Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Work Recap and Walk - Sat., May 18

San Antonio, Texas, is a vibrant city with many events, parks, greenways, nature preserves, museums, and missions. Our mission is to become involved or immersed in San Antonio while we have the pleasure of being here.

I love my new job at the Traveler's World Carefree RV Resort. Each day (I work two days per week) brings in someone from across the United States or Canada, in fact, from the world. I love that people are in vacation or travel mode; they are relaxed and don't mind if we're busy. (Well, most people anyway.) I can be doing anything from rolling quarters to sell for laundry machines, to answering phones (which usually includes making reservations), to straightening the shelves, to selling RV supplies and souvenirs, to opening or closing the office. Variety makes the day go by fast.

One day last week while I was working, Bob dropped off a tin of Dove Chocolate truffle hearts. OMG, delightful. I opened the box and put it on the counter so people coming in could have a treat. It didn't take long for those Dove truffles to disappear. I had three and my boss had a couple. Thank you, Bob! That was quite the gastronomic hit.

Today, Bob and I invited Kim to Volksmarch with us. She and I had chatted on a hike with San Antonio's Hill Country Hikers. Today the three of us walked in Comfort, Texas, an Antique Town. Bob and I did the walk a month ago. Since it is my favorite local Volksmarch, we invited Kim to go with us. She loved the walk too.

Our temperature in San Antonio is supposed to go up to 96 degrees today, so we met at 7:30 a.m. and carpooled to Comfort in the comfort of her Prius. We started out at 8:20 a.m. and finished at 10:25 a.m. before the high heat of day hit us.

Along the route, we passed historic markers on many buildings, the Treuer de Union monument, a large cemetery, residences, walked a road alongside Cypress Creek, past antique stores, farmland, and back into town. We appreciated the shade from the trees by the creek along the middle part of the walk and also a nice breeze when we were in farmland with no shade. Wildflowers are blooming as well. Just an all-around good walk.

Downtown Comfort, Texas
Hotel Faust - under renovation.
Rural town - here's the local feed and garden store.
Antelope horn - buds and blooms
Prickly pear cacti with beetle.
Cypress Creek, Comfort, Texas.
Cypress Creek
Alpacas (I think) - recently shorn.
Comfortable Comfort Pizza - the old filling station.
Now you can fill your tummy, hopefully not with gas!
One of the antique stores in downtown.
At the end of our two hours, we stopped at High's Cafe/bookstore/arts & crafts for breakfast or snacks. I had the Texas French toast and iced tea, Bob had a double chocolate brownie, and Kim had a bacon/onion scone with iced tea. Their iced tea was exceptionally good, very refreshing. I'm not sure what kind of tea they used, but we loved it. They provided lime, lemon and orange slices for your iced tea, as well as three different kinds of sugar, if you prefer it sweetened.

Bob, Kim and I had a good time...an excellent way to spend the morning.

After Kim dropped us back at our cars, Bob and I shopped at Costco. Bob headed off to work and I took the groceries home. This afternoon I plan to watch my Netflix selection, Miss Potter, a fanciful biopic of Beatrix Potter, children's author.

Bob is considering driving to Austin this afternoon to see his son, Randall, as his 38th birthday is tomorrow.

Tomorrow Bob and I are going with Hill Country Hikers to Inks Lake State Park, northwest of Austin. Joining this hiking group has been so much fun. Every week we see new places in Texas and walk with fun people who also enjoy hiking.

More tomorrow. Travel Bug out.


  1. Inks Lake is one of our favorite state parks! Have a wonderful time!

    1. Good to know. We're looking forward to it. If you're back here in the fall/winter, we can go again!

      We are still loving Texas, heat or not.

      Love following your adventures.

  2. Camped at Inks Lake late last summer. Lake level stays up even when others are way down.

    1. Inks Lake is so beautiful (see tomorrow's blog). We just keep discovering more things to love about this part of Texas.

  3. So glad you are enjoying your work...all those different things to do keeps you busy and I am sure the time flies by!

    I loved your walk in Comfort. The pictures are great....I especially liked the yellow wildflowers in front of the wooden fence.....so pretty!

    Enjoy Inks Lake.

  4. So glad you're enjoying my home state!

  5. Inks Lake is very nice. Glad you are enjoying the work.

  6. great pics. . .we also enjoyed our four months in San Antonio as the Activities Directors at Admiralty RV Park. My favorite thing. . .the public transportation. I could catch the bus one block from the park. . .have it take me straight to the RiverWalk. . .spend an entire day downtown on all the various shuttles. . .just great!

    1. The public transportation is great here. The bus picks up and drops off people right at Traveler's World. And it only costs $1.20 each way, add 15 cents if you want a transfer to use within two hours. Very convenient and cheap. Plus you don't have to deal with downtown traffic or look/pay for parking!

  7. Beautiful walk! Joining the Hill Country Hikers was a super idea...new friends and new hiking areas! Nothing better than a change of scenery.

    So glad to hear you are enjoying your new job. Two days a week is perfect in my book.

    1. Two days is good, but if they offer me more, I'll jump on it.


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