We wrapped up our fairly uneventful week in Boerne, TX and moved on Sunday to New Braunfels, TX, which was a change of plans as we were originally heading back to Gonzales. Gonzales was just a tad too far of a commute and we found another campground with vacancy right down the road from my parents. Should be convenient for family visits and getting a few things knocked of the “to do” list. Stay tuned.
We picked up Kennedy on Tuesday night and she spent the rest of the week with us. She’s a pretty low maintenance kid, which is good. Good for the non-experienced big kids that we are!!
This weeks “activities” consisted of some pool time, bike riding, trips to my parents, kayaking/paddleboarding , shopping, dinners, and of course the Fourth of July festivities which included a parade and fireworks.
On the biking front, we found a great trail to take a nice ride on--the Old No. 9 Trail. The trail cuts right through the heart of Boerne and is newly paved and just under 2 miles. Perfect. Perfect for uh, Kennedy....don't want to push her too hard!
We pulled down a side street and noticed a spot where the trail crossed, so we parked the car and started the trail sort of in the middle of it, but no biggie…..or so we thought. Rode to the end and noticed a sign “Trail Closed.” Oops! Probably explains why we didn’t see anyone else on the trail. Not sure why it was closed, but we kept riding; rode to the other end. Yep; closed on that end too, (not that we expected to see anything different!) And, even though the trail cut through the middle of the town, we still managed to see some wildlife. Yep. Deer. They are everywhere here.
Of course Hobie got to go for a bike road, too. He was exhausted after the ride!!
On Wednesday night, we went to the sleepy little town of Comfort, TX for dinner. Comfort has a well-preserved downtown area and in one word, it’s just quaint. There are around 2,300 residents in the town and we had scouted out a very cool little pizza joint—Comfort Pizza. We had tried to stop there on Sunday (pre bats), but they were closed. Ran out of dough. That’s what the sign said; who are we to question!?!
Pizza was really good, which is something we can’t say too often about pizza in Texas (sorry, Texans…but once you’ve experience Philly pizza, most everything else is a disappointment!) We also liked the vibe of the town and noticed they were having a Fourth of July parade, so we planned a return visit for Saturday.
Comfort Pizza-- converted from an old time gas station. And, you can actually rent the bikes.
All outdoor dining; good thing it (typically) doesn't rain a lot in Texas...
Thursday afternoon we embarked on a trip to Boerne City Lake Park. We wanted to take the kayak out and Kennedy wanted to paddleboard. We rented the paddleboard, pumped up our kayak, signed a waiver and were on our way. Kennedy did great in spite of the crazy wind. Towards the end of lake time however, we were basically towing her and the paddleboard, sort of like surfing in slow motion without the waves, but we saved her from blowing into the side of the lake. See how responsible we are?
Speaking of being responsible, on numerous occasions we’ve made the comment, “it’s good thing that we don’t have kids.” The pinnacle of that comment was in North Carolina, when a nice gentleman walked down to our campsite carrying a dog that looked just like Hobie, wanting to know if anyone was missing a dog, Oops. It was Hobie! Lost the dog and didn’t even know it.
So when Kennedy wanted to dye her hair with Kool Aid, we did the responsible thing and said, “ask your mother.” Didn’t expect her to say, “what does your aunt say about that?” Hmmmm. So, after doing some serious research, which included watching a couple of youtube videos, we made plans to dye the tips of her hair. Purple. With Kool Aid. Don’t worry, it washes out after a few days; says so on the internet. Plus, she was going home that night so she wouldn't be washing her hair at our place!!
Prepping the Kool Aid. In case you are interested, you boil the water--2 cups--and add packets of kool aid. Leave out the sugar!! We used three packets.
She sat still for an hour while the tips soaked in purple kool aid.
And being responsible, I did slide a t-shirt on her so the dye didn’t get on her dress.
Notice Greg in the background; he is less than amused.
And, the verdict? Probably two hours would have been better. Or maybe cherry kool aid? Next week!?! (again....probably a good thing we don't have kids!!)
After a fairly low key Friday, which consisted of a little shopping at the Outlets and dinner at my sister's friend, Nadine's, (she’s an incredible cooked and had smoked some pork) we were excited for Saturday. The parade!
On Saturday morning, we anxiously got out the door....but didn't anticipate the traffic. Luckily, we made it right before the parade started, but were really surprised with the crowd. Packed!
Greg and Hobie anxiously awaiting for the parade to start.
It had been a long. long time since either of us had been to a parade, and we quickly remembered why. Kids. Lots of them. Lots of kids relentlessly chanting, “Can-dy, can-dy, can-dy” throughout the whole parade. The entire parade. And for a small town parade, it was surprisingly long.
And more kids and candy....
Aside from the constant "can-dy" chanting and getting pelted with candy on numerous occasions, we truly enjoyed watching this little slice of Americana on our Country’s birthday. Here are a few of the highlights:
This couple came strolling up right when the parade started. We thought, "that's how Texans come to parades," but soon realized they were part of the parade.
The eagle on the arm was our first clue!!
True Texas....horses and flags....
Uh...and camels. Didn't see that coming!
One of the groups gave out rubber ducks.
Thought Hobie would enjoy it, but one of the kids snatched it from me.
Left it unattended for just a second! #$#%!!
Floats and everything!
And cute kids....
And cars with antlers....
Nothing says a parade like stuffed dead animals....
and a really cool old car....
Another cute kid....
And this just sums it all up....
We wrapped up the Fourth watching the town of New Braunfel’s fireworks from my parent’s backyard. Pretty good show without the crowds. I tried to capture a few pictures, but seriously, everyone knows what fireworks look like, right!?!
Well, not necessarily like this....but the best I got!!
We left our campground—Top of the Hill--on Sunday and we both were pretty glad to be moving on. Three weeks seems to pretty much be our limits of being in one place for a period of time. That may change, but for now, seems to be our ultimate “max.”
Thanks for following along and stay tuned to see if cherry kool aid works any better than grape!! :-)