Driving to the start point in downtown San Antonio, an ominous sky brooded over us. Black sky moodiness dared us to continue with our plans. The blue sucker hole drew us in, even though surrounding us through a 360-degree view were clouds in shades of black and grey.
After registering for the Volksmarch, we started our walk at 7:45 a.m. The temperature was pleasant and we walked at a good pace. As soon as we got to El Mercado, the sky started spitting at us, not enough to soak, just enough to let us know we better be prepared for the moody sky to shed some big crocodile tears.
|Immaculate Heart of Mary Church|
|El Mercado tile art.|
|More tile art at El Mercado.|
|El Mercado restaurant - reminds us of New Orleans.|
|El Mecado business.|
|Beautiful tile art.|
Children's Hospital Emergency Room - we needed a restroom!
|Stormy, moody sky.|
|San Francesco di Paola Church|
|Under the awning.|
|Ridin' the storm out.|
|Waterfall coming off the awning.|
|Storm drains were overflowing back up into the street.|
|The drains sucked down the water but not fast enough.|
|We had to cross this...got our feet and socks wet.|
|The intersection above was flooded.|
|Water up to bottom of body of car.|
|Domino's Pizza delivery vehicles - Smart.|
|Airstream re-purposed to sell cosmetics (in La Villita)|
Below is some more information on The Big Year birding competition. Bob found these when he searched for "the truth about The Big Year" on Google. We both enjoyed reading these two articles and thought you might enjoy them too.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Round Robin: "Birds, Birders, and Birding in The Big Year: What We Noticed."
Also see: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: "The Big Year: Our Movie Review."