San Antonio by bus and foot – Part 2: downtown on foot

San Antonio really has a beautiful downtown.  It’s not big; it’s pretty easy for most people to walk from one end to the other in under 30 minutes.  And that includes stop lights.  This and its iconic attractions add up to why this town is a huge tourist destination. In fact, we have a couple … More San Antonio by bus and foot – Part 2: downtown on foot

#SolarEclipse2017 ~ an indirect experience off the beaten path of totality

OK, we’re now here on the other side of the US 2017 Solar Eclipse that cut a swath of midday twilight across the country. I’m reminded of the line(s)/concept in the movie “Ladyhawke” when the drunk monk said that an otherwise lifelong curse could be broken during “a night without a day and a day … More #SolarEclipse2017 ~ an indirect experience off the beaten path of totality

San Antonio has drug cartel activity…but covers it up

We hadn’t been here long.  (Maybe a year?  A year and a half?  It was less than 2 years, because we were still in the old neighborhood–that much I know.) My partner went walking amongst the houses a few blocks from our “apartment row”.  While he was gone, I heard sirens.  Lots of them.  Waves … More San Antonio has drug cartel activity…but covers it up

Waking the ghost 

The San Antonio Mission Trail is one of those no-brainer must-dos on every Texan’s Bucket List.  The Alamo is just the head of an entire trail that includes 4 other Missions. I didn’t end up embarking on such a trail until I had long since reached adulthood.  We got our start a little too late … More Waking the ghost 

Chiggers!

I went to sleep Friday night knowing that I had gotten bitten.  Itchy little bumps had formed on my legs, just below the kneecap.  I scratched, as usual, and said to myself, “aw, hell.” But I put it out of my mind and didn’t give it another thought. I woke up yesterday morning in physical … More Chiggers!

Don’t be that guy: Tourist season edition

Fiesta San Antonio, our annual 11-day arts-crafts-and-music-that’s-really-an-excuse-to-get-tanked hoedown begins this Friday, and by the time I’d been back here long enough to prepare to attend, I had also already learned enough about it to decide I didn’t want to. As it turns out, it’s relatively overrated anyway.  It’s one of the few times all year … More Don’t be that guy: Tourist season edition