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Monday, August 25, 2014

Kerrville, Texas - Sat., Aug. 23, 2014

Happy birthday to my son, Michael, who is 35 today! Michael you are a delight to be around, very down-to-earth, funny, gentle, dependable, smart, eclectic, and logical. Bob and I have enjoyed watching you grow and become who you are today. I wish we lived closer so we could go out to celebrate with you.

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It's summer in Texas which means we've got to get up early to go outside for our exercise. Bob headed out to train with his San Antonio marathon group and ran four miles.

I met Susan at her house at 6:30 a.m. for a 66-mile drive to Kerrville, Texas for this morning's Volksmarch. Her son, Kyle, came with us. We started our 10K (6.2 mile) walk at Inn of the Hills at 8:05 a.m. The first part of our walk was along the Guadalupe River where we saw tennis courts, a pool, a park and a restaurant at the river's edge.

The first real point of interest was Riverside Nature Center with its xeriscaped grounds, Texas tallgrass prairie exhibit, and butterfly garden.

Xeriscape garden in Nature Center parking lot
Xeriscape plants like it dry and hot

A Native Garden, Native Plant Society of Texas
After a quick loop around the nature center, we entered the River Trail from the Nature Center parking lot. A stand of bamboo grew along the trail.

Bamboo along the River Trail in Kerrville
From the first pedestrian bridge, we had a lovely view of the Guadalupe River.

Guadalupe River
On our walk around Tranquility Island we saw a man feeding a squirrel. As soon as the squirrel took the food, it darted away to a rock where it posed with its food.

Squirrel with food racing away.
Here's the squirrel with breakfast.
Tranquility Island in the middle of the Guadalupe River is a beautiful place, lined with cypress trees. Since we were here two years ago, there is a new paved path across the island.

Old path and new path on Tranquility Island
Bark pattern on a Cypress tree
Guadalupe River with Tranquility Island on the left.
In the photo below Susan is pointing out cypress tree pine cones to her son, Kyle.

Agave (Century plant) in bloom behind Kerrville Library
Flowers in downtown planter
From Tranquility Island we climbed the stairs up to downtown Kerrville which has some beautiful historic buildings.

Captain Charles Schreiner's "home"
Detail of concrete work on the Schreiner home
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
We wanted to find the labyrinth at the church.  It was located in front of the arched entryway.

Susan walking the labyrinth
"Uh-oh, now where do I go?"
Beautiful zinnias
Rain lilies
Oldest family-owned barber shop in Texas
The rest of our walk zig-zagged through one of Kerrville's neighborhoods. We finished our walk in exactly two hours.

The three of us were hungry. We drove 1/2 block to our favorite fast food taco restaurant, Taco Casa. Bob and I love Taco Casa's tostadas. I had two regular tostadas and Susan had one super tostada. Kyled enjoyed his Chilada. It was as good as I remembered.

We drove back to San Antonio and I was home by noon. When Bob returned from his errands, we shopped at Men's Wearhouse, then had lunch at La Madeleine.

After lunch we went to see "A Most Wanted Man" with Philip Seymour Hoffmanand Rachel McAdams. Big lunch + dark movie theater = one snoozin' Susan. I slept through about the first third of the movie. Bob kept waking me up, but I didn't stay awake until I had missed most of the set up of the story. I definitely want to see it again so I can watch the rest of the movie.

All the best to you. Travel Bug out.


  1. Finally catching up on blogs. Still loving those pictures.

    1. Thanks, Susan. I see you're about to head to the California Coast. So happy to see you doing well. I bet you'll be thrilled when the hardware comes out of your shoulder/arm.

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