I have this service at work called Help A Reporter Out. For the past couple of days, there has been a reporter asking questions about Pokemon Go. I love Pokemon Go and use it as an excuse to go on long walks during the week. Especially at lunch time. It has done a ton to help keep my energy high and has helped me de-stress.
I thought I might try an answer the questions that have popped up on the service here.
A few nights a week I like to go on a walk at night, typically across downtown San Antonio or around Woodlawn Lake. It can be better to go at night because of the lower temperatures. I sometimes go through parks or if I am at a state park I might check and see if there are any Pokemon nearby. I usually have my Pogo Plus, so I can focus on walking around and click the little clicker whenever it buzzes.
This came in handy particularly the last time I hiked up to the top of Enchanted Rock. One of the prettiest places I have gone to catch Pokemon because it was so high up in the air.
Playing Pokemon Go is pretty safe as long as you stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t step out in front of traffic, be aware of the people and animals around you and you will be safe. There have only been a handful of times I didn’t feel safe, and it was usually in Downtown San Antonio around midnight. Nothing happened because I made my way to the Alamo or stepped into a late-night restaurant that was well lit with other people.
I have been thinking about the game a lot recently because it has helped me to walk every day and has encouraged me to get some form of exercise for the past two years. In 2019 I am planning on taking it up a notch. I signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge. I haven’t been on a hike in months. My last great hike was the mentioned Enchanted Rock climb from earlier in 2018. I want to go outside. I want to explore.
I have composed a list of trails within the city of San Antonio and nearby and I plan on hiking as many of them as I can. I put more than 52 on the list so that I can use the inner city trails for weeks when I will be traveling and won’t be able to hike a trail.
When I first moved back to San Antonio, I used to go to a park near my parents house 3 nights a week and run the trails. I was training for my first half-marathon at the time. Life happened and I stopped going to the trails.
It will be neat to see some of the trails in the city I have never visited before.