Trip Start Sep 27, 2010
34Trip End Mar 23, 2011
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Lazy L and L Campground and Store New Braunfels
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
It has been great to actually socialise with friends, go places together, have people 'over’ for dinner/drinks etc. but don’t worry Gill & Anita we just have more friends not instead of friends :) Just before Christmas Malc had some inspiration from one of the groups we had seen at the Gruene market (remember the girl "playing" a crutch?) and research found this to be a “new” musical instrument – an ugly stick watch this clip and all will be revealed! Anyhow before we actually leave and get back on the road again we need to fill you in on all the things we have been getting up to whilst we have been here. So here goes…
Are you sitting comfortably? Once upon a time Jack (aka Malc) and Jill (aka Betsy) went up the hill…literally.
Rodney & Margie our hosts – you will hear lots about them as they have been so gracious and generous in trying to make sure all their winter guests have a good time – asked some of us if we would like to visit their cabin ‘up on the hill’
Belmont – we had been introduced to this place by Rodney who took us and a dozen or so other campers in one of his school buses (he has 5 previously loved ones, along with 3 mini buses all used for ferrying ‘toobers’ back from their float down the Guadalupe river in the summer and many other vehicles too numerous to mention) to the Belmont Social Club. Now you could say this is nothing more than a large corrugated shed and in some respects that would be right, but put together a package of great food, good music and a wonderful atmosphere and you have so much more than a shed. Unfortunately the bus decided to be awkward and we had to cut the visit short as the alternator was playing up and Rodney didn’t want us to be stranded. However we did go back again with some friends and had a brilliant evening the following Friday night. One thing we have noticed about many of the venues around this area is that there is plenty of live music and no matter what the genre the audience is made up of young and old alike and everything in between including families. Where does that happen in the UK? Three generations enjoying a night out together? Not for a special occasion but just because that’s what they do - nice. In fact the two families that run this place had their children helping out, the triplets; 10 yr olds were polite and efficient.
Ice Hockey game
We were lucky enough to go to a Rampage Game at the AT&T Centre in San Antonio with friends Steve and Janis and her daughter Sally who lives in SA. Thanks you guys J (Apologies for the American accent) We have been to an Ice Hockey game before up in Halifax, but I have to say that this was rather more of a show – complete with all the razzmatazz you would expect here in the good old US of A. It wasn’t just a great game – close finish, Rampage narrowly beat the rivals from Oklahoma – but all through the evening there were little interludes to keep the crowd engaged. Like the pause in play when soft toys in the shape of the mascot (a bull) floated from the roof with vouchers attached down into the eager hands of the fans. Or when the mascot came out onto the ice and ‘fired’ T shirts into the audience, or when members of the public got to compete on the ice (no skates mind you) for the ultimate prize of a Harley…you get the picture. There was a reasonable crowd there, about 8000 or so and as there was a big football game the same night we thought that wasn’t bad. However the amount of gross fast food that was consumed almost continuously throughout was a bit off putting – sorry fans! Towards the finish, another goal would mean a treat for all the fans in more ways that one, said goal was scored so as we left the stadium everyone was given a voucher for Chick Fil A …yes fats food (until that typo, didn’t realise the significance to the spelling of fast when related to food) and yes we did use ours! Later this month this venue will host the SA Rodeo, we went when we were here before with Anita & Malc so we won’t be staying for this one.
During January the River walk in SA is routinely drained for maintenance and to clear the plethora of rubbish that accumulates in the water. Not just bottles and chairs as you might expect, but even sofas we are told! High spirits indeed. Anyhow we went to take a look and were astonished at how deep it is in places, as you can see some of the heavy trucks look small. Work being done includes scooping out the thick layers of mud and laying gravel in order to give the river ‘bed’ a more substantial bottom should anyone accidentally fall in! It seemed quite a big project, but was finished in less than two weeks.
Not far from the river is the old market square where there is what is said to be the largest Mexican market north of the border. It was certainly colourful if rather quiet the day we went.