Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Floating the Guadalupe

Last week we took advantage of the "off-season" rates in New Braunfels and we stayed two nights by the river. I used to do this with my family all the time as a kid, so I really wanted to do this with my family before we left for Indonesia.
This is Daniel and the kids walking down the path to the pool and river.
This is the view of the condos from the pool. It was so much nicer than we expected, and we were so excited to get away for a few days.

The water was pretty cold in the river, but the kids didn't seem to notice. They splashed and had fun!

Reece by a really big tree!

The pool had a beach entry, which was nice because the kids could splash around with out us actually getting in because the water was freezing cold!!! The second day, I did get in with Reece for a long time, but it was frigid. I must really love that girl! :)

Having fun, being silly.

Joe was not a huge fan of being cold.

The second day, we rented a raft and floated the Guadelupe river! The weather was so amazing and there was only one other person on the river the whole way (a man fishing). We were going to rent tubes, but the raft worked out so much better for the kids. They were able to move around a little bit and snack a lot! The people we rented the boat from told us that it could take up to 8 hours to get to the pick up point and we did not think our kids would make it 8 hours! We paddled most of the time (with a couple breaks to let the kids splash around) and it only took us a little over 3 hours.

Joe was a little grumpy during some of the boat ride. I think it may have been because he was a little scared of moving around on the boat so he just stood still for a long time and wouldn't move. He eventually warmed up to the long as he had a snack in hand!

Mommy saying, "Don't smile! Don't smile!" and, of course, he did!

Reece was SOOO excited that the lady at the boat rental place had a pink flower life jacket for her to borrow!

Taking a break splashing in the freezing water. We were trying to see how far out we could make it in the cold. Reece made it farther than me!

Taking a rest. I thought they might feel asleep, but we came up on some rapids, so things got too exciting to rest.

Woo-hoo! We made it to the end! The float trip was such a peaceful trip. I think this was the most fun family vacation we've had yet! We also got to spend some time in a cute little town near-by.
We are so thankful for this time we had together!


Rob and Karina Barber said...

Glad you had a fantastic time as a family. :)

Lindsee said...

That is exactly where I stayed this past June for my friend's birthday weekend. It was cold water that weekend, so I can only imagine how chilly it must have been last week! But, it looks like y'all had a great time!

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