Just when I thought our tree climbing days were over, I happened across a place in Canyon Lake where you can actually stay in tree house cabins. Hot dog! And, yes, it was every bit as cool as it sounds. So, over Spring Break we took the kiddos to Canyon Lake to stay in tree houses. Carla also came along with us.
We left Friday around noon for the three hour drive to Canyon Lake. Of course, we stopped at Buc-ee’s for the obligatory kettle corn and Icees . . . and soda, candy, gum, and PB crackers run. $25 later we were back on the road. It’s actually a really pretty drive once you get into New Braunfels.
Okay, can I express how much I love New Braunfels. It’s this quaint little German town nestled into . . . hmm, do I dare say mountains? Let’s just says hills. But, they are beautiful hills, lush, green, tons of trees, windy roads, lakes, rivers, and streams. Just gorgeous. The scenery only gets better as you drive towards Canyon Lake. I could totally live there.
Okay, back to the tree houses. They are so cute! The little cabins are built in the side of a ravine (i.e., “ditch”)* so the “tree houses” are actually supported by the limbs of the trees. We had our very own patio with a fire pit and BBQ grill with a hammock underneath. Very cool indeed.
We pulled in late Friday afternoon and man alive it was bitter cold outside. But once we got the heat going inside, we were roasty toasty. Hayley and Colin unpacked their little suitcases and took the loft upstairs. Hayley felt like it was her own little house up there and started decorating the place with all her belongings.
We grilled hot dogs outside on the BBQ for diner and then roasted marshmallows (i.e., “faun-farl-rolls”) and made s’mores for dessert. After we put the kids to bed, Clint, Carla, and I played Pictionary . . . and guess who won?!?! Yes, I finally won a game!!!! And then we watched a movie. It was the perfect evening!
The next morning we woke up and made pancakes and eggs. Sydney slept in until almost 10:00am. I couldn’t believe it! She’s such a little goodsie. And just when we thought we were headed to Sea World, we ran into two problems: 1) I forgot the strollers, and 2) It was 40 degrees outside with 20+ mph winds. Okay scratch Sea World, how about the New Braunfels Children’s Museum?!
We packed up, kissed our little place good-bye, and headed into town. The kids went camping and fishing, cared for newborns, went grocery shopping, opened up bank accounts, and even put on little astronaut costumes and rocketed into outer space. They had a blast! On the way home we stopped off at Chick-Fil-A and, again on the way home, the kids were perfect little angels. It was definitely the perfect way to start off Spring Break!
*Inside joke (ask me sometime).
And now I must admit something . . .
I think I may have accidentally deleted the photos. I’m pretty sick about it. I can’t find them anywhere!!! But thankfully, Clint was bright enough to take some video of our trip! So here goes:
[Clint, you’re up!]