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|
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!|
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.|
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.
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