This morning the forecast was 30% chance of rain. Bob also checked the hourly forecast which showed 0% chance of rain during the time we would be walking. The walk was a "go."
As we drove northeast from San Antonio to Gruene (pronounced "green"), Texas, we had a couple of minor sprinkles. By the time we arrived 45 minutes later; no rain at all. Since I have no faith in the weather prognosticators, I brought my umbrella just in case. (Note: I also brought my sun hat and put on suntan lotion. You have to be prepared for anything in spring in Texas!)
Our Volksmarch today was sponsored by the New Braunfels-Marsch-und Wandergruppe club. When we arrived at Gruene Dance Hall, we signed up for the walk at the Start table, got our start cards, paid our $3 each, and headed out. Temperature when we started was 69 degrees and it was cloudy, but humid.
The Volksmarch started out through two neighborhoods, a quick walk on city streets, then took us out into the country. Wildflowers are still blooming.
|This is a very large, six-seat golf cart|
|Pink granite Texas yard decor|
|False Day Flower (Commelinantia anomala)|
|Gruene with Envy store|
|Firewheel or Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)|
|Blue-curls (Phacelia congesta) and some|
type of Gaillardia?
What on earth do you think is hanging on the winery sign below? We puzzled over it and wondered why it was hanging there. Is it a chupacabra, a large grilled lizard? Don't know.
|What is this thing?|
|Comal River looking upstream|
|Comal River - downstream|
|Love the Spanish moss!|
|Texas Hill Country in spring|
|Black swallowtail on thistle|
|Two dung beetles trying to go in opposite directions|
|They push the poo with their hind legs.|
|Herbertia (Herbertia lahue)|
|Slender stem bitterweed|
|Giant spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea)|
|Skeleton Plant (Lygodesmia texana)|
|These people like decorative metal work!|
|A few bluebonnets are still blooming|
|Beautiful home in a beautiful setting|
|Lots of deer were roaming around and sitting in yards|
|Mexican Hat flowers|
|The Gruene water tower as viewed |
from the Comal River
|Black swallowtail on lantana|
|River tubing companies line the riverbank: Gruene River Co.|
|The Rockin' R toobs|
|Our eyes were drawn to this classic Impala|
|Flood-damaged restaurant in Gruene|
|Comal River next to Bubba's Big Burgers|
|The river seemed to be flowing harder and faster than when |
we first crossed it 1-1/2 hours earlier.
By the time we returned to the Volksmarch Finish table at the Gruene Dance Hall, it was probably 78 degrees. The dance hall was hoppin' with a country western band playing.
After our walk we were very hungry so we had lunch at one of the restaurants up high above the river. Bob had a Fajita Salad and I had a Shrimp Oriental Salad. The salads were huge and very good. I couldn't finish mine. Bob did a pretty good job on his.
Today was date day for us, so when we finished lunch we saw the movie "Hologram for the King" starring Tom Hanks. The movie was quite different and when it ended, Bob said, "Hunh?" It had a lot to do with life changes and doing business in Saudi Arabia. I'd give it three stars.
"60 Minutes" was next on my agenda and we headed home. While I watched "60 Minutes," Bob went to work for one of his clients.
We had a great date today. Thank you, Bob!