Last Thursday Rachel had her Junior prom. She looked so pretty. We found a beautiful dress (on sale!) and I got to fix her hair this year.
Is this really my little girl who is almost 17?
Her boyfriend rented a limo and they met friends for dinner at Cheesecake Factory. But before leaving they had to get some pictures with his dad's guns as a joke. In case you're wondering, Rachel is around 5'8" or 5'9".
The very next morning we got ready for a road trip to the hill country. I had a deal from Living Social for a place called Foxfire Cabins. It was a much needed weekend away but I had to adjust to not having my phone or internet service or TV. Totally unplugged! *gasp*
The cabin was a small two bedroom but had plenty of room and was a great price. Notice there is no tv? I tried to use the square object on the left as a tv. hahaha Joking.
A small kitchenette with everything needed to cook dinner and breakfast.
Both bedrooms looked like this. Our room had a door that opened onto the porch.
Ahhhh. Time to relax and let all the cares just slip away.
The view from the porch included a gorgeous view of a hill. At night the stars were so bright. We could see constellations, a shooting star and a satellite move slowly across the sky.
The veiw from the front of the cabin. That little road leads to the river. They had a swingset, horseshoes, basketball court and fishign poles you could borrow.
After being on the road all day, we all slept very soundly that night. Some weren't in any rush to get up the next morning. Charlie slept late.
Chuck made a healthy breakfast of a triple decker grilled cheese with a fried egg and bacon. Yum!! Heart healthy for sure. One does not question the menu when someone volunteers to cook.
One place that we try to make a habit of visiting on the rare occasion that we come this way is the Lost Maples Cafe. It's a little dive in the town of Utopia that serves great food and homemade pies.
After dinner the weather was perfect and the sun started to set so we went out to get some pictures. Unfortunately the pictures don't do it justice. It's something you have to see in person. It's so beautiful!
I admit it. At first I was having trouble unwinding from the pressures of daily life. Where was my internet and phone, etc?! But as the sun set I could feel everything just fade away and all that was left in its place was peace and serenity.
You have to see it in person to feel it. And the air smells sweet here. This is on a scenic drive between Vanderpool and Leakey.
It's a happy place for all of us. As we drive through the hills and the sun sets, the cool breeze and sounds of crickets and frogs do their jobs of washing away every care. The only thing we feel is this moment and it's perfection.
The rivers have crystal clear water and smell sweet. You can see the fish swimming. But it's also very cold water! It's not called Frio for nothing!
Cypress trees line the rivers. Can you tell that I love this area?
Sometimes we just sit for hours skipping rocks.
We went swimming in the clear waters Saturday and looked for fossils buried in the riverbed.
A popular activity here is tubing the river. We didn't get to do that this time. Guess I'll have to come back. Oh darn!
I would LOVE to live around here.
We found some pretty good fossils. All of these are shells and the insides of ancient clams.
We did have a little scare Saturday morning. Charlie went missing! We searched and yelled. He was supposed to be down by the water. We were terrified that he had drowned somehow. Eventually we found him. He had been exploring. After our knees and hands stopped shaking we explained to him why he must always tell us exactly where he is going to be!
Saturday night we sat around the fire and listened to Marty Robbins and watched fireflies flash in the dark. It was a perfectly relaxing evening.
Sunday it was time to leave. None of us were ready to go yet. But it was time to head back home. We took our time and stopped to see some historical markers.
People are just dying to get in there!
I even found a geocache by accident. Cool!
Even found a rough earth snake at the cemetery! (Yes, I need a manicure.)
So much history we just drive past usually. It was interesting to stop and take the time to read and learn. Or maybe we were just putting off leaving.
We made it home safely and slept good in our own beds and made plans to visit again as soon as possible.
This trip was much needed. Sometimes it's good to get away and unplug from the world. It's not easy. I wish I could bring the people I care about with me to enjoy it too.
Hope your weekend was relaxing as well.
Is there any place you like to go to unwind from it all?