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Day Trip to the San Antonio River Walk!

Published on October 7, 2016 by sherons

Back in June, on the spur of the moment, we decided get away from the farm for a while.   We took a day trip to the San Antonio River Walk.

The month of May was really hectic around Scurlock Farms as we prepared for two big events - a wedding and a multi-generation family vacation with my four siblings, our children and some of the grandchildren.

It rained - a LOT! for a solid week!  - two weeks before the big events.

Due to the heavy rains and soggy ground, our clean up and make-ready plans were slowed down considerably.  That meant we had to work really long hours and extra-hard in order to get everything accomplished that we wanted to prior to the family arriving for the vacation.

You know how it is when company is coming?  You clean up things that don't normally get a thought.  It was fun, and the visible results were rewarding, along with all of the compliments from our guests!

The family left mid to late Saturday morning after helping get the yards and homes ready for the wedding held at Rocky Overlook that evening.  Thanks to all who stayed to help.

After the last of the wedding family left on Monday, Dan and I decided we needed a little R&R from our vacation.  What to do?

A day trip to the San Antonio River Walk!

We headed out for a day trip to the San Antonio River Walk and the IMax theater.  When visiting this IMAX, we normally binge on movies and watch three of them in a day.

We made a mistake by not checking the theater schedule before this trip.  As it turned out, there was absolutely nothing we wanted to see!  We had seen the really good Alamo movie twice (highly recommend), and the only other options were a children's animated movie and a horror show of some sort.

Instead we went to Casa Rio, our favorite restaurant on the River Walk,  and requested a table along the water.

I'm sure you have seen photos of this iconic restaurant as it and its colored umbrellas are featured in many advertisements for the River Walk.  We enjoyed a very relaxing, filling meal.  The food was delivered piping hot and was very tasty - no complaints on anything!

We always enjoy feeding the fish, ducks and sparrows our left over chips, and did so again.  

Dan enjoying a good lunch and feeding the birds at Casa Rio

Dan enjoying a good lunch and feeding the birds at Casa Rio

These critters can be very entertaining as they fight for the chips.  If allowed, the birds will even hop onto the table, but I draw the line at that!

Large fish are also attracted to the chips and are very visible just below the surface.  Young children delight in the birds and the fish being that close.

 We headed back to Scurlock Farms and stopped at Cabela's in Buda. 

I think Cabela's is a guy thing - I know Dan loves to stop by anytime we are in the area!  I always make a beeline to the restaurant on the second floor and let Dan enjoy his shopping.  Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, they did not have what he was looking for.

We returned to the farm ready to tackle the next round of chores. 

Turns out it is caring for baby goats!  They all decided to be born over a 3 day span.  Guests arrived to the farm shortly after we got back from San Antonio and we found 12 new babies.  This morning we checked again and had 4 more!

What is your favorite day trip?  What is your favorite thing to do in San Antonio?  Leave us your suggestions in the comment box!


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Dan and I were childhood sweethearts and will celebrate our 53 anniversary in May. We moved to the country in 1971 and have loved raising our two boys on the farm. After my parents died, we acquired the 112 acre farm and bought the adjoining 60 acre farm. We now have 172 beautiful acres with a little over one mile of San Gabriel River frontage. We remodeled the three homes on the farm and have offered them as vacation rental homes since 2010. We have hosted guests from every state and 21 countries and have loved meeting many different people. We raise cattle, goats, hay and pecans on the farm and there is always something going on! I love giving tours of the farm to our guests in a Polaris and show them the river, animals, hiking areas and give a little history of the farm. Well behave pets are welcome and the owners and the pets love being able to be off-leash. Wildlife is abundant and guests love seeing deer, bobcat, fox, coyote, raccoon, possom, rabbits, skunks, and armadillo. The farm is a birder's delights with the varied terrains - prairie top pastures, wooded hillside and bluffs, heavily wooded areas, and the river wetlands. Many bird watchers have seen lifers while visiting (a bird they have never seen in person before). Roadrunners are a favorite! Our youngest son was only 6 weeks old when we moved to the farm and he has built a home along the bluff and raised his family here. Our oldest son owns a business in Dallas and when he retires, he will move back to the farm. Guests have loved fishing and tubing the river, looking for fossils, or simply skipping rocks and wading with their little ones. Others have enjoyed hiking the spring-fed creek bed, looking for arrowheads, and hiking about the 172 acres. Others have enjoyed sitting in the outdoor areas of the homes and soaking up the peace and quiet as they enjoy the beauty from the bluffs and watch the birds and wildlife that comes by.
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