Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Spring Walk Down the Arkansas River, East Bank

A few weeks ago I shared a few pictures on Facebook of a walk I took in downtown Wichita, along the Arkansas River.  I live less than a block from the river, but I don't get down there very often.  Most of the time it's too hot in the summer, or I'm just too busy getting other things done.  The last few years, because of the drought we have had, there hasn't been much water in the river as it goes through downtown, so it was nice to see water in the river once again.

I'm going to share most of the pictures I took, but not all of them.  I took way too many that day, and I'm not sure any of you would have the patience to scroll through such a large post.  Today I'm going to show the pictures I took as I walked south along the east bank.  Sometime next week I will share most of the pictures I took as I walked back home, along the west bank.

Started the walk at the Keeper of the Plains.


Next three pictures are of Exploration Place, which is a kids science museum. 

Memorial to the U.S.S. Wichita, Word War II Heavy Cruiser.

Up those stairs sits the War Memorial Park.  I'll be taking pictures of that at some later point in time.

Not sure what this is from, but it just sits there on the bank.

Next four pictures are of one of the many vehicular bridges crossing the river.

Next six pictures are from a sitting area along the river, including a raised space further back.

Loved the color contrast between the tree and the near by shrubbery. 
The root system of the tree. 
The plaque giving the name of this sculpture and artist was missing.

River bank in front of the Hyatt.


Snake sitting on a reed in the river.

Next two pictures are of the waterfall feature in front of the Hyatt.

View from the bridge south of the Hyatt where I turned around to walk back.


bermudaonion said...

Everything but the snake is lovely but where are all the people? It's a shame you live so close and don't have time to get down there often.

The Reading Frenzy said...

Ryan thanks for sharing these amazing pics to know you live so close to such beauty.
have a great weekend!!

carol said...

What a lovely walk.

Lisa said...

Wichita has done an amazing job of taking advantage of the river. Omaha doesn't take advantage of the Missouri at all.

Blodeuedd said...

What a lovely place to walk along side

Staci said...

I would so love to have something like that to walk daily!!! What gorgeous features. I love the waterfall, heck I love it all!!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

These are such great pictures, Ryan. I knew you were going to post that snake pic again, but I just couldn't look away. LOL!

Angela's Anxious Life said...

These are really really great pictures! I love to see nature.. especially where I haven't visited!


Prashant C. Trikannad said...

It all looks so calm and serene without people. Thanks for sharing these pictures, Ryan.

Teddyree said...

Thanks for sharing I loved seeing the pics, very 1st one is so pretty, love the photo of the tree in flower and the local wildlife :)

Alexia561 said...

Lovely pictures! Well, except for the snake, which creeped me out a little. :)