Friday: June 22, 2018
The past several days have been filled with walking, relaxing, and hanging out with some friends.
On Friday we headed down town to get some exercise and enjoy the River Walk which is probably the second most visited place in the city. I really enjoy the riverwalk because the environment around it changes so much. For example, you can enter the river walk from a large mall downtown and walk for several blocks below the city level and admire all the hotels, cafés, and restaurants that extend out into the walkway. A lot of the employees stand near the path to try to get you to enter their establishments for a quick drink. I have to admit, with the heat, it is really tempting to stop at a lot of them. In addition, there are also shops that pepper the path where one can pick up souvenirs or clothing. Going a little further down the path away from the city center, the River Walk opens up quite a bit. The stores disappear, and it becomes a pleasant walk where you can lose yourself among the trees or the beautiful tile art that can be found under each overpass. If you really go far outside of the city, the San Antonio river follows a series of missions that are no longer in use, but have a significant amount of history and are worth a visit and definitely a treasure here in S.A.
Several years ago, Alisa and I set out to complete the mission trail along the San Antonio River. At that time we were doing a lot of hiking in Oregon, and we thought this trail would not give us any problems. However, we were not able to get more than two miles or so before finishing off our 100 oz camel pak and nearly passing out of heat exhaustion. Eventually we had to solicit the help of a park ranger to drive us back to our car. I have the account recorded in an older blog post called Mission Improbable from 2014.
After taking a short break for some fajitas, we decided to head back to the city center and make our way to the Tower of the Americas. This tower is what gives the cityscape of San Antonio it’s most iconic characteristic. The tower stands around 750 feet high and was construction in 1986 for the Worlds Fair. This was my third time visiting the tower, and it was a lot of fun. It was amazing to see how much the city has changed since I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1997. While in the tower, we walk around the observatory and decided to record a quick vlog entry. I am not sure when I am going to work on that entry, because we don’t have quite enough to work with.
Saturday: June 23, 2018
The walk and the visit to the Tower, took up most of the morning and the afternoon. When we got back to my brother’s house, we were pretty much done for the day. We didn’t realize how much the sun had affected us until the next day. I had to wake up at 4:30am because my brother decided to visit his wife in San Fransisco. She has been gone the entire time we have been visiting because her new employer is training her. It’s sad that we have not gotten a chance to see her, but we know that work is important, and sometimes it can be hard to change work related plans. After dropping my brother off, I came back home and passed out. Alisa and I were so exhausted that we took several naps throughout the day and eventually went to bed much earlier that had done previously.
Sunday: June 24, 2018
We woke up early today and headed down to a church called The Springs because my father Mario was giving a message and my cousin Jenny wanted me to meet my first cousin once removed for the first time. The message was good and I have to say that I am pretty happy to see that he has gotten a lot more comfortable talking in front of a crowd. I know that my mother would be excited to see how far he has come. I also think it was something that she really wanted him to do especially before she passed away in 2016. My new first cousin once removed is really cute. I really like meeting little people and she was no exception. We got the chance to catch up with Jenny and talk about what we are up to these days and exchange other pleasantries.
Later that day we met up with some old friends Chris and Angela. We have a new tradition that just started today. We met them and their kids at a theater called Silverado 16, and we saw the new Jurassic World movie. Once the movie was over, one of their kids, the youngest I think, said that this was the second Jurassic world we have seen together and that we would have to come back for the third to see it with them. The kid has a point, and we love to travel. I guess we are going to return to Texas for the next Jurassic World movie. The movie was okay. It was full of action and the acting was great. The story was so-so and there was something really questionable and irresponsable that happened at the end of the film that I didn’t care for. But I suppose it sets up the next movie. All in all, I don’t expect a Gone With the Wind timeless story when I go see a movie with the word Jurassic in the title. I saw dinosaurs, dinosaurs eating other dinosaurs, dinosaurs eating people, dinosaurs running from other dinosaurs and/or people, things exploding, exploding dinosaurs, or whatever combination you would like to imagine. With that said, how could I not enjoy it? You are never too old for a good old fashioned dinosaur battle.