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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Crack! Splash! Measuring the Trail for a Volksmarch - Sunday, Nov. 16, 2015

Who would have thought that measuring the trail for a Volksmarch would be life-threatening? I met Susan on a Sunday morning to help her measure 10k and 6k walks for San Antonio Christmas Lights Evening Walk.

The walk will be Sunday night, December 6, starting at VFW Post 76, the oldest VFW post in Texas.


Below is VFW Post 76's Victorian-style house with Corinthian columns. The house was completed in 1904.

VFW Post 76, San Antonio, TX
We collected everything to start measuring the walk. It took Susan a minute or so to tighten up her measuring wheel. Then we took off on the Museum Reach of the River Walk. As we headed south toward downtown, we decided to cross over the dam and locks to walk on the opposite side of the river. One of the park police on a bicycle asked us if we were measuring for a walk, so we chatted with him for a few seconds, then continued on with the measuring wheel.

As we were walking along the River Walk heading toward El Tropicano Hotel, I saw a river barge heading toward us. I heard a big crack, and behind the barge was a huge splash in the water. It didn't register in my brain what might have caused it, but I knew there were no fish that big in the San Antonio River.

We walked about 100 feet and it immediately became apparent what had happened. A large tree branch broke off a tree and landed on the path right where we would have been if we hadn't stopped to adjust the measuring wheel and talk to the park police! It was our lucky day! The tree branch could have hit us or the family walking behind us with a baby in a stroller. Luckily no one was there when the branch fell on the path.

Susan and the parents of the family behind us started cleaning debris from the path to see if we could make it through. A police officer on the opposite bank yelled at them to stop. He didn't want to see anyone get hurt if the branch broke in more pieces.

We retraced our steps, crossed a bridge, and walked on the other side to get around the tree. Here are some photos of the tree and the rotted branch that fell. There was no wind, so it was just the rottenness of the branch that caused it to break off.

Branch that fell off tree.
Branch landed right where we would have been walking
The tree the branch fell off of
Where branch broke off -- rotten in middle
Quite a large tree!
We had a few people ask what we were doing, because Susan had the big measuring wheel and I had a clipboard with written directions for the walk. We made adjustments to the directions as we went along.

The 6k portion of the walk ended back at the VFW 76 Post, we then continued on the River Walk north toward the Pearl District. When we reached the Pearl, we found a crew putting Christmas lights on the trees. A long pole was used to throw strands of lights high up in the tree.

Putting Christmas lights on the trees.
Throwing lights onto the trees.
There are blue lights in this tree.
From the Pearl, we returned to the VFW Post, then had lunch at Taco Cabana.  We had a great time and thanked our lucky stars we weren't under the tree branch when it broke! You just never know what's going to happen in life. Life it to the fullest!

If you're in San Antonio on Sunday night, December 6, come to VFW Post 76 between 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to walk with us.

Travel Bug out.

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