San Antonio’s Hike and Bike Trail

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Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science at Penn State and served in senior executive positions in several companies, including A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas, and the Ascena Retail Group in Suffern, Nevada. He played significant roles in the impressive growth of both companies. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys hiking and cycling in the San Antonio area, including on the Missions Hike and Bike Trail in San Antonio.

The Missions Hike and Bike Trail runs along the San Antonio River and connects the historic Alamo with four missions to the south. The distance from one mission to the next is about two miles or so, and there are restrooms, picnic tables, and water fountains along the way. As the trail is mostly flat, it is an easy ride or walk for most. On the way, you’ll pass over bridges and through meadows filled with wildflowers and dotted with oaks.

After the Alamo, you’ll reach Mission Concepcion, with its robust stone church, then Mission San Jose with its still-standing cloister walls and decorated facade. There are also the remains of an irrigation system as well as a bell tower at Mission San Juan. Last, at Mission Espada, you’ll see a dam and an aqueduct, remnants of a once prosperous agricultural area. The trail route is out and back, and bicycles are available for rent. If visiting during San Antonio’s hot summer, it is important to bring water plenty of water.

What to Pack for a Hike

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Retired CFO and SVP Reid Hackney enjoys participating in outdoor activities. Reid Hackney’s preferred outdoor pastimes include bicycling and hiking.

The art of packing for a hike requires a delicate balance between weight and necessity. Carrying too much weight leads to fatigue, but taking too few items leads to unpreparedness.

Here are some of the most essential items to pack for a hike:

– A map, a compass, and a GPS unit are essential. While you may be tempted to take a GPS unit alone, you could easily lose it, or it could lose its charge.

Extra food and water should always be a consideration. Hunger and thirst can kill. Always take a little more food and water than seem necessary.

Safety items, such as matches, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit should be mainstays in any hiking pack. Sports outfitters carry prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers. A knife can also play an important role in safety and may be useful for cutting bandages and fishing out splinters.

The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest at Gruene Hall

 

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Gruene Music & Wine Fest
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The former vice president and CFO of A’GACI, Reid Hackney served as a leading executive the Ascena Retail Group. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys attending local dance halls and concert venues such as Gruene Hall.

The oldest continually-operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall dates back to 1878 and retains its original structure and design. The hall hosts numerous concerts and other events, playing an important role as a social and entertainment venue. Every year, Gruene Hall also hosts its annual music and wine festival.

The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest will begin on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and run through Sunday, October 7. The festival will feature catered dinners from Gristmill River Restaurant and Le Cordon Gruene Food Alley as well as wine tasting from carefully-selected local wineries. It will also offer silent auctions and a variety of Americana and Texan music.

For more information about Gruene Hall and details about the special events at the 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, visit https://gruenehall.com or http://gruenemusicandwinefest.org/.

Cycling the San Antonio Missions

 

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who recently concluded his tenure as vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney continues to lead an active lifestyle, with interests ranging from sampling the city’s newest restaurants to cycling at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

The hike and bike trail at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park provides visitors an opportunity to visit all five missions, including Mission San Juan and the Alamo, while enjoying a scenic cycling route of nearly 16 miles round-trip. The trail also provides direct access to the nearby Mission Riverwalk and passes through historic neighborhoods and picturesque farmlands.

Each mission provides water, while eateries are located near Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. On-site rangers can provide individuals additional information about the trail, while the National Parks website, nps.gov, features a detailed map of the trail and surrounding area.

San Antonio’s Vibrant Pearl District

 

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Pearl District
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Recently retired, Reid Hackney was a vice president and the chief financial officer of A’GACI retail wear in San Antonio. As a resident, Reid Hackney particularly enjoyed the city’s well-known Pearl District.

Adjacent to the San Antonio River, the area’s revitalization began in 2001 with the purchase of the historic Pearl Brewery. Covering 22 acres, the district now hosts annual events such as Tamales! At Pearl and the Echale Latino Music Estyles. In addition to notable restaurants, the Pearl boasts several other landmarks:

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), whose students display their talents at the Nao Latin Gastro Bar. One of only three such locations in the country, the CIA operates a $35 million scholarship fund for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Hotel Emma, a 180-room luxury hotel named after Emma Koehler, past owner of the Pearl Brewery. Visitors admire the elegant lobby, designed by architect August Maritzen.

The Farmer’s Market features fresh, organic offerings drawn from 150 miles around. The San Antonio Current recently designated it the city’s best.

The Museum Reach River Development is a 1.33-mile addition to San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Walking, biking, and kayaking accesses a park and amphitheater while riverboats traverse its waterway.

Biking the Mission Reach Trail in San Antonio

 

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Mission Reach
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Based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney is now retired but spent more than a decade as a lead financial executive for a major retail brand. Reid Hackney enjoys many hobbies, including biking around the San Antonio Missions.

The historically significant Alamo, the site of a traumatic battle between Texas and Mexico, is one of the most popular sites in Texas. Found in San Antonio, the Alamo is a part of a series of missions built by Spanish colonists to convert Native Americans.

One of the best ways to visit the Alamo and the other missions is to cycle along the 15-mile bike-friendly Mission Reach trail system. The trail is designed for casual bikers, with restrooms, picnic areas, and water fountains along the way. You can rent a bike at a B-Cycle station near the trail and lock it up at stations along the way. Additionally, download a bike trail map or pick up a paper map at the San Antonio Visitor’s Center. Then, embark on an unforgettable journey!

An 18th-Century Dining Experience at Restaurant Gwendolyn

 

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Restaurant Gwendolyn
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A longtime executive in finance, Reid Hackney is the vice president and chief financial officer of major fashion retail brand A’GACI, LLC. Besides being an expert in retail finance, Reid Hackney enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and hiking. He is also a foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants in San Antonio.

Restaurant Gwendolyn is one popular San Antonio restaurant. Chef Michael Sohocki opened the restaurant–which he named after his grandmother–in 2010 with the goal of serving local, seasonal, and handmade food just like in the 1850s, before the industrial revolution. He refuses to use fryers, mixers, blenders, and other food-preparation machines and works to source his supply of fresh ingredients from ranchers and farmers that he trusts.

Sohocki chooses to preserve meat in house using different techniques like salting, drying, pickling, and smoking. This unique approach to food and cooking earned Restaurant Gwendolyn a Zagat rating of 4.5 stars.