Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017
Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ridin' the Storm Out - Sun., June 30

If you know us well, you know I don't walk in the rain. Period. Don't like it, never have. So I was highly skeptical this morning when I read the NOAA weather report proffering a 40% chance of thunderstorms, 50 mph wind gusts, and possible hail. I don't know what I was thinking when I told Bob I still wanted to go. I brought the umbrella and packed my camera, cell phone and car keys in plastic Ziploc sandwich bags. (Bob says I'm a good Girl Scout.)

Driving to the start point in downtown San Antonio, an ominous sky brooded over us. Black sky moodiness dared us to continue with our plans. The blue sucker hole drew us in, even though surrounding us through a 360-degree view were clouds in shades of black and grey.

After registering for the Volksmarch, we started our walk at 7:45 a.m. The temperature was pleasant and we walked at a good pace. As soon as we got to El Mercado, the sky started spitting at us, not enough to soak, just enough to let us know we better be prepared for the moody sky to shed some big crocodile tears.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
El Mercado tile art.
El Mercado
More tile art at El Mercado.

El Mercado restaurant - reminds us of New Orleans.
El Mecado business.
Beautiful tile art.

Children's Hospital Emergency Room - we needed a restroom!
Threatening sky.
Stormy, moody sky.
San Francesco di Paola Church
Storm clouds.
Stormy.
My umbrella was up when rain, thunder and lightning descended upon us. The rain came down in earnest. We hurried to find cover and ended up under the awning of the WOAI 4 News building for about 45 minutes. When the rain let up, we continued our walk. You will see that raindrops falling on our heads were not our only challenge.


Under the awning.
When cars and buses went by, they splashed up a wall of water. Thankfully, we were out of reach of the splashes.
Ridin' the storm out.
Waterfall coming off the awning.
Storm drains were overflowing back up into the street.
The drains sucked down the water but not fast enough.
We had to cross this...got our feet and socks wet.

The intersection above was flooded.
Water up to bottom of body of car.
A few more photos of our downtown jaunt...




Domino's Pizza delivery vehicles - Smart.

Airstream re-purposed to sell cosmetics (in La Villita)
We finished up our walk in a damp state. Actually, Bob was pretty wet. He only had his baseball cap for protection from the rain. I shared the umbrella for a while, then he decided not to use it anymore.

Below is some more information on The Big Year birding competition. Bob found these when he searched for "the truth about The Big Year" on Google. We both enjoyed reading these two articles and thought you might enjoy them too.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Round Robin: "Birds, Birders, and Birding in The Big Year: What We Noticed."

Also see: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: "The Big Year: Our Movie Review."

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Random Event Center - Sat., June 29

Our Saturday evening plans changed. We didn't go to see Missions baseball or the fireworks following the game. Instead, we headed out to Random event center for a live band and a relaxing evening in the country.

About an hour from our RV park is Boerne, Texas, a historic German town. Just west of Boerne is Boerne City Lake. Random Event Center is at 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Road on the way to the lake.

We arrived around 6:45 p.m., the band was scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Even though the temperature was 90+ degrees, being in the country felt comfortable. Seeing the acres of green grass instantly mellowed us from the hectic pace of the past week.

We ate appetizers from So-Frito food truck which had Cuban/Peruvian food. I tried the Carimanolas and Panamanian Tortillas, Bob had a Chicken Empanada served with a mango habanero sauce (the sauce was excellent, as was the carimanola). Then I had to try the Cuban Special: Ropa Vieja, black beans, rice and twice fried plantains. Great food. Nice, cold beer.

Will Owen Gage Trio played classic rock, blues, funk, and country. So nice to sit outside and listen to music. The evening was still quite warm so when people who had been sitting in front of the big fan left, we moved to that table. Ahhhh! Relief from heat and bugs.

Families came to Random with kids and dogs in tow. There was a water slide bouncy toy with a small pool at the bottom. The kids were having a blast! Up, down, up down, up, down; those kids will sleep good tonight!

Some people climbed over the berm separating Random from Boerne City Lake and went for a swim in the lake, then came back for the band.

Walking toward Random from their parking lot.
Beer garden.
Looking out over part of the property.
Bouncy water slide.
So-Frito food truck at Random.

Randall serving beer.
Random owners Mary and Michael.
Michael and my step-son, Randall.
Cuban Special: ropa vieja, black beans, rice, deep fried plantains.
Will Owen Gage Trio rockin' out.
A moment before, this guy was holding the dog in front of the fan. Cute!
Will Owen Gage.
More and more people as the evening wore on.
Tables filled up.
Cute tap handles!
So many choices!
We stayed until almost 10:00 p.m. but we needed to get up early to walk and it was an hour drive home. This was a very nice, relaxing evening outdoors and was much needed by two Type A people.

Travel Bug out.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brook Hollow in Reverse Order - Sat., June 29

I was out the door early this morning for an AVA-sponsored Volksmarch. Because Texas is so hot at this time of year, it is de rigeur to walk or hike early. I signed in and started the walk at 7:30 a.m. The temperature was 79 degrees.

Since this is my go-to walk when walking alone, it was nice to have the sponsor's start/finish table with ice water provided. The walk today was set up to go in the opposite direction from the way I am used to walking so I saw the route from a different perspective. It took me one hour and 35 minutes to walk 10K (6.2 miles). Pretty good.

I took a few photos along the way...

Pink Crape myrtle.
Brook Hollow neighborhood.
Close up of Crape myrtle.

Lavender Crape myrtle.
A well-used bird house.
Shrimp plant.

Yard art.
White Crape myrtle.
Showy Crape myrtle display.
Other than the walk, I have blogged, vacuumed, and done laundry. Next on today's agenda is dinner, followed by a Missions baseball game, fireworks, and some live music and beer, maybe dancing, at Random event center in Boerne, Texas.

Tomorrow, another early walk, then take the rest of the day off!!!!

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