The urban lake is a good reminder that outdoor opportunities don’t need to be hours away. There is a special kind of wonder that comes from paddling on the water with a view of San Antonio’s downtown skyline and the West Side’s yellow domed Little Flower Basilica.
“I feel great about when people go out there,” Hernandez said, “and [they] kind of get that spark in their eye. Like, yeah, I’m doing this thing. I’m in the water. I’m feeling the sun, the breeze. It’s fun for me to have people experience that—like I did at the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp.”
Hernandez still loves computers. Games help him stay connected with friends. He is actively training to work in the technology sector. When he does, he will remember to unplug too.
The winds on Woodlawn Lake are strong tonight. Hernandez watches a new kayaker struggle to avoid being blown into the shore. Someone’s dog runs through a group of ducks, and surprisingly catches one briefly. The duck gets away. Hernandez smiles, clearly happy to be outside, even in the middle of a sprawling city.
“I’m outdoors here too, you know, feeling the sun, the wind, the everything.”