like a german water world
spent the weekend in New Braunfels. camped the airstream under I35 right on the river. we were bridge trolls.
nestled all cozy between I35 and I35 frontage road, we were.
the kids came up with this one, it's an "ear-foam", "not eye-phone". they took turns having imaginary conversations on it.
trying to eat more meals at the airstream, we mangaged to grill up a side of fresh sockeye salmon and it was good!
made friends with the river/bridge ducks. shared biscuit crumbs with them we did.
make to the new section of schlitterbahn by the 10 AM opening time, we did not. crowded when we got there it was. and, it got at least 2x as crowded a few hours later. (pic above is the early less crowded version). this was our first time at the new section. it's more like most water parks, it would otherwise be a parking lot if not for the fiberglass tubes and chlorinated water. we still managed to make the best of it and all had a good time.
we found delicious german food, good german fun, and fantastic german beer in new braunfels. pretzels were not so good but the rest of it made up for their pretzel failure.
the MC had selected me to participate in the bavarian hat dance, but then he found I was supporting a sleeping 3 y.o. baby so I escaped my chance to dance.... or swap hats w/ a bunch of other guys.
real german-esque dorks too.
"PROSIT!... Friesenhaus is wonderbar!... ziggy zakky, ziggy zakky, oi! oi! oi!"
LOOK! it's #1 son on the alphorn! he did a great job!
water shoes are nearly disposable. hoping to find replacements at HEB. trying to find the PERFECT shoe at a grocery store can be frustrating for the perfectionist, and burdens the patience of those willing to settle and move on with the evening. the daughter kept asking me, "how long have we been here now?" I just rolled my eyes and knew enough not to say too much.
day two, we made it to the original schlitterbahn at 9.30! we had our choice of picnic tables and #2 son got to floating in his tube right away. we enjoyed many rides with virtually no lines. later in the day the lines did get long, but we already got our tubing done. where the original schlitterbahn differs from most water parks is the old oak tree shade and real river water, not recirculated treated water. the place is situated on a hillside along the comal river. you ride a tube down concrete tube chutes along many pools and falls. good fun!
no waterproof digital camera on this trip, but pics from our visit last year show the park like setting around the tube chutes
let the kids play in the smaller pools in the afternoon.
I love working that little grill. notice the roasted corn underneath. kat says she no longer wants to eat corn any other way than roasted over the fire.