Take a Hike

Purgatory Creek Park, San Marcos, Texas

Overall Rating: 9/10     Good for: 13+     Time Spent: 3 hours

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetA couple days ago Timothy and I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Purgatory Creek Park off Hunter Rd in San Marcos, Texas. While the park itself is rather large, it is most certainly only made for hiking/running. We enjoyed ourselves immensely for miles and will certainly be returning in no time.

The park itself is large enough (for central Texas) but it is definitely made for hiking and nothing else. Biking could be a challenge for beginners and there were no playgrounds/kids areas to be seen. The website tells me the most popular trails are Dante, Paraiso, and Malacoda, which I can say, without a doubt, is true.

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Timothy and I followed Dante most of the way through the park (straying every once in awhile for a trail that looked interesting). This particular trail was about 3.5 miles but was almost completely flat and the trail itself was in great shape making it an easy and absolutely doable for all.

The most notable downside of the park is its proximity to the highway. At one point, Timothy and I were actually walking under a major bridge. At which point, the trail was becoming a bit hard to follow. My advice: look for the painted posts. After spotting our designated color, we were able to make it back to the trail.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMy favorite aspect of Purgatory Park was its accessibility and levelness. These trails are quite, flat, easy to follow (for the most part) and would be a great spot to go for a run or hike. The trails are mostly shaded, so visiting in the early summer months is definitely an option and one that you should explore.

Overall, this was a great experience. I loved the atmosphere and the trails themselves, and running into people walking dogs, was pretty great too. We will definitely be returning many times until the infamous Texas heat makes outdoor travel more work than fun.

Happy Hiking,




Doing More at the Doseum

The Doseum

Overall Rating: 10/10     Good for:13 and under     Time Spent: 2 hours


My little sister (who is 12) and I recently visited the Doseum in central San Antonio, and let me tell you, I had more fun in that hands on children’s museum than I have had in any adult museum in my entire life. Elizabeth* and I had the opportunity to go during one of the HEB sponsored evenings, which are held every first and third Tuesday of the month and offer free admission from 6:30-8:30pm.

The Doseum is two stories of pure joy. It has 4 or 5 different rooms on each floor which hold a variety of different activities, all of which are both educational and super fun. They range from the geography room, where you can video chat with another museum in Mexico, to the outdoor water area, and a robotics section.

One of my favorite sections, however, was one of the smaller rooms which was home to about a thousand colorful balls and a tube-like maze that resembled a hamster’s paradise. Kids could use this space to experiment with gravity and air pressure. As you placed the balls in the tubes and they shot up in each and every direction only to find themselves in a suspended bucket timed to drop on the kids waiting excitedly below it.

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Another favorite was the journalism room. Behind a clear plastic wall, children could conduct and record interviews with their friends and families, which is great practice for any future radio dj. A few feet away, there was a “make your own comic” station and a miniature animation studio. As an employed journalist, I was in awe of the effort that the museum had unleased to help these kids foster a love of creativity and investigative reading.

The Doseum was the best experience I’ve had so far in my venture to find exciting, free activities in San Antonio, and I can’t recommend it enough. Especially to any parent/sibling who just wants to get some hands on learning for their kids. Even though the event lasted two hours, there were still rooms Elizabeth and I left unseen. So, I’ll definitely be returning very soon to find out what else this hands-on museum has in store.


*Names changed for privacy


Free Movies? Yes, Please!

Monday Movies at The Pearl

Overall Rating: 10/10     Good For: All Ages     Time Spent: 4.5 hours

FullSizeRenderLast Monday evening I had the pleasure of watching Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs during The Pearl’s Monday Movie Night. The experience was complete with a blow up screen, projector, and a sound system that I could only dream of in my own home. The movie was shown in the grassy (turffy?) area between Bakery Lorraine and Hotel Emma at The Pearl in central downtown San Antonio. Let me walk you through the evening.

First: My little sister and I stopped to eat dinner and the city renowned Green Vegetarian Cuisine. I had the best fish-less-filet to ever touch this Earth, and as someone who has visited this restaurant often, I can tell you that its the best thing on the menu. My sister had the Mediterranean Bowl, not as good, but still fantastic.

Second: We walked to the film destination and laid down our blanket, card games, and cooler about and hour and a half before the movie was set to start. This is something I highly recommend in any free outdoor movie event, because they tend to be very popular and seating is first come, first serve. We played cards and other travel-sized board games for an hour or so before we decided that we wanted a snack. So…

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Third: I walked two stores over to Local Coffee, one of my favorite spots in the downtown area, where I bought a mocha coffee (amazing) for myself and a hot chocolate (as good as anything without caffeine can be) for my sister.

Fourth: I headed next door to Bakery Lorraine where I bought a 6-count box of macaroons. They were $12 and definitely not worth it. Skip this step on your own journey.

Fifth: After that, I made my way back to my blanket, where I spent the next 45 minutes hanging out with my sister and playing card games. The movie officially started at about 8:45 and ended somewhere around 10:30.

I will absolutely be making room in my schedule for more outdoor movies in the future. It was a drive in experience without the $10 ticket and everybody’s headlights flickering on and off throughout the movie. I had assumed that activities like The Pearl’s Movie Monday had been lost in the shuffle of indoor movie theaters and a shrinking number of parks, but I was wrong. If you can make it to any of San Antonio’s summer movies I recommend it with all my heart.

You can find a list of outdoor movie locations and dates here.




Central Library is the at Center of my World

Central Library, San Antonio

Overall Rating: 10     Good For: All Ages     Time Spent: 3 hours

fa532d334091658b15441d77c552eda8--art-public-fiesta-ideasA few days ago I had the pleasure of visiting Central Library located in central San in a Texas inspired burnt orange building. It has reasonable hours, closing at 5 on the weekend and 9 during the week- perfect for after work studies, homework, and just kicking back and relaxing with a good book. The inside of the library is adorned with an absolutely stunning hanging art piece, pictured left, that had me mesmerized.

A must-see section of the library is the Teen Services department. Although I am a year out of their 13-18 year age requirement, I managed to slip in unnoticed. The space, located on the 3rd floor, is loaded with books (some of which made me more than a little bit nostalgic, Apple desktop computers, study tables, a TV, and a whiteboard spanning the entirety of the back wall. To say I was in heaven is a bit of an understatement. The space was everything I could have ever asked for in a space designed for those of us who spend most of our childhood with their nose in a book.


Other features of Central Library included a beautiful children’s section complete with a small arts and crafts table, a video section, dozens of helpful staff members, and early child services.

I will be returning to the Central Library in the very near future, with a boatload of homework, and a few friends. I would absolutely recommend it to anybody and everybody who will listen to me gushing over it.



I fed a Huge Deer at Natural Bridge; It was Awesome

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Overall Rating: 8     Good for: All Ages     Time Spent: 3 hours

IMG_9246The only complaint that could possibly be made at Natural Bridge Wildlife Park is: it’s kind of expensive. Not the kind of expensive that makes you cry, but definitely the once-a-month, maybe once-every-two-months kind of expensive. Other than that it’s amazing. You do have to have a car to be able to do this activity, which is a bummer, but it allows you to get way closer to the animals than you would in a zoo. It also allows the animals to be a lot happier than they are in a zoo. As an animal rights activist, and a practicing vegetarian, this makes me very happy.

The Wildlife Rance is a drive through animal park. There is everything you would find on perhaps, an African Savannah, and more. Rhinos (kept behind a fence), deer, zebras, lemurs, kangaroos, alpacas, peacocks, ostriches, impalas (not the car), etc. and you get to feed Every. Single. One. Of. Them. It’s a child’s dream vacation, and adults love it too


Apart from the main attraction, there are also some animals left out of the drive that you get to see on foot. There are giraffes, monkeys, giant birds I could never name, and more. It was a great experience, and it’s a place I will be returning to very very soon. The Wildlife Ranch never fails to disappoint. The gift shop is worth checking out, but the dining options are scarce, so it’s a good idea to pack your lunch. Just don’t let the animals get to it before you do!

Next door is Natural Bridge Caverns, and as a former tour guide at these particular caverns, I can tell you that it’s worth a visit with the right shoes, but maybe I’ll do a post on that later.

Be adventurous!




What’s this Blog Even About?

Good Morning!

This is the first post (obviously) in what I hope to be a blog I hold onto for some time. It will be updated 3-4 times per month. I am so excited to begin this blog. As a college student, I am always searching for ways to get off campus and explore the world, but being on a college budget doesn’t always lend a helping hand in that endeavor. This particular situation has led me to find some of the greatest experiences of my life in my own city, and not far from it. So this blog is for you, college students, working parents, high school kids working part time, bored babysitters, and any other individual who finds themselves searching for a little something a little extra in their life at a reasonable cost and at a reasonable distance. Look for my next posts soon!