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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Volksmarch: Mission Concepcion to Blue Star Arts Complex - Mon., Feb. 29, 2016

Still going back in time, but now we're at the end of February. All the beautiful early spring bloomers are out.

For this walk, we drove to our start point of Mission Concepcion. After wandering around the mission grounds, we walked on surface streets to Concepcion Park where our route took us onto the Mission Reach of the River Walk. From there we followed the San Antonio River as it meandered north to the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Late February into early March is the prettiest time in San Antonio, in my opinion. The weather is perfect, flowers are blooming, and birds are starting to migrate through.

Mountain laurel in full bloom - very fragrant
Mountain laurel blooms close up
Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
Today is an out-and-back walk. Our turn-around is Blue Star Arts Complex which is an old industrial complex re-purposed into small art galleries, restaurants, a bicycle repair shop, and other enterprises. We love to eat lunch at Stella Public House, an upscale, artisanal pizza restaurant. We order individual pizzas with a small side salad. They're usually opening their doors just as we arrive.

Wallpaper at Stella Public House
Stella Public House 
On the way back, we spot a number of birds.

Little blue heron
Pied-billed grebe
Pied-billed grebe

Ring-necked duck
Ringed-neck duck
Red bud tree
Concepcion Park
And so we wound our way back to the car, through Concepcion Park, and called it a day. Nothing like a perfect spring day in South Texas.

Travel Bug out.

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