As we exited Building M, we saw a course set up in the parking lot to teach motorcyclists driving safety skills. No one was there to take the course yet.
|Motorcycle Safety Skills Course|
The area in which we started our walk seemed to be education central. As we were driving to the start, we passed an elementary school, a "freshman" school, and a high school, all within three-plus blocks of each other. Then, as soon as we walked out of the grounds of Sul Ross University ~ Rio Grande Collge, we went past Southwest Texas Junior College. I remarked to Susan that you could do your education for your whole life within those three-plus blocks!
Our walk ended up being uninspired. It was basically an out and back walk along a busy street next to a floodplain. My photo taking was limited to long views of grass, a couple of parks, and some trees. So I searched for interesting items to photograph: butterflies and birds (they don't stay still for long), flowers, flowering weeds, signs, you name it. (Surely, there had to be somewhere in Del Rio that was more entertaining than that. We found a more interesting place for a walk, but more on that later.)
The roadside sign below is obviously put up by a very organized group. They have very specific dates for their events.
|Love this sign|
|A long view of the busy road (left) and|
the floodplain (right)
|Black swallowtail butterfly|
|Tuna or chicken, and a fancy brand of cat food|
The cats stayed away from us, but I was able to photograph three of them.
|The prettiest of the batch|
|Definitely curious about us|
|But turned tail and headed away|
|Yellow prickly poppy|
|Yellow prickly poppy|
|Tubular weed or wildflower,|
not sure which.
|More floodplain views from a dirt road|
|Another Great Kiskadee|
|Boy Scout Troop 255 clubhouse and park|
|More friendly walkers|
|Great branch structure|
|Christie, Dee, and Andy heading out|
|Southwest Texas Junior College Campus|
|Priscilla waiting for Heinz|
|San Felipe Lions Park|
|Susan Medlin photographing the dam|
|Part of the Mayor Dora Alcala Hike & Bike Trail|
|I want to spend more time here!|
|A local denizen|
|Swimming area access, I think|
|Mayor Dora Alcala Hike and Bike Trail|
This park is a great find. I think there are other parks in Del Rio with public access to this great water source. It would be fun to make another trip and spend a weekend in the area. There's also a National Wildlife Refuge nearby.
As usual, after walking and exploring, we were hungry. We started out looking for a good Mexican restaurant, but Susan's GPS found an Italian restaurant where there apparently used to be a Mexican restaurant. Scratch that one. We continued driving and across the street was Jitra Thai Cuisine. We unanimously and spontaneously decided to go there. Good choice!
They had a lunch buffet which, when you're hungry, is wonderful. The food was excellent with a good selection, the service was very good, and they had a nature channel or video playing that we enjoyed watching while we ate.
|Good food selection|
|Salads and desserts|
We skipped dinner because we had such a large lunch, and opted to have popcorn instead. We got the refillable large tub.
"Red Sparrow" gets a 5-out-of-5-star review from me. Be forewarned, it has quite a bit of heavy swearing, full frontal nudity, sex, and gory violence (torture-you'll want to cover your eyes). The story, however, is riveting. Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job portraying a Russian spy, known as a sparrow. Her mother, in a mother-daughter moment when she finds out what her daughter is becoming, tells her daughter the agency will want to own her, but she should always hold back a piece of herself, and not completely succumb. There are twists and turns, and you're never quite sure what will end up happening. Wow.
Tomorrow, we are off to do a 10k hike in Kickapoo Caverns State Park, north of Brackettville, Texas. We're looking forward to getting out in nature again.
Bob, on the other hand, will be running a marathon in San Antonio tomorrow. Good luck, Bob.
Good night all.