Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016
Ko Olina looking toward Nanakuli Head, Oahu, HI, December 5, 2016

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Walk the Talk and Talk about the Walks - Wed., Nov. 18, 2015

Walking is so much fun and good exercise too. I'm getting a little behind (wish I could say that about my derriere) on my walk blogs. It's time to tell you where we've been and what we've been doing.

Way back on September 9, Susan M. and I were going to do one of our favorite hot weather walks, Salado Creek starting at Lady Bird Johnson Trailhead. That trail has a lot of shade. The last time we walked the trail, big signs were posted telling trail users that the trail would be closed for repairs from September 8 to September 18.


We commented at the time we needed to remember that and not hike the trail during that time. As you have guessed by now, we met at the park and found the trail closed. Luckily, there is a trail that goes north to McAllister Park that wasn't closed, so we went that direction where there is almost no shade. It was early enough in the day and there was enough of a breeze to make the walk tolerable. We were able to get in our 10k walk. The McAllister Park portion of the walk took us past a huge off-leash dog area. We got a few photos to prove we were there.

Susan M. checking the map
Park is named after Walter Williams McAllister, Sr.
Part of the path we walked
Proof we were here.
On Sunday, November 1, Bob and I met Susan M. in Waring, Texas, for the Hill Country Volkssportverein club's Halloween walk. It was a lovely day for a walk - cool, crisp and clear. The Guadalupe River was looking especially beautiful, flowing full after all the recent rains.  Our route took us along country roads, through a pasture and around the little town of Waring, Texas.

Waring General Store

Waring School House, west wing built in 1891.
Guadalupe River outside Waring, Texas
Susan M. and Bob - country road
Local ranch
Volksmarchers (walkers)
More Volksmarchers
After this walk, the three of us headed to Boerne for lunch at the Dog and Pony Pub. We ate out on the patio as the inside was freezing because their air conditioner was cranked down so low! We loved our meals. The Dog and Pony has parking for a Smart car and lots of motorcycle parking.

Looks like someone in a big car tried to park here.

On Sunday, November 8, Susan and Darren M., Bob and I did the New Braunfels Wurstfest Walk. It was a perfect fall day for walking. Our $3 walk fee provided each of us with a $10 ticket to the Wurstfest, New Braunfels' authentic Oktoberfest-like celebration. The walk took us through neighborhoods, historic downtown New Braunfels and along the Comal River which was still pretty high from the rains we had. It was a fun day.

Comal River
Cool Halloween decor at this house
Same house, more decorations
Loved this row of trees!
Morning glories glorying in the morning sunshine
This, my friends, is a gigantic magnolia tree.
New Braunfels Academy - 1858
Beautiful architecture
Our walk checkpoint and restroom stop
The following two signs are on display at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum (double-click to enlarge):
Hobo Vocabulary
Hobo Signs and Sybols
Newly renovated Comal County Courthouse
Photo in a fish-eye mirror...
Bob (left); Darren (back); me (right); Susan M. (front)
Comal River from a bridge
A lovely view of the Comal River
Our walk started and ended at the employee cafeteria for the Schlitterbahn, Texans' favorite waterpark. This is the one in New Braunfels, but there are others scattered around Texas.


After we finished the walk and had our books stamped, we took a shuttle to the Wurstfest and spent the next couple of hours eating, watching people, listening to music and shopping.

The Giant Man

Very high flow of water coming down the Comal River

Bob waving to the rest of us.
One of the traditions of Wurstfest is the wearing of outrageous hats. We didn't have any, but it was fun to look at the ones who did. We saw chickens in a nest hats, hot dog hats, and many other crazy headpieces.




Sign vendor...fun stuff!
German Christmas Market (items from Germany)
Bob needs one of these signs.
If you're interested in Wurstfest history, double click.
Thanks for hanging out with us. 

Now the blogs are caught up on walks until last weekend. More blogs to follow.

Have a great weekend.

Travel Bug out.






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