San Antonio KOA 50th Anniversary

San Antonio KOA 50th Anniversary

So far this month, we have spent 12 nights camping at the San Antonio KOA spread over two  different stays.  We have stayed at this park enough lately that we are being moved further from the office and therefore to quieter campsites each time we are here.  For the second stay, we ended up in the furthest row of pull-throughs.

San Antonio KOA Holiday Last Row Campsite
San Antonio KOA Holiday Last Row Campsite

During our first stay, the park celebrated their 50 Year Anniversary.  It was quite the shindig for special invited guests and a great time for the rest of us who were just staying here.  The celebration climaxed with a loud and lengthy fireworks display.  The display was so loud, our dogs totally freaked.

November 3 Social Calendar At The San Antonio KOA
November 3 Social Calendar At The San Antonio KOA

One afternoon, emotions from Moving Out of San Antonio were running high and so both Linda and I decided we needed ice cream to sooth our souls.

Chubby Hubby - An Appropriate Name For The Ice Cream That Will Ultimately Ruin My Youthful Figure
Chubby Hubby – An Appropriate Name For The Ice Cream That Will Ultimately Ruin My Youthful Figure

In the KOA Office/Convenience Store, I found Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream.  This immediately became my favorite ice cream.  I’ve had it another two times since.

After the ice cream, I felt much better.

We were in the park over the Labor Day weekend.  I saw this Airstream and liked the appropriate patriotic festive bunting.

Appropriate Patriotic Labor Day Bunting on Airstream Trailer
Appropriate Patriotic Labor Day Bunting on Airstream Trailer

For the first time, I walked north on the Salado Creek Greenway far enough to have a better sense of where it went.   I walked north under the Gembler Road bridge.  The further north I passed Pletz County Park.  North of the park, the railroad tracks that we hear at night pass over the trail.

Railroad Tracks Crossing Salado Creek Greenway South of I-35
Railroad Tracks Crossing Salado Creek Greenway South of I-35

Just a bit further beyond the train trestle, I found Interstate 35 in all of its glory.

The Outer Road at I-35 North of Splashtown
The Outer Road at I-35 North of Splashtown

It is possible to go further north.  Not wanting to  cross the freeway outer roads with the dogs, this is where we turned around.

The next day, we walked south past the Willow Springs Golf Course.  At the San Antonio Police garage, the trail turns to the right going west along Houston Street.  Where the Salado Creek goes under the Houston Street Bridge, the trail turns left to follow the creek.

Houston Street Bridge Over The Salado Creek
Houston Street Bridge Over The Salado Creek

Under the bridge, we found this medallion.

Willow Springs Trailhead Salado Creek Greenway Medallion
Willow Springs Trailhead Salado Creek Greenway Medallion

At East Commerce Street Bridge, we turned around and headed back to the KOA.

Sun Sets Over The San Antonio KOA Office
Sun Sets Over The San Antonio KOA Office

In the mornings and evenings, I’ve been walking the dogs at twilight.  The sky has been gorgeous and at times has had some welcome surprises.  One morning, I saw this tremendously bright star.  Initially, I thought it had to be man made like a satellite.  I stared at it for a minute.  It didn’t move.  That is no satellite I thought.  I opened the Sky Guide app on my phone and held the phone up like I was looking through the phone to see the star.

Sky Guide App Identifies the Planet Venus
Sky Guide App Identifies the Planet Venus

The phone did a reasonably good job of photographing the star in the morning sky.

Venus In The Morning Sky
Venus In The Morning Sky

I still can’t get over how bright Venus was in the morning sky.

Hope to see you on the road ahead!

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