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Kayaking on the Mission River Reach

As a Southtown resident, I have been able to readily take advantage of jogging and bicycling along the Mission River Reach.  It is just across the street! Toby and Roxy love trotting along the trails and making friends with other four legged pooches.  One of the things that I have been wanting to do is kayaking! For months, I have seen groups in the early morning unload their kayaks and paddle away in the San Antonio River.  This looks like it would be such a fun mini-adventure so close to home! This past weekend, I finally decided to actually stop dreaming about it and actually look into how I could join in on the fun.

The San Antonio Mission Reach
The San Antonio Mission Reach

A quick Google search led me to Mission Kayak. I saw there was an hourly option and several “group tours” you could choose from.  As a first timer, I was pretty nervous about falling out and not be able to complete the entire trek. After speaking to one of the owners and conveying my worries, I was convinced that the shortest tour, a 2 mile tour, would be ideal for our beginner group.  Our kayak trip ended up costing $30 a person and included the kayak rental, a life vest and shuttle to the launch area. The tours ranged from $30 to $50. Mission Kayak’s meeting spot is at Espada Park and the shuttle will drop you off at your launch site.

One of the chutes
One of the chutes

To our pleasant surprise, no one in the group fell in! I have had a few people express similar concerns and I think you can be rest assured. The kayak on the calm river seemed pretty hard to turn over. I think you would have had to lean all the way to the side and purposely flip yourself over.  In all honesty, the only “difficult” part seemed to be getting in and out of the kayak. During our adventure we discovered there were 3 chutes in the 2 mile route that added some excitement. They were pretty shallow and narrow so again, I would say it would seem difficult to fall out.

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We survived our first kayak adventure!

Overall, it was a fun experience! My arms got a serious work out and I really felt the 2 miles the following day. It didn’t take long to get the hang of it. Some fellow Mission River Reach adventurers even thought our group were experienced kayakers! I had spotted children sized kayaks to the side. This is definitely a family type of adventure suitable for all experience levels.  I would be weary of a longer route if you are a beginner. We plan on taking Toby along the next time and shoot some dog videos with a GoPro along with water and a hat.  The Texas sun is brutal.

Will you be joining in on the kayak fun? Check out Mission Kayak at http://www.missionkayak.com/ for more info!

 

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Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market

I was pretty excited when I heard there would be a Farmers market within walking distance of my house. The Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market is open every Saturday “rain or shine” at the Blue Star Arts Complex from 9AM-1PM year-round. Debuting in Mid-June, my husband and I recently got a chance to walk over to Blue Star and check out San Antonio’s newest farmers market. Smaller than the well-known Farmers Market at Pearl, this market is still worth the visit.

Honey Lessons
Honey Lessons

There was a pretty good mix of vendors to browse through on a leisurely Saturday. My husband and I are on a Goldrush kick (a tasty bourbon cocktail mixed with honey and lemon) so we were pretty interested in Gretchen Bee Ranch’s stand. We were give delicious samples of honey and a lesson on how honey can taste different depending on the type of flowers the bees have been visiting.

Frio County Huajilla
Frio County Huajilla

I tried to get my husband to purchase the gallon size (honey goes quick in the Gerrish household) but we ended up getting 16 ounces of heaven known as their Frio County Huajilla blend and a beeswax candle in the shape of a beehive.

The Farmers market, like many other Southtown places, is dog friendly. There were dog bowls of H20 ready for your 4 legged friends. We left Toby and Roxy at home but made a stop at Katie’s Jar with them in mind. This vendor specializes in natural and homemade treats for dogs. We ended up getting our dogs the “Good Dog Sampler”. It was filled with various empanadas filled with dog loving tastiness such as lamb, beef and sweet potatoes.

Dog Empanadas
Dog Empanadas

We almost laughed out loud when we were told to make sure to keep it refrigerated because of the treat’s freshness. Our dogs gobbled them all up as soon as we got home. No time for refrigeration.

Given all the walking around, we were pretty hungry. There were a couple of vendors with food to taste but given my

Cheeks & Chops
Cheeks & Chops

current obsession with food trucks, I was a little dissapointed that there was only one to choose from. I had to keep in mind this market is still pretty new and the word is still getting out. The one food truck on site was called Cheeks & Chops.  Cool name. Perhaps more will park in the future.

Tasty Carrots
Tasty Carrots

We ended up decided to grill on our own and headed to a farmer’s booth to got some side dishes. The veggie selection was pretty impressive. We got some ears of corn and an explanation why our corn tops were eaten up (no pesticides). This was new to me but my Iowan born husband was already “in the know”.

 

This market is still growing and is a fun,free place to hang

Cute Candle
Cute Candle

out. Help get the word out and support your local farmers!

For more info check out:
http://www.southtownfarmersmarket.com/
http://www.gretchenbeeranch.com/
http://www.katiesjar.com/katies_jar/Welcome.html

The Fruteria

The Fruteria

Have you been to Chef Johnny Hernandez’s newest restaurant|botanero, The Fruteria?  Check out woohoo4sa’s introduction and make sure to stop by for one of their tortas and marquitos.  Those are woohoo4sa’s personal favorites

Be on the lookout for Chef Hernandez’s openings of The Fruteria and La Gloria in the San Antonio International Airport. The travelers that fly through this airport will be in for a treat!

For more info check out:

thefruteria.com

 

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Halcyon Southtown

I love it when new places open up. It’s even more awesome when those places are within walking distance! Halcyon Southtown,pronounced hal-see-uhn, just opened up in the Blue Star Arts Complex. Yes, I had to look up the pronunciation. The theme is unique triple threat of a coffee house, bar and lounge. Check out woohoo4sa’s introduction.

What do you think? Will you be visiting Halcyon?

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Hello Blog World!

Hello world!

During the past few months, I have attended a couple of conferences for the real estate industry. The common theme has been: internet, SEO and other technological jargon that is waaayyy over my head. This has motivated me to really work on my web site. Lately, people have been coming up to me saying they enjoy my facebook and instagram posts because they like to see where I have been hanging out at and it introduces them to new places they may not normally be exposed too. I live in San Antonio’s southtown area and my husband and I are frequently out and about in the downtown area. That MUST qualify me to start blogging, right? Probably not but I’ll give it a whirl. I figure I would talk about my life shenanigans, introduce some of San Antonio’s “hidden” hangouts and include some updates about one of my passions-real estate.

I hope to share my enthusiasm for life with you. I work hard and I play hard. 🙂 I enjoy trying new places to eat (not much of a cook), a cocktail or two, and keeping up with my 2 jack russell terriers. My favorite thing to do is play tourist in beautiful San Antonio. There are so many things to see and do!

First post officially complete! I appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy San Antonio as much as I do. There is so much more than the riverwalk!

Cheers, Sara