So…Cherry Kool Aid? Nothing to really report as we didn’t take the leap this week, although when we picked Kennedy up, it appeared the purple tips turned a little red. When asked if she tried the cherry, we got a quick “no” but she did proceed to tell a cockamamie story about conditioner in the microwave. Hmmmm, something sounded a little suspicious if you ask me!?!
We moved last Sunday to Hill Country RV Resort in New Braunfels and while ultimately it’s probably a great “vacation” resort, it just wasn’t our cup of tea. The resort has over 250 RV spaces, packed in pretty tight, along with about 100 nice cabins. It has three pools, restaurant, big play areas, entertainment, and a bunch of other “stuff.” We took advantage of the pools and some “bouncy” things, but ultimately the biggest advantage this place had for us was convenience. It’s in town and very close to everything, including my parents.
This was one of two bouncy things.
Thankfully no one had the camera when I sat on it; somehow I ended up on the ground.
We moved today to different RV Resort, Summit Vacation & RV Resort, but a little smaller—about half the size as far as RV spots and cabins--but about triple the size of acreage and closer to some nature. We’re here until we leave Texas, so hopefully it’s a little better fit for us.
While a pretty low-key week, we managed to sneak in a few really cool things and Greg did manage to continue to torment Kennedy. Poor kid.
One of the highlights of the tormenting included Kennedy staking claim to one of the Gatorade bottles in the fridge. She quietly went to the drawer, got out a sharpie and claimed one of the orange Gatorades. K-e-n-n-e-d-y hand written across the bottle. Well, Greg noticed this after she had gone to sleep, so while she was snoozing, he grabbed the sharpie and laid claim to everything else in the fridge. G-r-e-g.
Pretty much everything in the fridge was marked with Greg's name.
Breakfast was interesting, "Milk?" “Nope, that’s Greg’s.” "OJ?" “Nope, that's Greg's, too." "Gatorade?" "Drink sparingly." (Just kidding, I didn't let her have Gatorade for breakfast!)
I fell victim of the same selfishness a couple of years ago when I wrote my name on some frozen dinners I was planning on bringing to work. He claimed the whole freezer that time.
Circa 2012, Greg staking claim to the pork and breakfast sandwiched!
The tormenting continued when we played miniature golf. Competitive torture. Torture throughout the whole game. All 18 holes.
I think the conversation went something like this,
"This is for the win, so stay clear of the hole."
Kennedy guarding her ball.
And at the end of the game, Kennedy was nice enough to volunteer to add up the score, and to no surprise, guess who won? One hint. Wasn’t Greg.
And the calculation process....
Actually, according to her math, I won. Think she was so determined adding Greg's incorrectly, she forgot to alter my score!
Scorecard order: Kennedy, Cori, and Greg.
Greg really had 49; she did add it up correctly, but put it on the back of the scorecard.
Build it and they will come. Sound familiar? We discovered they recently opened a drive-in movie theatre in New Braunfels—Star and Stripes Drive-in Theatre. It’s outside town, in the country, surrounded by farm land…very Field of Dream’ish. But in this case, people, living people, and lots of them, came. They came by the carloads, or really in Texas, it was mainly by the truckloads. Think every spot was filled.
They have three screens, all playing good movies and Cheri, my sister, came up and all of us went to the drive-in to see, yep, Minions and Inside Out. Price was very reasonable--$8.00 a person ($5.00 for kids) for two new release movies. When we first pulled in to the theatre, Greg automatically went to the back row; old habits are hard to break. Hmmm.
Very nostalgic experience and of course, the adults were the only ones awake to watch the second movie—Inside Out. Funny how some things change and how sometimes, so little changes.
The cafe. Also packed.
Hobie's first drive in! Bonus!! Oh, dogs were free.
All set up and ready to watch the movie.
And the movie....
I think if we go back, we’ll target a weeknight, and perhaps not going to opening night of the biggest kid movie of the summer. Oh, and I’ll take a nap before I go. Movie didn't get over until 12:45!!!
Our events on Saturday were shaped by a chance encounter on the interstate a couple of weeks ago. While driving down the interstate we passed a small box truck; the truck was advertising Dripping Springs Vodka. Hmmm. We’d never heard of it, so quickly googled it and noticed the distillery wasn’t be too far from where we would soon be AND they did tours, so seemed like it was meant to be!! We bought tickets and planned for a Saturday outing with my parents in Dripping Springs.
On our way to Dripping Springs, we passed through Wimberly. Wimberly was recently in the news with the horrific floods; it was where the woman made a call to her sister as the house floated down the river. Well, it was easy to see how powerful the water was and the devastation was still very visible. The water, however, not so much visible anymore, which really speaks to how quickly things can turn bad.
The guardrail was knocked out; trees pulled up everywhere.
We grabbed a quick lunch and had about an hour before the tour so we went to Texas Hill Country Olive Company to kill a little time. The building that houses the Olive Company is beautiful, surrounded by about 16 acres of (certified organic) olive trees and next to an open pasture with many cows grazing. Inside the building you can taste any of the oils or balsamic vinegars and in the back, they have a wine tasting area, where they had live music playing. We only had a little, but could have spent more time there…..in the back tasting room of course!!
The Texas Hill Country Olive Company
Olive trees....lots of them.
The main building.
And the tasting. Olive oil and balsamic.
We then headed to Dripping Springs Vodka for our 2:00 tour and we were pretty excited. Excited to see how vodka was made and hopefully find a new favorite Texas vodka.
The main building and cool guitar in the lobbly.
Patiently waiting for the tour.
Dripping Springs Vodka was the second micro distillery in Texas, the first was Tito’s, our current favorite vodka. The tour—led by (not-my-husband) Greg, was their first Saturday tour, and limited to 12 people, so it was nice and intimate. It’s really a pretty small operation and it really seems to be who they are. The vodka is micro-distilled in 50 gallon batches in proprietary handmade copper pot stills located out back. There are a total of only 15 copper stills, so limited production.
The 15 copper stills.
In the main building, they do most everything else including zesting all the orange for their orange vodka, bottling, packaging, etc.
Our tour guide, Greg.
And no, he's not holding a giant coffee filter; it's the carbon filter for the vodka.
This is where all the batches are put, waiting to be bottled.
The packaging and lableing line. Can handle all the different types of bottles.
And boxing up the bottles for shipment.
After the tour, which took about 30 minutes, we had a tasting. They have three vodkas and one gin and all tasted pretty darn good.
Notice, Greg is the first one at the tasting counter.
They've won a few different awards. This one just looked cool.
Total cost of the tour was $10 each and you got to keep the cute little shot glass. Could have been a bargain, but of course we had to purchase—for research purposes-- a couple of bottles for post-tasting tasting. It’s very important to see if Tito’s will remain our favorite vodka; stay tuned for the results.
As we wrap up our week, I’d be remiss if I left out one very important event. One that was fairly traumatic for both of us.
Oh...say it aint' so.
Two tags in Texas. Front and back.
Yep, we registered the Jeep in Texas. Was very sad taking our PA tags off and replacing them with Texas plates. Surprisingly, the process was very easy; easier than we anticipated. After a $7.00 inspection and trip to the Tax Assessor where we forked over $195, we had our tags.
And on another positive note, Greg declared now that he has Texas plates, he can now cross five lanes of traffic without putting his blinker on!! (They do drive a little crazy down here!!)
Kennedy gets a week off of from being tormented as she's at camp this week, so should be another low key week. Thanks again for following along.