I decided to celebrate my birthday this year by going on vacation for a few days. If I hadn’t had personal business to take care of I would have gone south to explore but I figured a day or two at my favorite waterpark in my home base of New Braunfels would make up for the disappointment. As it was, I got out a day late when the person who was to sub for me at the gate got stuck elsewhere.
On the way to New Braunfels, I stopped off to take care of the main personal issue and get that out of the way. Let the fun begin! I whipped through the Goodwill in New Braunfels to drop off the old inkjet printer and a bunch of VHS movies I wanted to get rid of to make more room for my food storage projects. Then on to check into the Redroof Inn. It’s not a fancy motel and the free breakfast leaves a lot to be desired but the rooms are clean, in order, cheap, and located in the heart of prime shopping and eating territory as well as close to Schlitterbahn. Usually I pay a little extra for their Superior King inside rooms with microwave oven, refrigerator, and computer desk work area but this time I thought I would try the peon quarters with outside entrance. I won’t be making that mistake again. The room while adequate had a bed that was hard as a rock and the maid kept making it up with the blanket only coming up to my waist. What is the point of a blanket that doesn’t cover your shoulders at night?! I did miss the size of the other rooms and the other amenities too. I’ve gotten spoiled.
On Friday, I scavenged a blueberry muffin and pastry from the breakfast at the motel then went to Schlitterbahn. Only one of the two parks was open and half that parking lot was empty. I got there later in the morning but so did everyone else it seemed due to the morning cold. At least the water was heated as promised. I saw the slide tower was empty for once so I made a beeline for it. Instead of having to wait 90 minutes per ride in season, I got on in 10 minutes easy. Of course, I had to climb the tower first which was a feat in itself. I climbed that high tower several times and got on all 3 of the slides finally. I can now state without a doubt that Master Blaster is the best. The others are nice but not in its league. Master Blaster is an uphill waterslide in big rafts. Very fast, wet, thrilling, and cool.
The only other attractions that were open were the hot pool which felt very good on a cool day and the wavy Torrent River. It goes around and around like a lazy river but has high waves going through it so don’t get too lazy.
Instead of my usual turkey leg I had a Bahn Burger and waffle fries for lunch. Good Lord! That thing was a huge double decker. It filled me up so much that I skipped both dinner and breakfast afterward. It was delicious but I think I’ll stick with the turkey leg in the future.
After Schlitterbahn, I went to Camping World for parts. I didn’t find everything I was looking for but did find the replacement for the light under the front of my 5th that I somehow broke. I renewed my Good Sam Membership there for two years on a special offer to get a $25 gift certificate (one year’s member fee) back. Out in the parking lot, I realized I locked my keys in the car and didn’t have a spare in my purse though I usually do. OOPS! Some people celebrate birthdays with parties and cakes. I celebrate by locking my keys in my truck. Ha ha! It was fun though calling Good Sam Emergency Road Service and telling them I was safe and located at their place in their parking lot (Good Sam owns Camping World). Half an hour later, Pop-A-Lock showed up and had it open in less than 10 seconds. Of course, doing the paperwork took longer. LOL
Saturday was shopping day for all the little things on my big city shopping list and to scout out options for new projects I’m working on. I scored much better that day and sure got my exercise even though I couldn’t get out of bed until 11am and had a little bit of sunburn. I tried to go to the cinema in the evening but the parking lot was full. I noticed it was still full the next day. Geez! Is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” really that good?
Sunday, my last full day, I finished the shopping and scouting then went back to Schlitterbahn for the afternoon. Ahhh. One last Master Blaster ride, some time in the hot pool, and the rest riding the waves on the river. I still had some energy when I finished so I went for a drive through Landa Park. Every time I tried to go before they were busy remodeling or something so this was my first time. The park was full of families having Easter picnics and egg hunts. It’s really quite lovely. The lake was covered with folks in paddle boats ($3 to rent). Lots of kids were wading in the Wading Pool area of the river. Some folks were playing miniature golf or volleyball. The Olympic pool was not open. I rode the little train around the park for $3 and paid for a couple kids whose Mom didn’t bring cash. Then I took a long walk through the park to smell the charcoal and burgers. Unfortunately, my pitiful dog act didn’t work to score me a hot BBQ burger. So sad…
Monday I checked out of my room then went grocery shopping to take them home with me. The last thing I did before heading out of town was pickup the portable generator I bought. No way was I going to leave that unattended while shopping or sleeping so I left it for last.
Home again, home again, jiggedy jig. I should mention that my GPS tried to take me off the I35 freeway both going and coming again even though my gate and New Braunfels are close to it. I’m on to that stupid game. It loves to try and get me to go on two lane farm roads and through a major mall area with lots of traffic. The distance may be a little shorter but it definitely ain’t faster. I ticked her off by ignoring her until she decided to go my way instead. Aar! Aar! Aar!