Cafe on the Bay, Chesapeake City, Maryland - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cafe on the Bay, Chesapeake City, Maryland - Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Cafe on the Bay, Chesapeake City, Maryland - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Texas Trail Roundup - Saturday, February 23, 2019

For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in preparations for the Texas Trail Roundup (TTR), a three-day walking event in San Antonio, Texas. We have a cadre of volunteers who are working hard to provide a good experience to walkers from the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and I'm not sure of the other countries. 

This is the third year we've hosted the TTR. Our goal is to be admitted into the IML (International Marching League), a cousin to Volkssporting. This is the year we will find out if we meet all the criteria to be a world-class walking city for the IML. If we pass with flying colors, in future years IML walkers from all over the world will come to walk with us. There could be upward of 200-400 IML walkers joining us. How exciting!

Through my blog, you'll see just one person's TTR experience. Hopefully, you all will post about your experiences and share your photos. I see some of you have already done that on the TTR Facebook page. Thumbs up to you.

Last week, Susan Medlin and I checked the 5k walk to make sure it was the right distance. On Thursday afternoon this week, I marked Friday morning's 5k walk. Luckily, there were no new construction projects or detours. It took me three hours to put up 62 arrows and a few streamers. Downtown walking sure has a lot of turns!

I learned that the traffic light poles onto which I affixed the arrows are quite big around. In order to put up the arrows with shrink wrap, I had to hug the poles tightly. It was an interesting task. Sometimes I had to ask tourists or workers to help me get the first round of shrink wrap around the arrow on the pole. (Bob said when he did his light poles, he used his forehead to hold on the arrow while he used both arms to put the shrink wrap on. That bright idea never occurred to me.)
San Pedro Culture Park extension.
(The new Frost Bank Tower is on the left.)
One large, new construction project going on in downtown (which didn't affect our route) is an expansion of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. I took a photo of it while I was marking the trail, and in 2020 I can take a comparative photo from the same place to see the difference when it's completed.

On Friday around noon, I took all the 5k markings down. No one had tampered with them and I recovered all the arrows. It only took me 1-1/2 hours to remove them. 

The TTR opening ceremony was well underway by the time I tried to sneak in the door. The room was packed and spilling over into the hallway. We had a few speakers (who I missed), and then a high school cheer squad and drum corps infused our group with their energy. It was a good send-off!


Cheer squad.
One of the drummers.

A very full room!

Saturday morning at 6:30, I was a greeter and pointed people in the right direction to sign in. 



The marathon and half-marathon walkers were heading out early so they could finish by 5:00 p.m. The half-marathon (21k/13 miles) walkers were bused to the start point at Mission Espada and they will walk back to the Holiday Inn. The marathon walkers started at the Holiday Inn and walked to Mission Espada and back. 

After the greeter gig, Bob and I walked the 5k though King William Historic District, to the Guenther House, and then through the Blue Star Arts Complex. It was a fantastic day for walking with a temperature in the high 60s/low 70s. A nice breeze kept us from overheating as we walked.

Here are photos of the King William Historic District...



Fancy birdhouse in someone's yard.
Riverwalk Architect Robert H. H. Hugman's home is in King William Historic District. He saved the San Antonio River from being paved over when he proposed an urban park with shops, restaurants, and apartments, along with a path along the river. The rest, as they say, is history. But there's more to the story. Apparently, Hugman was not an easy man to get along with. The city ended up giving the contract to someone else. Look up the history for more in-depth information.


Architect Robert H. H. Hugman's home.
The plant below made me do a double-take. I'm pretty sure it's a poinsettia. It's growing as big here as they grow in Hawaii!


Poinsettia.
Mountain laurel.
Below is a portion of the Riverwalk that goes past The Guenther House, which is a great place for breakfast or lunch (no dinner). The restaurant is located in a historic home that was part of the family who owned the Pioneer Flour Mill. Let's just say that the crepes, waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and strudel are excellent. If you don't want to eat a meal there, you can go into the basement of the house and shop at the bakery. On the second floor is a gift shop with kitchen items and flour products: pancake mix, etc.
The Riverwalk.

A block-long mural on South Alamo Street
near the Blue Star Arts Complex.
More of the above mural.
See below for a photo of the dam by the Blue Star Arts Complex.


The San Antonio River behind the dam.
 Yesterday, Bob Alton and Jim Tree marked the marathon route for today on foot. This afternoon they are taking the markings down. Those guys are real troopers. Susan and Darren Medlin marked the 21k route yesterday and used bikes to do it. Darren cleared the 21k route this afternoon, while Susan marked the 21k for Sunday. I am in awe of the people with that much energy! And, we have other volunteers marking and clearing the 5k and 13k trails Saturday and Sunday as well.

Tonight is the Mixer at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. We will have what I believe are called "heavy hors d'oeuvres." That means you can make a meal out of what's offered, things like meatballs. Sounds good to me. I bet everyone's going to be very hungry after all this walking.

Tomorrow, I will be a greeter again from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Then Angie and Bob from Traveler's World RV Resort are joining me for a 5k walk downtown. I'm looking forward to walking with them.

Thank you to Susan & Darren Medlin, John & Susan Ives, Ellen Ott, Pat Gunter, Pat Roberts, Heinz & Priscilla Johnson, Gerry Kamicka, Jim Tree, Bob Alton, David Prewitt, Mike and Kathy Schwencke, Joe & Susan Noonan, Joanne Forinash, Herb Laing, Erin Grosso, Wayne Henry, Mike Jones, Caryl Swann, Tony & Nancy Paulsen, Diana Battan, Linda Goodman, Karen Winkle, Cindi Myers, Samanta Sanchez, Gary & Marietta Pritchard, Andy Thomas, Deanna Repp, Marian DeVaul, Mike Hermes, Jack Magness, Laurie Stiteler, Kim Fluke & spouse, Ed Roberson, Maggie Riggs, Robin Fennell, Reuben & Marta Knape, Jill Troyer, Sheri Logan, Nan Camino, Dee Hoedecke, Carol Obianwu, Nellie Aguirre, Carol Talpey, Dora Pfledging, Dave Sheppard, Deborah Carter, Helen Hull, Robert Theiss, Derrill Rothermich, Donnie King, and anyone I may have inadvertently missed. You are all part of the team that keeps things running smoothly like a Swiss timepiece. The Texas Trail Roundup appreciates all the hard work and effort you have donated to the event! Bravo/brava.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My Apologies - Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In looking back at my blog, I notice I haven't posted since December. Yikes! Where does the time go? To be accurate, two blogs were started, but are still drafts. 

Yes, we have been on a couple of trips. And, yes, they were fun, educational, and exciting. 

However, with Bob taking a break from work, we're planning an epic trip. That has taken my time away from blogging. But, oh, the places we'll see! Life is good.

In January, I went from blonde to brunette/reddish brown. I took this step so I wouldn't have to spend a lot of money getting my hair color done on vacation. Bob and I are still getting used to it. 

The 'gator bench got me in West Monroe, LA!
Blogging is still important to me and I have to catch up. It will be like writing a novel.

If you follow me on Google+ or write comments on my blog from Google+, you won't be able to do that anymore because Google+ is going away. You will need to go directly to my blog at https://travelbug-susan.blogspot.com to comment. I think this is set to happen in April. Google said not enough individuals use Google+ and there were security concerns. They will keep Google+ for business, however. All Google+ accounts will be deleted.

I will not be writing my old blogs in any particular order, just as the muse strikes. The blogs will be in chronological order in blogger, though. You can find all my old blogs going back to 2011 in the right-hand column of my blog.

So just a few notes about what's been going on and what to expect. Our plan is to go to the Escapees Escapades RV Rally in Tucson in March, visit relatives in Phoenix, and then head out to the Northeast. "On the way there," we will go to Hot Springs, Arkansas; Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia, and surrounds; Dover, Delaware; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Hershey, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; New York City, West Point, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Albany, New York -- at that point we'll be in upstate New York and exploring the Northeast.

Two conventions will fall into our timeline and were the catalyst that started this whole adventure:

  • In June, we will go the American Volkssport Association (AVA) convention in Albany, New York. That is the walking club I belong to. They will have ten pre-convention, convention, and post-convention walks over the course of eight days from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Buffalo, New York.
  • In October, Washington, D.C. will again host the International Marching League convention (a sister to the AVA). Susan Medlin and I went to this in 2018. Now I can share it with Bob.
In addition, we're hoping to time fall colors right starting in Maine and working our way south. There will also be a few 5k/10k Appalachian Trail walks as well. 

We're hoping this trip exceeds our 2014 vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for fall colors. Both of us are so excited to get started.

This should be the start of many more blogs. Enjoy your day.