San Antonio’s bustling urban environs and picturesque natural surroundings both serve as the setting for Adventure Club San Antonio’s organized, jovial group outings for singles and married couples alike. Resident staffers heed suggestions from more than 300 members and 200 fortune cookies to devise a calendar of events that brims with an average of 60 activities every month, most of which are free of charge. After perusing the bevy of activities, participants congregate amid the verdant San Antonio–area wilderness for outdoor recreation such as hiking and canoeing, or within the lively city limits for dinners, sports matches, members-only shindigs, and frequent volunteer sessions for local charities.
Aside from the chance to mingle with new friends and explore the region, members receive discounts at dozens of local businesses, and can swiftly find a companion for unofficial events and shadow-puppet castings via a handy activity partners’ forum. Additionally, Adventure Club can connect members to a network of similar groups in Austin and Houston.
Featured in magazines such as Texas Highways and Texas Monthly, Mission Kayak makes it easy and fun to experience the most of the San Antonio Mission Reach with their kayaks and unique shuttle service. Their boats are always prepared for adventures on the San Antonio River, which visitors can paddle in trips that range from 75 minutes to four hours. Kayakers navigate the waters of Mission Reach, an 8-mile stretch of the river that's undergoing significant ecosystem restoration and recreational redevelopment. Along the way, they slide down concrete "chutes" that help even beginners negotiate the river's rapids.
Mission Kayak offers a shuttle service that drops kayakers at a launch point from which they start to paddle back to Espada Park, the company's meeting spot. In the meantime, they can observe a wealth of wildlife and ancient trees growing by the riverside. Guided nature tours are led by an environmental biologist—and American Canoe Association–certified kayak instructor—who can point out creatures like osprey and caracara. Boaters can also rent out kayaks on an hourly basis to explore on their own.
The low-hanging branches of southern live oak trees stretch out over the house and pavilion areas at Don Strange Ranch, dappling parties, weddings, and corporate team gatherings with splashes of sunlight. Since 1952, the 125-acre longhorn ranch in the Texas Hill Country has hosted myriad events, including scenes from the PBS music documentary series Live from the Artists Den and the wedding of country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
More than just a picturesque backdrop, the ranch’s rugged natural surroundings host outdoor activities such as ropes courses and kayak trips down the Guadalupe River. And the friendly staffers who man 350- to 400-foot ziplines work to ease guests out of their comfort zones, like a mother bird pushing her young out of the nest for their first extreme base-jumping lesson.
S.A. Kayak Rentals equips its patrons with paddles, life vests, and their very own watercraft for self-propelled jaunts over San Antonio's many public waterways. Paddlers simply pick up their equipment and select a launch point, such as the Mission Reach Zone on the San Antonio River or the dock at Elmendorf Lake Park. Whatever location they choose, kayakers can enjoy a peaceful float amid natural surroundings and wildlife, away from the city noise and the lifeguards who frown on kayaking in public pools.
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After competing in the Southland Athletic Conference, the UTSA Roadrunners officially joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The Roadrunners’ leave their former conference with 48 Southland Conference Championships in two decades of athletic membership, as well as the 2007–2008 Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the conference’s top athletics department. The Roadrunners will move into Conference USA in the fall of 2013.