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Come on in! We’re happy you stopped by today. We are Kevin and Rosario Walker, authors of the Jeremy Santos and The Outfit series of novels. This website is about our books, with blogs and videos and a Shopper’s Marketplace where you will find interesting vintage items.

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We focus on the things we love to do such as writing, painting, cooking, gardening,and reading. We try to read different authors in different genres. Some of our favorites include Stephen King(horror), Dick Francis(English mysteries), Clive Cussler(action & adventure) and George R.R. Martin(Fantasy). What’s your favorite book? Let us know!

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A Fabulous Walk in the Park

In January of 2020, we went to a tax seminar. The meeting was late in the evening, and because we wanted to avoid rush hour traffic, we decided to make a day of it. This outing was an opportunity to go sight-seeing into a part of the city of San Antonio rarely visited by us.

Off of Highway 281 and north of Loop 410 sits a green way. A paved walking trail starts at the Historic landmark park known as Walker Ranch.

We were excited to explore this area since we had never been here before. It is truly an oasis in the middle of the urban sprawl. Once inside the park, we encountered a very peaceful and quiet environment. Very few people were out enjoying the afternoon sunshine that day,it was the middle of the week. This was before the COVID-19 pandemic, and everyone was either at work or school.

This trail is part of a larger system of trails that the city parks department has constructed for everyone to be able to get out and enjoy the natural areas of town. The map in the photo above makes the trail look small, but it is actually a good long trek.

Another sign listed the various animals and plants that inhabit this green way. This surprised us, to think that all these wild animals coexist together in this area!

Nomadic bands of hunter-gatherers inhabited this region many thousands of years ago. They lived off the land and with the land.

There were several signs along the trail that helped to give us an idea of where we were and what we could expect further along on the trail.

We took a picture of this tree decked out in bright red berries. The birds in the area have a ready supply of food to get them through the winter.

This final photo shows the transition of the trail into Phil Hardeberger Park, the sidewalk reads ” Walk Your Bike”. Up ahead are restroom areas, water fountains, and benches. Hope you enjoyed this trip through the Walker Ranch trail!

Texas has big, wide open spaces

Big Bend National Park in Texas has big, wide open spaces with miles and miles of open grass land and mountain ranges.

Recently, we visited Big Bend National Park. The park is located halfway between San Antonio and El Paso, off of US Highway 90. There are several campgrounds in the park; one is located on the Rio Grande river with a ferry that goes across to Mexico. Remember your passports!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

We camped out in the Chisos Basin campground, at a nice location near a trail head that leads to “the Window”, a interesting sight to behold after a few miles on the hiking trail. Be sure to pack water and a snack bar or two.

There are many types of wildlife, we encountered rabbits and many types of birds. On the trail, we spotted a bright yellow mushroom that was quite large for a mushroom, and many types of wildflowers. The first night we lay in our tent and gazed up at a spectacular night sky full of stars, due to the absence of city lights. It was incredible!

The next night was a totally different story. The wind started to gust and as it looked like it was going to rain, we decided to put the rain flap on our tent. There was a very intense light show that night, but no visible stars and no rain. Big Bend is a jewel in the Texas crown, and one of the premier National Parks in the country.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Humor in Air Force Basic Training

Back in 1975 when I arrived in San Antonio for Basic Training, I was accompanied by forty other recruits from all parts of the country. It was my first ever airplane flight.

As i recall, even though it was mid-September and late at night, around 8:00 P.M., it was quite warm, or at least warmer than I was used to for that time of the year.

Coming off the airplane into the terminal, we were met by an Air Force sergeant who directed us to a waiting blue bus. You’ve seen these buses on the freeway, haven’t you? Dark blue with white letters that read “U.S. Air Force.” Every seat was taken by two anxious trainees wondering what they had gotten themselves into.

Everyone was in street clothes and with differing lengths of hair, from afros to ROTC regulation to Roger Daltrey wannabees with hair past their shoulders. I, myself, had received a trim from my sister a week before, so that i wouldn’t attract too much attention from the T.I.’s (Training Instructors).

The bus left the airport and proceeded towards Lackland Air Force Base. When we arrived, the bus came to a stop in front of a large building. Suddenly, from out of the darkness, the loudest voice i had ever heard (up to that point) boomed out, “Get the f*#k off my bus!!!” We exited at a run and made our way to a black top covered area. We formed up in lines and rows, soon to be known as rank and file.

At this time, a tall and rather large T.I. strode into view. I still remember the “click, click, click” sound of the metal taps on his combat boots. He looked us over with an air of disgust and yelled out ‘Don’t be eyeballing me! I see you doing that!” He gave out the command to pick up our bag, and then to put it down. I had brought a small gym bag, others had come with hard sided luggage. We spent what seemed like an eternity picking them up and putting them down, over and over again, until he was tired of that.

Next, he looked around for someone to target. Spotting a tall, lanky fellow in the next row, he came up to him. “I bet you think you’re a badass, don’t you? ” The hapless recruit replied “no, sir” as loud as he could. “NO, i’m sure you think you’re a real badass. Jump up!” The kid jumped up. The T.I. snarled, “Now I know you think you’re a badass. I told you to jump up. I never said for you to come down!”

That night, we were able to find our bunks and get some sleep. We went to bed at 2:00 A.M. exhausted, from the flight, the bus ride, and the encounter with the T.I. We were actually allowed to sleep until 7 AM, the last time that would happen for over six weeks.

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