All the stars aligned correctly today, the weather cooperated nicely, and this is the first time I've walked Pearsall Park. My BFF Susan Medlin was nowhere to be found. She has been off gallivanting across the U.S. as much as we have lately! We saw each other for one day in between our last trips.
When you do a Volksmarch, you never walk completely alone. Along the way, you run into long-time friends and exchange hellos. That was the case today.
This walk is a mix of open hillsides, Texas scrub forest, Lackland Air Force Base/ JBSA and park views, and hilly and flat terrain--more of the former than the latter. A portion of the Leon Creek Greenway Trail passes through the park. The park has an adventure course (think American-Ninja-Warrior style), basketball courts, soccer fields, skateboard park, a disk golf course, miles of trails, multiple playgrounds, a dog park, and a splash pad play area for kids that is amazing. (However, the splash pad is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.)
Today's 10k walk was a combination of two 5ks. First, you walk the trail in one direction for 5k. Then you reverse course and do the 5k in the opposite direction. That way we got to see all the walkers more than once as we passed.
|Pearsall Park Trail through the woods.|
|Part of the adventure course.|
|Lots of open areas (no shade at all).|
|Spooky tree in the woods.|
The family below and I crossed paths many times. Their little boy had so much energy and a delightful, playful personality. I marveled at him every time we passed.
|A spot of fall color |
along Leon Creek
The trail went up and up and up at one point. Overall, though, the whole walk was up and down the hills at the park.
|This was a particularly long uphill hike.|
|Thank you to our checkpoint volunteers! |
Happy faces at the top of a long hill.
I don't know who was ahead of me going up these hills, but he kept up a good pace. I couldn't catch him to tell him how impressed I was.
|He was bookin' it up these hills.|
|Lackland Air Force Base.|
|Two play structures on top of a hill.|
|Trail Watch Volunteers from Parks & Rec.|
|Joe and Susan Noonan, Martin, and ?|
|The skate park.|
|Wayne Henry working on 15k.|
|These ladies zipped up the longest hill!|
|Serious retaining walls on |
Leon Creek Greenway Trail.
|Susan, Joe, and Martin on the |
Leon Creek Greenway Trail.
|Don't get lost!|
This walk was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the ups and downs and felt at the end of it that I really got my exercise in for the day. Thank you, Randolph Roadrunners, for keeping the walks interesting.
|Bob unpacked and laid out all the pieces.|
This morning Bob organized everything so it was ready for Dennis and Tom. They had Bob put in all the flooring screws.
|The building crew.|
|Parts and pieces all lined up.|
|More parts and pieces.|
This is very exciting. Thank you, Dennis and Tom. Also, thank you, Norma, for the breakfast tacos. Mmm! I'm going to bake something good tomorrow!