Free Things to Do: Outdoor
Published: May 21, 2014
It is extremely trite to say that we live in an age of connectivity and instant information—but that’s what this is, and wabiStory is a fascinating way to take part in it. (Full disclosure: wabiStory’s creator, Ben Judson, is married to the Current’s editor in chief.) Interaction and connection are what it is all about, as group of local authors and artists has left recordings at unique places across the city. The catch is you can only hear the songs, poems, stories, etc. if you are standing at the exact spot the author left them. An app is available for iPhones and iPod Touches; it is also available as a cross-platform web app. wabistory.org.
San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers
There is literally nothing more free than gazing up at the sky. What can be better than doing that while staring through the lens of a high-powered telescope? The San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (note the cleverly designed acronym of SALSA) gathers on a weekly basis to take in and enjoy all the wonder and mystery that the heavens have to offer. Membership is free and astronomers of every level are welcome. Sunset every Weds (weather permitting), McAllister Park Dog Park Parking Lot/Salado Creek Trailhead, firstname.lastname@example.org, salsa-astro.com.
Downtown Highlife Ride
If you love cycling and have an appreciation for the unique sites our city’s downtown has to offer, then take a spin with the Downtown Highlife Ride Club. The group’s mission is “communal existential wandering,” and what better way to do that than cruising around on two wheels through downtown San Antonio? 9pm last Fri of every month, in front of the Alamo, facebook.com/DHBClub.
Tours of the San Antonio Missions
Park rangers or docents lead a guided tours of each of the historic, 18th-century Spanish colonial landmarks that make up San Antonio’s Missions. Visitors will learn what a mission was, who built them and why. Tours last 45-60 minutes. Starting at 10am, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center, 2202 Roosevelt, (210) 932-1001, nps.gov/saan/planyourvisit/guidedtours.
Bat Conservation International
Just a short drive outside of San Antonio one finds Bracken Cave, the summer home of the world’s largest bat colony. Literally millions of Mexican free-tailed bats inhabit the cave from March through October each year. From May through September, Bat Conservation International invites visitors to watch a truly spectacular sight as the bats emerge from the cave each evening for their nightly feeding in a great, swarming cloud. Don’t put this spectacular sight off, developers are circling Bracken Cave for a planned housing development. Around 7:45pm, Bracken Cave, (800) 538-BATS, batcon.org.