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Don’t Forget to Shuck the Tamale

They still call it the "great tamale incident." In !976, President Gerald Ford, at a reception at the Alamo, grabbed a tamale off a plate and started eating it, shuck and all. An alert hostess from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas saw was was about to go down...

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How Do You Pronounce Bexar? (And Why Should You Care?)

San Antonio is in Bexar County, one of the 254 counties in the state of Texas, You can trace the name to Villa de San Fernando de Béxar, the first civil government established by the Spanish in what was then the province of Texas. Our city was created in 1731 when 55...

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The Oldest Amusement Park in the USA

Sunday's walk will take you past Kiddie Park, opened in 1925 and (it claims)  the oldest children's amusement park in the country. Many of the original rides are still operational but don't worry: it was completely refurbished in 2009. The jewel in the crown is the...

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You Can’t Leave SA Until You’ve Had a Breakfast Taco

Everyone in San Antonio has a favorite place for breakfast tacos, but, quite frankly, there's no such thing as a bad breakfast taco in San Antonio. (Now Austin -- that's another story. They boast that theirs are the best, but what do they know about tacos?) Two famous...

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What the Heck is Pico de Gallo?

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo (pronounce it as PEEK-o -day-GUY-o), literally beak of rooster, also called salsa fresca, is made from chopped tomato, onion, coriander leaves (we love our cilantro!), fresh serranos (jalapeños or habaneros are used as alternatives),...

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Getting From the Airport to the Hotel

The event hotel for the Texas Trail Roundup is the Holiday Inn - Downtown (Market Square), 318 W Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78204  Phone: (210) 225-3211 Taxi cabs are available at the San Antonio International Airport, lower level curbside, outside of...

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Just Wait Five Minutes and the Weather Will Change

This post has been updated for the 2019 Texas Trail Roundup. You see that hole in the map where the heat has burned through part of south Texas? That's San Antonio. Actually, the weather in San Antonio is not that bad in February. The temperature rises nearly every...

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We are a San Antonio 300 Partner!

You may have noticed a new emblem on our web site: the Tricentennial Partner logo.  The Texas Trail Roundup is an official partner of the year-long celebration of the founding of San Antonio by Canary Islanders, 300 year ago. For the Texas Trail Roundup, being a...

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Cleaning the San Antonio River

After the Texas Trail Roundup a few walkers mentioned that parts of the Mission Reach of the Riverwalk -- Saturday's walk -- were a little trashy. Oh, the embarrassment! Just the Saturday before, the city had hosted its annual "Basura Bash (basura means "trash" in...

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Long Flight Home? Check Out an eBook!

In 2014, San Antonio became the first airport in the world to offer free eBook checkout, for residents and travelers alike  There are two library kiosks, one in Terminal A and the other in Terminal B departure areas. First, you must download the free...

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Beware the Chupacabra

The legend of the chupacabra is a surprisingly recent one, originating in Puerto Rico in 1995. The name means "goat sucker" in Spanish, and a series of farm animal mutilations on the island were attributed to a horrific lizardy creature, like the one pictured above....

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2018 Texas Trail Roundup Brochure & Schedule Now Online

The brochure & schedule for the 2018 Texas Trail Roundup are now online! You can preregister by mail, for now. We'll soon be adding online registration that will allow credit card transactions. We're starting the Friday Friendship Walk on February 23  earlier in...

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Start Earning the Patch: Vice Presidential Walks

The American Volkssport Association's Special Programs add a little spice to your walks. The Vice Presidents Walks program expires at the end of 2018. Even though only 12 events are needed to earn the patch, each VP and each walk can only be counted once, making it a...

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