Inaugural HGR
A Day on Canyon Lake

Floating the Comal and Going Gruene

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Being the earliest riser of the House clan, I was the first one up that Friday morning of our weekend HGR and could not believe who greeted me when I went to make my coffee!

That dang cat is everywhere!


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Mark had planned a morning outing for us all, floating down the Comal River. So after a lovely breakfast compliments of Barb and John, we got ready to go.

When in Texas, everyone must have a hat to wear. Mark had a selection for those who didn't come prepared...


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Hola, my numero uno amigo!


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Alli...

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Mark was proudly sporting yet another black eye (his opposite eye was black when he visited me in June) from a jujutsu encounter. We keep telling he's too old for such nonsense, but he never did listen to me...


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Ethan...


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Me and Maria (my goodness, Terry...fix that hair! But yes, I did wear a hat too)...


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Wyatt. Every time I see him, he looks more and more like a young version of Dad...


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Seanna is sure she was born to be a Texan...


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Austin and John...


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Blaise could not join us on the river as she had a late morning appointment. Behind her on the wall is the photo of her own younger version, little Blaise before she became teenager Blaise. Same gorgeous smile!

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Because it's such a popular way to cool off from the intense Texas summer heat, we arrived at Landa Falls Park right when it opened in order to beat the crowd...


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...where we checked in...


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...and picked up our floaties.


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And, as my sister Barb often says, "like a herd of turtles" we were off!

 

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The Comal River is one of the shortest rivers in the US. Because it has a rocky bottom, the water is clear and very clean.


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We put all of our stuff in this big waterproof duffle bag and tried to somewhat stay together.


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Kim, however, prefered to do his own thing and not be tied to us. Such a rebel!


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Photo credit to Barb...several of the river photos were taken by her, including this one of Alli and me.


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All is well with the House-man...


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Maria!

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Barb, John, and Austin...


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Austin & Wyatt...

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About halfway down the river, there are some falls. 

Some of us got out and walked around, but some decided to ride the rapids.

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Barb was the volunteer hat-holder...


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Seanna...


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Maria...

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...down the chute...

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Woopsie!!!

That is why I opted not to ride the rapids... But Maria is braver and more adventurous (and younger!) than I am!

 

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Back in the water...


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Some boys never grow up!


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Such a fun, relaxing morning...just chillin' in the Comal River.

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We even saw some deer on the banks...


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When we got to the getting-out spot, we waited for a shuttle bus to take us back to our cars.


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Such a fun morning! After all that hard work floating, we needed a nap!

 

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That evening we went to the nearby town of Gruene, a charming touristy place with shops, a nice restaurant, and lots of people!


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The famous Gruene Dance Hall where country music definitely reigns. The windows are open and the music fills the streets all evening long.


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Maria and Seanna...


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We, along with everyone else in town, caroused the General Store and antique shops...mostly because they were air-conditioned...while we waited for our table at the Grist Mill Restaurant.


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John and Kim were clearly thrilled with the hour-long wait...

 

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The Grist Mill waiting area...the place to be on a hot Texas night!


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But the wait was worth it! The meal was delicious and the company was the best imaginable. A fine ending to a wonderful day!

Floating the Comal and going Gruene.

 

Comments

Terri Chapman

Oh my - we saw this when we were there!! Love that you got yo do it and share your pics....Thanks !!

Mark

Awesome!

Karolyn Maria Langford

Love those photos & smiles

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