The Longdogs

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Spring Break Almost Broke

This was the Spring Break that had us going to Plan B every time we turned around. We picked up the kids on Friday thinking that we had a huge surprise for them. My DIL has been working a temporary assignment in Washington D.C. and she and Steve bought plane tickets to take the kids up there as a big surprise. The plane ride plus all the sights they planned to see were a pretty big deal. They were supposed to fly out on Tuesday and we weren't going to tell the kids until I dropped the kids and Steve off at the airport. Saturday they wanted to go to Bussey's big flea market. Sunday we all went to the book store because it was rainy. Sunday, the bottom dropped out and all the flights were cancelled for Tuesday because of the big snow storm scheduled to hit the east coast on Monday night. It hit! Hmmmm. Helen tried to get the tickets rescheduled for Wednesday but all the people that got notified first had already grabbed them. It just wasn't worth it to wait until Thursday to go. Sooooo, we started to think of what else we could do. I tried all the state parks around here to try and get a camping spot but that was a no go. Everything had been booked for ages. So we just tried to find things to do each day.

Steve told the kids what happened and I think he was even more disappointed than the kids although they would have loved to fly and see everything. Of course, Helen has been up there working since the 1st of February so that was another side issue for Steve.

Anyway, Tuesday we headed over to Six Flags to get some use out of our season passes. It took us quite a while to get there as traffic was at a crawl due to an accident. Once we finally got there, the parking lot was fuller than we have ever seen it.....all the way out to the road. We drove closer to the actual entrance and there was a line of people over a block long just waiting to get into the park. Scratch that idea. The kids were fine with that as they could see the line too. We ended up spending the afternoon up at Gruene which the kids also enjoyed. Wednesday is a blur right now but I know we did something.

Thursday we headed back to Six Flags early so we would be there when they opened at 10:30AM. We got in without much of a delay at all. Steve and Cameron headed off to the big rides like the Iron Rattler while Morgan and I headed further back into the park. We were really looking forward to riding the train.  It was shut down.....hmmmm.....that happened the last time we were here to so we went on further back. Morgan drove the bumper cars.

Cameron and Steve caught up to us there. The lines for the big rides were huge and not moving fast at all. Since the huge crowds hadn't arrived yet, that was kind of hard to understand. Steve rode on the planes with Morgan.

We all hit the Merry-go-round several times. Morgan was in her element and Cameron was being a good sport.


Cameron opted out of the swings saying they make him sick and I knew they were not for me.

They all rode the Ferris Wheel but I couldn't manage to catch a shot of that.

Friday rolled around and we headed up to Enchanted Rock. We went through Fredericksburg and on a couple of miles further. Then we saw a big sign with flashing lights. Flashing lights with a notification that Enchanted Rock was closed. At least we didn't have to drive the next 14 miles to get there and another 14 miles to get back to Fredericksburg. The park gets closed when the parking lot is full and it isn't all that big. It was only 10:00 AM but Spring break you know. We were disappointed that we didn't get there even earlier but I read after that the park was closed by 8:30AM every day of Spring Break. Anyway, we spent the rest of the day back in Fredericksburg. The kids enjoyed that a lot and I love going to Fredericksburg. We had lunch at a restaurant with outside seating since Angus was with us. He was so good even thought there were tons of people and lots of dogs. Of course, he's never met a dog he doesn't like.

Saturday. the kids wanted to go to the Farmers Market at New Braunfels. They have booths with vegetables but lots of other booths too. Cameron and Steve had tamales. Morgan had some homemade yogurt that you drink from a booth she really likes. I had a fresh croissant and coffee.

Lots of people bring their dogs so of course Angus was with us. They have a band playing music, booths with crafts, food, vegetables, etc., so it is a great family event.

About the time we were ready to leave, I remembered it was the third weekend of the month which meant it was Market Days in Gruene so we headed on out there and checked out all the activity there too.
 
Steve and Helen put so much planning into making this a really special Spring Break but Mother Nature intervened. I guess it was just as well they couldn't get the tickets rebooked because the high was about 40 degrees out there all week and neither Steve or the kids have clothes for that kind of weather. We scrambled for fun stuff to do all week and even then we had to go the Plan B several times. It all worked out okay in spite of everything and the kids both said they had a fun week. I know I really enjoyed the extra time with them.

1 comment:

  1. We try not to do anything during spring break. Everything is so crowded. But it sounds like you had some great back up plans and the kids had a whole lot of fun.

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