock quarry and part of its tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge while another section was from Emma Koehler. Back in 1915, Ray Lambert, then city parks commissioner, thought that it would be a nice location for a lily pond, which ultimately grew into a tea garden. In 2007, renovations works began - costing a whopping $1.6 million, compared with the original $7,000 Lambert originally spent to open the park. And it turned out to be just one of the most serene place to be.
One word of advice though - do make it a point to go early in the morning or late in the evening if you wish to charter a bus to this place as it would get too hot to walk around if you are going later in the morning or mid afternoon. The scenery at Japanese Tea Gardens is breathtakingly beautiful and if you enjoy taking photos, this is one place where you can really put to your shutterbug skills to good use your shutterbug skills. After all the walking, hiking and photo taking, you can choose to stop by the little Japanese restaurant for a light meal and enjoy their specialty teas too.