I made a pancake and fried egg breakfast to fortify us for 12K (7.2 miles). Our Volksmarch started at Mission San Jose Visitor Center. We started the walk at 2:30 p.m. and finished in two hours, 15 minutes.
Even though we've visited Mission San Jose a couple of times before, we again walked around the mission grounds, back to the grist mill and finished walking around the interior of the mission walls. Then we headed out front past the Visitor Center and walked along streets until we came to an entrance of the Mission Reach Riverwalk.
|Mission San Jose Convento.|
|One of the gates at the mission.|
|Close-up of the new smile.|
|Front door of the mission church.|
|National Park Visitor Center.|
|We walked past this large park along the river.|
|The grasses on the right side of the road are bamboo.|
|El Charro Stadium.|
|This must be the Spanish-speaking chapter.|
As usual when we do our Riverwalks, we saw lots of birds and even found a turtle on a rock in the middle of the river.
|Path is well used by bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skaters and skateboarders.|
|Great egret in flight.|
|Roosevelt Ave. bridge next to our RV park.|
|Great egret checking me out.|
|Roosevelt Ave. bridge.|
|Double take--double-crested cormorants.|
|Single, double-crested cormorant. Look at those big webbed feet!|
|American widgeon. A few of these were on the river today.|
|Spiny softshell turtle.|
I went into the National Park Service office and asked the ranger. Her response, "I have no idea what they're doing. I'm waiting for law enforcement to get here to find out." Okay, then. Moral of this story: Don't go film-making on national park property without getting permission from them first.
From Mission Concepcion we retraced our steps along the Riverwalk all the way back to Mission San Jose. It was a lovely day for a walk. The temperature was a pleasant, non-muggy, 74 degrees with a light breeze from time to time. There was cloud cover all afternoon.
|Travelers Word RV Park from Riverwalk.|
|Non-native Egyptian geese.|
Update: Karen correctly identified the above "ducks" as non-native Egyptian geese. They are very distinctive and apparently don't interfere with native species. See this article.
We finished our walk a little before 5:00 p.m. and headed to Taqueria Guadalajara for dinner. It is right across the street from our RV park, reasonably priced and has good food. Our favorite is #27, enchiladas verdes made with chicken. Mmmmm. We were hungry after 7.2 miles and cleaned our plates.
|Inside the restaurant--back room.|
|Looking across the street from the restaurant to the RV park.|
Tonight I watched 60 Minutes and Bob went to get a haircut. We were hoping Amazing Race was going to be on, but The Grammy's were on instead. Amazing Race starts next week.
Good night. Travel Bug out.