River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018

River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018
River Walk, downtown San Antonio, Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ride Like the Wind -- Thurs., July 5

San Antonio, Texas

Bob whisked off to work at 7:00 a.m. while I finished my sleep; woke up at 10:30 a.m. (This night owl goes to bed at 2:30 a.m.) After a shower, I washed out the kitty litter box, made it fresh and nice with new litter. Breakfast consisted of sweet Bing cherries, Cheerios and string cheese.

My priority today was to drive to Cotulla and pick up our mail. We moved to San Antonio so quickly two pieces of mail were left there. 

Bob said, "Why don't you call the post office and have them forward the mail." Duh. So that's what I did. Rocky at the Cotulla Post Office was very sweet, took down our new address and is forwarding our packages to us. Yay, Rocky!

That left me with a free day. Since "Marvel's The Avengers" isn't playing very many places, I decided to see it in downtown San Antonio. After reading reviews of the AMC Cinema at Riverwalk, it seems the parking is $8.00 and the movie is $4.00. Not on my watch. I decided to ride San Antonio's City Bus into downtown. The bus stop is directly across the street from the entrance to the RV Park. Cost of bus one way $1.10. Easy as can be.

I hopped the bus at 3:00 p.m., rode into downtown, walked from the bus stop to the mall, was 1/2 hour early for the movie. The theater is the old type put in malls in the 1980s: no stadium-riser seating, no rocking chairs. Oh well. The $4.00 worked for me. Snacks cost as much as the movie and round trip bus combined.

"The Avengers" was a good summertime romp with loads of superheros. Led by Nick Fury, Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, The Black Widow, Hawk, and a god, Thor, all try to stop Thor's evil step-brother, Loki, from taking over the earth with his alien henchmen. I had a couple of good laughs along the way. I also noticed a few similarities to the early Star Wars flicks. Bob would not care for this movie.

After the movie, I walked about 1/4 to 1/2 mile across downtown to catch my bus back to the RV Park and was home just a little after 7:00 p.m. Rain must have fallen while I was in the movie because all the way back to the RV park, the bus kept splashing through puddles sending water flying up into the air. I'm glad I wasn't walking along that route!

Bob stopped at Costco (as it's near his work) to pick up a few items on his way home.

When he walked in the door, he asked, "Do you want to go for a walk or a bike ride?" 

I said, "Yes, I'd like to after I eat my dinner." We had a nice green salad tossed with kidney beans, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, carrots, red cabbage and pecans. Bob had a slice of pizza at Costco, so I supplemented salad with hummus, salsa and chips.

After we ate, Bob unlocked the bikes and off we went to the Riverside Bike Path. Dusk is a good time to ride. The temperature has moderated a little. The bike path is up and down, not steep, but enough for a good workout. On the downhill runs, we rode like the wind. On the uphill slopes I rode winded. Good for me, though, I was stronger this time than last time we went out riding. I need to get in shape for hiking in Yellowstone. We rode as far as the old Lone Star Brewery. I'm guessing it was about 5-6 miles round trip.

Anyone know what kind of heron this is? I don't think it's a great blue.
Bob at Lone Star Brewery entrance to Riverwalk Trail.
It's really not this dark yet. My flash had a mind of its own.
Old power plant--no longer running.
A few nights ago when we were sitting on the patio chatting, I looked down and saw a creepy crawly advancing rapidly toward my foot or chair leg. 

"Bob," I said, "Look, it's a scorpion." 

That sucker was moving fast. I jumped out of the chair and squashed it with my sneaker. One flat scorpion. After that sitting out in the evening wasn't looking so enticing.

Tonight, I took Bowie out on my shoulder for a walk on the patio. He loves these little shoulder excursions, by the way. Sniffing, sniffing, turning, looking, curious kitty. If I take Sunnie out on my shoulder, he freaks and claws my neck or shoulder trying to get back in the 5er. He will, however, stand in the 5er (if he's on the floor), and step out onto the first step. Since I don't want him to bolt under the 5er, I usually shoo him back in.

Anyway, I digress, while I had Bowie out on the patio, I looked up at the underside of our awning. There was a spider (maybe two) up there. We moved out from under the awning. No need to be in the path of a spider if it decides to drop down now, is there? {{{{shivers}}}}
We made it back in the 5er spider free!!

As you may remember, I love Volkswalking! Turns out San Antonio has 14, count 'em, 14 Volkswalks and a couple of bike rides too. I told Bob we could do a Volkswalk a day until we leave for Yellowstone. (Realistically, we won't because he's working, but each weekend we can do two! More getting in shape for hiking in Yellowstone.) I'll post on those as we walk them.

That's all folks. Travel Bug out.


  1. I enjoyed the Avengers. Funny thing is, I paid $2.50 to see it here in Manila the 2nd day it came out.

    I envy your bike riding. Here, if I rode a bike it would be comparable to plating Russian Roulette with only one bullet...missing! lol

    I really hope you continue to enjoy Texas. I miss it.

    1. Jeremy,Califo
      Thanks for being a regular reader.

      $2.50 is pretty cheap. Most big movie theaters in the States are up to $8-$10 for a first run movie at night. Matinees are anywhere from $4-$7. I have no idea how much movies in L.A. and New York City run.

      The bike riding is great. Had a problem with swarms of gnats our first time out. This time I wore a surgical mask over my mouth and nose. Worked pretty well except uphill when I was huffing and puffing...had to pull it up to breathe deeply, but kept it so the bugs couldn't get in. I was afraid I was going to scare the children along the trail. LOL.

      We do love Texas. Tomorrow I may go out to the Fredericksburg area in search of fresh peaches. I'll check the internet for orchards or roadside stands first. Can't get enough fresh peaches...maybe I'll find some raspberries too.


  2. A surgical mask sounds like a great idea! I'm not much of a biker, but I'll remember that tip if we ever do encounter a similiar problem.


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