At 10:15 we started the 11K (6.8 mile) walk. The sky did not look threatening, just beautiful white puffy clouds and sun. However, we could tell it was going to be hot.
The thing we didn't count on was the crowd of people on San Antonio's main Riverwalk. Of course, we were walking there at noon on a Sunday. Throngs of people were shopping, eating, and taking the riverboat tours. That slowed us down quite a bit because there isn't much room to pass slow-moving gawkers on the Riverwalk.
Because we walked so late, the temperature and humidity were taking a toll on us. When we were most miserable, our walk entered the Rivercenter Mall food court. Being opportunists, we ordered a plate of Bourbon Chicken, rice, and mixed vegetables, found a table in the air conditioned food court, and had lunch. What a nice break.
|Summer snapdragon (Angelonia angustiflora)|
|San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio|
|Purple Heart Memorial, downtown San Antonio.|
|Lady Justice Fountain, Bexar County Courthouse forecourt.|
|Bexar County Courthouse, 1892|
|South Riverwalk dam.|
Some homes are being refurbished, like the one below. You can see how much wood needed to be replaced.
|Isn't this a beauty?|
|King William street - Bob and crape myrtle trees.|
|Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)|
|This squirrel was not afraid - he was at my feet.|
|Hemisphere Park - area to cool off. Bob enjoying the cold water.|
|Hemisphere Park San Antonio - Tower of the Americas|
|Hemisphere Park - 180 degrees of water features, base of Tower of the Americas.|
|Tower of the Americas from Institute of Texan Cultures.|
|Beautiful courtyard outside Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.|
|Tour boat on San Antonio River.|
|Art on Riverwalk|
|Visionworks' beautiful downtown building.|
|Can you believe the audacity of that pigeon?|
We finished our walk and headed home for showers. Bob napped while I downloaded photos.
At 4:00 p.m., we headed out to Random Event Venue for the owner's birthday celebration. Mary planned the event which included barbecued burgers and sausage, baked beans, chili, chips, cheese queso dip and assorted condiments. After dinner, a carrot cake birthday cake was served.
It was during dinner that the thunderstorm finally hit. Rain poured off the roof of the beer garden. A number of people ran out to help the musician bring all his gear into the building. He continued playing as if nothing had happened.
The kids loved the downpour. They ran out to play on the bouncy water slide, that is, until lightning flashed overhead and thunder clapped. The parents had those kids hightail it back under shelter. The storm lasted approximately a half hour. The temperature became much more pleasant and the humidity went away. We headed home at 8:00 p.m.
Other than the midday heat, we had a good day.
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