Texas was grand, in the sense that all things seemed to be double in scale. Our first morning for breakfast we had a 3 lb. cinnamon roll (see what I mean). This trip was a tad strange. I was excited to travel to a new state, but once we were there together I just craved for us to be back in Indiana and experiencing our daily adventures.
Day 1: Schlitterbahn Water Park
I’m not normally a huge fan of waterparks (Ben loves any type of amusement park), but this one was a total twist compared to most. It was founded in 1979, so the original part of the park is pretty neat. All of the rides are fed with water from the Comal River. They have since added on an additional East Park that is more comparable to any other modern day waterpark, that is all included in one ticket and is one short bus ride away from the West (original) Park. I don’t have any pictures from Schlitterbahn, unfortunately, since our phones were in plastic bags for most of the day, but overall I would highly recommend this park if you are visiting Texas and are close to New Braunfels.
Day 2: Austin
We decided to take a little road trip to Austin (when going anywhere in Texas, it’s pretty much a road trip). On our way we stumbled upon the Tanger and San Marcos Outlets, which were absolutely amazing. We love outlets and good deals and there were endless amounts of stores. This was the perfect place for some great shopping. Our day in Austin was not well planned so we walked around the city for most of the day and ate some really good food. It was so hot I thought for sure we were going to melt right into the sidewalk.
Day 3: San Antonio
After checking the weather and storms being in the forecast, we postponed the beach trip and decided to stay in San Antonio on the third day. We had breakfast at the Guenther House and it may have been one of my favorite parts of the trip. The Guenther House is a restaurant nestled inside the former house of the founder of the Pioneer Flour Mill, which sits right on the river in San Antonio. It was beautiful inside and had the most amazing food.
We rested a lot on this day (which I must say I appreciated). We found some really good popsicles at Steel City Pops right before we visited Mission San Jose. Later in the evening we explored the River Walk and I had the most amazing guacamole of my life. I would highly suggest eating at Boudro’s and make sure to order the guacamole and prickly pear margarita’s!
Day 4: Corpus Christi/ Padre Island National Seashore
After about a 2 and a half hour drive we made it to the National Seashore. It was unlike anything I’ve ever been to before. We drove through endless dunes covered in grass until we reached the beach, which we literally drove onto. The beach goes on for 65 miles so as you can imagine it stretched as far as an eye could see. Cars lined the beach and fishers were the main population of the crowd. We made sand castles and swam in the warm waves. It was a dreamy kind of day, which it also happened to be the day of our 1 year anniversary. We got back into San Antonio just in time for Ben to catch the end of a golf tournament and me to get ready for a celebratory dinner. We walked to the market, which is an area of booths, restaurants, dancing and every color you could imagine. It was such an exciting and lively atmosphere. We had some amazing fajitas and margaritas and toasted to being married for 365 days.
Texas was fun, but mainly because I hadn’t seen Ben for 5 weeks and I would have reunited with him anywhere. I ate taco’s for almost every meal and wasn’t even mad about it, found some great Lululemon finds at the outlets, had many margarita’s to celebrate turning 21 the day before I left for Texas and made many more memories with my sweet husband.