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Summer Guide 2012

How to survive the summer: bunkering lessons for locals

Photo: Bryan Rindfuss, License: N/A

Bryan Rindfuss

Tree of Life: San Pedro Springs


Another location to enjoy the cool morning hours is the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center (10750 Pleasanton). We're not telling you to go jump in a lake (this former sewage outfall wouldn't be our first choice); make the trek instead for early morning bird watching. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and a notebook to record your finds. Though birding tends to conjure images of strange Aunt Sally and her gum boots, it's a popular sport. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are over 51 million birders countrywide. Try it.

Not an early bird? Try these pursuits for nighttime fun. The San Antonio chapter of Sidewalk Astronomers offer free opportunities to use their telescopes Tuesday nights at sunset in McAllister Park (13102 Jones Maltsberger) for weekly stargazing (until July 31st) and have longer trips for larger celestial events. Don't miss the Perseids meteor shower on August 12-13, first chronicled over 2,000 years ago. For more information, check out salsa-astro.com. The stars are poetic, but mixing up poetry with street biking is something else. Fruit Sacrifice is a group of young poet-bicyclists that meet up in picturesque spots with great city views to read their own works and the classics (last time, Henry Miller and Emily Dickinson got some attention). Next round of readings is 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the gazebo in King William Park (131 King William). For more info, check random postings at their Facebook page. Type in: FruitSacrifice.

And for more chilling stations, don't forget the old standbys. Florist shops, like Mac's Flowers and Greenhouses (2806 N Mary's) are kept at a pleasant 72 degrees and tolerate "just looking" for a few minutes, but seriously consider buying a house plant to go. They add oxygen, making warm rooms feel cooler. Rich and poor have enjoyed the cooling comfort of free, book-lined rooms since the public library was invented in Boston back in the 18th century. Don't think the internets have made them obsolete — and unlike your laptop, library tables don't heat up unexpectedly. San Antonio Public Library has 26 branches open seven days a week, the Central Library (600 Soledad) keeps the doors unlocked till 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday. •

The Summer Issue 2012
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  • Daytrippin': The Upper Guadalupe Tubing, Lone Star beer, bad tattoos, sunburns, chicken fried steak at the Gristmill … it's a central Texas tradition. But it's good to remember the Guadalupe doesn't... | 6/20/2012
  • Daytrippin': The Comal River After securing your tube from one of the nearby vendors (we chose Rockin' R River Rides, 1405 Gruene, just outside historic New Braunfels), it takes about 20 minutes... | 6/20/2012
  • Daytrippin': Corpus Christi Summer has arrived, and no my friends, she is not friendly. Her seasonal fever can suck you dry as you drag your way through desolate parking lots and... | 6/20/2012
  • Daytrippin': Enchanted Rock and Fredericksburg I live in a German town, so the idea of vacationing to a place like Fredericksburg, which sells itself with Biergartens and chocolate shops, doesn't really appeal to the... | 6/20/2012
  • Daytrippin': The Snake Farm Thanks to the magical combination of severe insomnia and Animal Planet programming, I finally discovered the greatness of Steve Irwin. For years, I dismissed him as the parody... | 6/20/2012
  • Buggy summer Many news outlets have reported that this summer would be one of San Antonio's buggiest. This is a myth. While various insects are crawling (and flying) around the... | 6/20/2012
  • Pickup basketball After spending ungodly hours watching the NBA this playoff season, it's time to get off your ass, lace up your sneakers, and get on the court. But don't settle for... | 6/20/2012
  • How to survive the summer: bunkering lessons for locals Why we haven't figured out yet that even with air-conditioned rooms and air-conditioned cars it's just plain whacked to get up with the sun and stay awake through the heat of... | 6/20/2012
  • Plastic Beach Photography and fashion styling by Bryan Rindfuss. Visual Art by Erin Curtis | 6/20/2012
  • Bus or bust Yes, "Everything's bigger in Texas." I get it. The sheer size of this state is daunting to a bleary-eyed driver. We may long for cheap, fast commuter rail linking Texas... | 6/20/2012
  • Summer camp roundup CCamp Disney gives children ages 5-18 the chance to perform songs from some of Disney's popular musicals including Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid... | 6/20/2012
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