WALKSFAR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKSFAR WALKSFAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Letterboxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676515 Yesterday we didn't do a volksmarch, but we did do a couple miles out letterboxing. We visited several locations including. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1572513818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197105115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1437902112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw this really cool trike and chatted with the rider for awhile. Unfortunately these babies sell for $2,000.00 <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:58:25 EST Center 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672141 Sunday morning we did a 10K in Center. This is where the Irish Castle is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117355695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is actually their old county courthouse. Much prettier than the new county courthouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947003703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Azaleas were very much in evidence here also. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478292126.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:21:03 EST Carthage in deep East Texas (10k) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670756 Cathage was home to the first Woman elected to the Texas Senate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185901403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is also the home of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. It started out as just a Tex Ritter Museum, but expanded to include all music greats from Texas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350027476.jpg">his <BR> <BR> We took time out and toured the Museum. I had forgotten that John Ritter of "Three's Comp... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:44:01 EST Purgatory Creek Park - San Marcos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665708 After doing the 10K on City streets we headed over to the Park to walk on our own. It seems most Volksmarchers don't appreciate Nature... First we stopped at Prospect Park and wandered it's well kept trails. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625025351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked out as far as the Compass in the ground before heading back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459515982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw lots of cactus and flowers. <... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:03:37 EST San Marcos 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665327 We had beautiful weather for todays walk in San Marcos. It was along the beautiful spring fed river with is waving Wild Rice plants. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620685767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The river is calm is spots but it also has a series of waterfalls that kayakers and tubers enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l917012153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes life is black and white. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:14:35 EST Luling 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659635 Most of the walks we do are Year Round Events that can be done at any time. Today was a Traditional Event with a start table and lots of other people out walking the route with us. This are some of our volksmarchers out on the trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1266346408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Luling had beautiful Wisteria in bloom too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413963729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Luling is famous for it's watermelon... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:34:16 EST Kingsville 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657289 Our last walk was in Kingsville and we had fog and misting rain so the pictures aren't very good. This is their courthouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1089333681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The walk took us over to the A&M Kingsville Campus. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81871840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are the Javelina's. Here is a statue. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886704698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This i... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:07:08 EST Corpus Christi 6K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657281 We drove on over to take a look at Corpus after walking in Sarita. Since we wanted to walk along the seawall anyway we signed up and got credit for doing it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718577555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Volksmarch took us to the water gardens. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136442590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We passed Selina's memorial <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1575231770.jpg"> <BR... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:51:32 EST Sarita 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657274 I thought the other towns where little, but Sarita doesn't even have a convenience store. No place to buy milk, bread or gas for your car. Now that's little. And it is the county seat. This is their impressive courthouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907519289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Right across the street is a Museum about the Kenedy Ranch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988210742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The only business we found was... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:41:32 EST Falfurrias 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657270 Day two we walked in Falfurrias another little town. Their courthouse was much nicer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172971821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> There school mascot is the Fighting Jersey's. LOL. I always thought Jerseys were tame milk cows. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185542747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They had several churches there. While not the largest one, this is the prettiest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:36:40 EST San Diego Texas 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657265 We went south for a four day weekend. Our first of 5 walks was in the little town of San Diego. This field of flowers is behind their civic center. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355319844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their courthouse was half pretty. The bottom half had an ugly rusty fire escape so I only took a picture of the top half. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1043973043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They had a very pretty Catholic Churc... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:30:32 EST Dallas 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648573 We went up and walked with the Dallas Trekkers in a residential district east of White Rock Lake. The street names were Irish and since Monday will be St. Patrick's Day it just seemed fitting. There wasn't much special about the area. We did a short section along the lake with good views. The people living in this house.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553002314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> have this nice view. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:15:47 EST Waco Wetlands 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647959 We went out and wandered around since we'd never been there. The information center was not open. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2056628227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We followed the road around the marshes for the most part. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258254936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We detoured a little bit to look at the bird watching huts. We spotted two, I don't think there were any more. This is a nice one but it needs repair. <BR> ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:25:03 EST Mrs Lee's Garden 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643169 We had sprinkles today as we meet at the barn on the property to register for the walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999956789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We headed out around the lake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530245020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We were warned that the flowers weren't at their best this year. After all there was a freeze just last weekend. But we saw lots of pretty blossoms in the sheltered areas. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:22:08 EST Goldthwaite 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637273 Goldthwaite is a nice little town on the north edge of the Texas Hill Country. It is our HWY 84 past Gatesville. It is the county seat of Mills County. Has a nice courthouse building. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114760752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's newspaper has been operating since 1894! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1287865255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It used to have a small lake, but it's gone now. I learned this from reading the h... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:55:50 EST Navasota 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631053 We went down to walk the Year Round Event in Navasota. It starts at this diner. After we finished walking we ate lunch here to show our appreciate for their hosting our walk box. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233531609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They have changed their mural. I liked the old one better. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86960608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lots of flowers blooming. Several yards had Jonquils. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:29:30 EST Rockport 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626605 It was foggy day but it was still nice and warm. Had a great walk. Here are my fog pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330552148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756197440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70644449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519876556.jpg"> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:05:31 EST Port LaVaca 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626164 Had a wonderful weekend down on the Gulf Coast. Our Saturday event was in Port Lavaca. We walked around town a little. This is Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689954325.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lighthouse moved here from Matagorda Bay in 1979. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028735924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the water views the best. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:50:13 EST Cottonbelt Trail - Waco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606642503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We started at the East end which is by the Waco landfill. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190652763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bridge over the Bosque River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88863456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> View of the Bosque River, you can see the sandbar so it is pretty shallow. We need rain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:29:52 EST A&M Campus and sourounding area 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l971138614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Construction hasn't really started yet to change the look of Kyle Field. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051862323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Underpass of Wellborn Street to keep the students safe from all that traffic. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686792341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Victory Eagle Statue in Cain Park <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:33:38 EST Belton 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605455 I snowed on Thursday and I was surprised to see snow still on the ground here. This is Confederate Park where the walk started. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405334481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The walk headed uptown past the Courthouse and we found this nature decorated Century Plant next to the Bell County Museum (old Carnegie Library). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l472821710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most of the walk was on city streets but ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:32:14 EST Tyler State Park 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599086 It was cold when we started and half the walk was on Park Roads (so not my favorite). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1582899482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed the second half when we headed into the woods. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604874056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Especially enjoy the challenge of exposed tree roots. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l227385689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was some smoo... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:14:09 EST Waco 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590661 It was a beautiful 70 degree day. We got to check out the progress of the new Baylor coliseum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890282298.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We crossed over the creek near the bear pits. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942038537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The bears were out showing off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407314769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:14:04 EST Duck Creek Trail 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582286 We went up to Richardson today to do this event with the Dallas Trekkers. It was a little cold and very windy, but we had a good time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l479113165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walk started at Huffhines Rec Center. The creek runs right outside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l89137504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People were there feeding the ducks, geese and sea gulls chunks of bread. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:31:07 EST 10K at Midnight in Fredericksburg, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19769443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First we partied. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l776202687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then when Midnight arrived we headed out to walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1387877155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw some cute decorations. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180494684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And lots of pretty lights. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:18:54 EST Salado 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574106 It was beautiful today. Hope everyone got outside to enjoy it. We did Salado which is still decorated for Christmas. There were angels like these scattered all over town. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518594892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We passed the gates of the historical stagecoach relay station. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105867905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went into the Sculpture Garden. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:10:37 EST Waco 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570634 Walked the new route for the 5K which will start in January. The new route goes by the Allbrittong House which is the home of Baylor Presidents. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2106139905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Past Old Main. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792693008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Past the Baylor Bear pits. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l842966332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And through the Hebrew Rest Cemetery.... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:02:47 EST Boerne 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565041 This is an annual event that I've done before they changed up the route this year. We followed Main Street for a ways passing this statue. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1579689242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We also passed the War Memorial this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598299464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They have build a hike/bike trail along Cibolo Creek. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1297994535.jpg">... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:59:51 EST A&M Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553736 Walked at College Station today. I've done lots of events there but saw some new things. It was an interesting walk that included Beer Cap Alley <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323245862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've never visited the Century Tree before either. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68342625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The statue of Beevo with his horns cut off has been replaced with this statue. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:55:40 EST Houston Herman Park 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552897 Got up this morning and walked off some of yesterdays feast. Walk started near the corner of Main and Holcombe. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629925446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked over to the golf course and circled it on this trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190045740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked through the golf course to the club house on this trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210975616... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:51:54 EST Red Bud Isle 10K Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543466 The walk started at the Redbud Center with this fantastic overlook of the dam. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974972470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we walked out to the end this is what we saw. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185377115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We then crossed the river and walked on Red Bud Isle. This is the Isle from the bridge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1701519636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As we w... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:51:24 EST Mineola Nature Preserve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536855 The walk was supposed to be a 10K but we got a little lost so I'm only taking credit for 8K. I know we missed one loop at least. The woods in East Texas were beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1838491662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They told us they had a feral hog problem. We saw signs of them rooting along the trail but didn't see any actual hogs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211451610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I liked this landscape pi... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:09:02 EST New Braunfels 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531696 Saturday we walked in New Braunfels in conjunction with their Wurstfest. The walk was residential to start and they have quite a deer problem. We counted 10 deer including this buck that came running down the street toward us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1422532897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Leaving the residential streets we did a nature trail called Panther Canyon. I was expecting it to be wet due to recent rains but it was nice and dry. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:08:01 EST Waring 11K Halloween Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524191 The Hill Country Volkssportsverein hosted two Halloween walks at Waring, an unincorporated community, eight miles southwest of Comfort, TX. Founded in 1887 the community was originally called Waringford. The name was changed to just Waring in 1901. <BR> <BR> The route I did was called “Big Joshua” and it follows a lightly traveled paved county road. We crossed Big Joshua Creek three times before returning to the start along the same county road. <BR> <BR> The walk started at the Volunt... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:12:23 EST Walking and Canoeing at Zuehl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518779 Zuehl is a little East of San Antonio on I-10. The walk started at Rio Cibolo Ranch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l901310650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From there we walked on country roads over to the Zuehl International Airport. LOL. The movie "The Great Waldo Pepper" starring Robert Redford was filmed here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l566964169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After the walk we did the Canoeing event on Cibolo Creek. We only di... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:25:00 EST San Angelo Water Lily Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515535 On our way home we stopped by the garden. Beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666402501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1351865124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024222597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678791445.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289712214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the hill above the water lily p... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:05:10 EST McCamey 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897187514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> McCamey is between Crane and Iraan and is west of San Angelo, so we saved it for last and plan on stopping in San Angelo on the way home. McCamey is on the flat but the buttes and mesas are visible in the distance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554915611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Above is the McCamey Garden Club, they need to invest some time in their own premises. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:36:52 EST Iraan 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514395 Day three was the longest distance to travel from Odessa, but it turned out to be the prettiest (gets my vote for "the best" out of the four events). Lovely chatty pregnant lady at the start and we had sprinkles! It was 73 and overcast with a nice wind. Great walking weather. It lays snuggled in a valley surrounded by hills. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1306519079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw this lovely rock house, although I must admit most of the housing was t... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:25:33 EST Kermit 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514345 Kermit is located north of Odessa. It has embraced Kermit the Frog by painting him on the water tower and naming a street after him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650223941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The residential area has nice wide tree lined streets. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1611621912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is the county seat of Winkler County named after Confederate Col. Winkler. There is a marker on the courthouse lawn. <BR> ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:15:20 EST Crane 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514106 Crane is a small town out in west Texas. It is the first of four days of walking events that we did. The walk started at a store that had this guy for sale. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262709592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our walk took us through the cemetery. Even small towns pay the price for our freedom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395577634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We passed a nice pocket park in downtown. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:01:31 EST 10K at Independence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505556 Located twelve miles northeast of Brenham, it was founded in 1824 as Coles' Settlement. John Prince Cole was one of Stephen F. Austin's original "Old 300"|. He arrived in the area in 1822 but didn't receive his Mexican Land Grant until 1824. Colesf Settlement was later renamed "Independence". It became a Baptist religious and educational center of the Republic of Texas. In 1846 it became the first site of Baylor University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 1854, Presid... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:22:52 EST 10K in San Antonio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499436 The Event was held at the Land Heritage Institute on the south side. We has 80 degree weather but it was humid and little breeze down in the trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380874706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The walk went by some Inca looking carvings and there were no explanations on how or why they were there. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051088644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177409192... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:26:21 EST Old Tunnel WMA 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492798 The 10K didn't actually go down to the tunnel and nature trail. The 10K was just on country roads. To see the tunnel and nature trail you had to do the 12K. We just did the 10K. We all started together at the Alamo Springs Café. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l284667863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you probably know the roads in the hillcountry are full of ups/downs and curves. Challenging walking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382566098... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:16:44 EST Austin 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486400 We walked in the Violet Crown section of Austin (West). Nice area with homes from the early 1950's. The Violet Crown Shopping Center was the first one built in Austin. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554653467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Liked this street (Arroyo Seco)the best. It was a divided street with lots of shade trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79212512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Labyrinth wasn't on the walk route but I detoured to do i... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:11:26 EST Nacogdoches 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480406 We headed out to East Texas on Saturday to Volksmarch. Most of the trail is along Nana Bayou. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553516746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nice entrance marker. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2041950084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trail along the bayou. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1148413486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bridge over the bayou leads under the weeping Cyprus arbor into Mize Azalea Garden whi... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:04:00 EST Enchanted Rock 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472947 Enchanted Rock is a huge pink granite dome that rises 425 feet above ground and covers 640 acres. It is the second largest batholith in the United States made up of a single intrusion. Most batholiths are made up of several intrusions and when combined are much larger than Enchanted Rock. Anyway, it is pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> The first part of the walk is a half mile climb to the top and then a hike back down. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065722162.jpg">... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:24:49 EST Georgetown 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465079 We started walking just as the sun was coming up. I liked the Masonic Hall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800370622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Soon the sun was up and the clouds turned into white puffs that did little to keep us cool. The walk took us to a small park called the Blue Hole. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713798803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From there the walk continued along the river on a paved hike/bike trail. <BR> <BR> <img ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:52:24 EST Navasota 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458461 René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, (1643–1687) was a French explorer who claimed many areas on the North American continent for France. He navigated the Mississippi River from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico in 1682. He returned to France to receive a royal commission to establish a French empire in the Southwest. La Salle left France in 1684 and sailed west, searching again for the mouth of the Mississippi River. He missed the Mississippi by 400 miles and landed on the Texas coas... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:29:35 EST Granbury 8K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452593 Walk registration is at the Hilton and the walk starts out along the lake on a nice boardwalk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462449102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked on city streets to reach a nice hike/bike trail with this fountain. We followed the hike/bike trail to it's end and then came back along city streets. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330487589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked along the courthouse square. I think the Hood Co... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:13:49 EST Waxahachie 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437064 We went up Saturday and walked in Waxahachie. We had great weather it was only in the 70s and it was overcast. We had a great time. Rather than repost pictures here, I'll just refer you to the pictures on my website. <BR> http://2013.walktx.org/Waxahachie Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:55:24 EST