Saturday, March 2, 2013

VolksMarch -- Sat., Mar.2

The Brook Hollow neighborhood of San Antonio was the choice for today's 10K (6.2 mile) Volksmarch. The skies were brilliant blue and no clouds to be seen. However, the pesky cold wind was blowing when we started at 1:00 p.m. Brr. I hadn't thought to take a sweater. I should have learned from Thursday's walk!

When we started walking, we were on a main thoroughfare so the wind whistled down the street. In a block, we turned off into a quieter, treed neighborhood, so the chill wind died down a bit. The day turned out to be great for walking.

Beautiful oak tree leafing out.
Prettiest mailbox we've seen on one of our walks.
Following is a photo I refer to as "redneck treehouse." It looks like someone chopped up a large metal container, threw in some chairs from an old bus or auto and voila...treehouse.

Redneck Treehouse.
Different sizes and styles of homes.
Huge oak tree!
Looks like a deciduous evergreen just leafing out.
Anyone know what kind of tree this is? The needles are just coming in as you can see above. Below is what the whole tree looks like.
Any thoughts on what kind of tree this is?
Crossvine, Trumpet Flower
Bignonia capreolata
Quiet neighborhood street.
If you'd like an airport out your back door, look no further than Twin Oaks Airport. The houses along this little airstrip have hangars and wind socks.

Twin Oaks Airport--private.
This is a runway, not a street.
The walk was pleasant. We enjoyed seeing the different styles of houses which were nicely kept up. Toward the end of the walk, we went through a park and past an education facility (we're guessing for schools as it was on middle school grounds).

Nice angular lines on this house.
Another beautiful home.

Mountain laurel in full bloom.
A quick walk through Blossom Park.
I wonder how Blossom Park got its name. There were no blossoms there today. 

Blossom Park.
Blossom Park trails.
Mill Springs Cabin educational site.  This is either on or immediately next to a middle school.

The sign below says, "Welcome to the Mill Springs Cabin, The Final Frontier in Educational Fun." Inside the fence are the cabin, an old general store, teepee, and livery stable.

The Mill Springs Cabin complex is adjacent to Omar N. Bradley Middle School. Bob asked me if I knew who Omar Bradley was. I told him the name sounded familiar, but I really didn't know. He had quite the military career which you can read about on Wikipedia. General Omar Bradley had the Bradley Tank named after him. In reading about him, I found this quote from him:
"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than about peace, more about killing than we know about living."

After the walk, we ate lunch at the coffee shop where the walk started. That was the extent of our Saturday. We thought about seeing a movie, but didn't have showtimes. The one theater we drove to on the way home did not have "Zero Dark Thirty" so we gave up and took it easy.

Bob finished reading "Texas," by James Michener, all 1,300+ pages of it. At the end of the book, there was a mention made of the artist Benini whose Sculpture Ranch we walked on last Saturday.

Tomorrow, we'll be in Austin for the day with Jim and Peri for the Kite Festival.

Travel Bug over and out.