Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer Groovin'

We love to take our RV to camps located on Texas rivers. It is the only way to tolerate the hot Texas sun. All we have to do is get into the water when we can't stand the heat any longer. We have been doing plenty of that this past week.
Each year, one of our first trips of the summer is to New Braunfels and the Guadalupe River. We are still here, but I thought I'd share a few pictures I've taken since arriving last Tuesday.Much to our surprise, the river IS still flowing. The water level is a little low, but perfect for sitting in a lawn chair right smack dab in the middle, if you like. On Tuesday night, we made a run into Gruene to eat dinner, as it was our 23rd wedding anniversary.
I love this guy! He is the best!
Melanie gave this birdhouse to us several years ago at Christmas. It goes with us on every RV trip.
Just below our camp is this wonderful water falls. Maybe we will be closer to it next year, as it is just so relaxing to sit outside each morning, drink our coffee and listen to the cold rushing water of the Guadalupe.

While in Gruene, we stop in one of my favorite antique stores in Texas. Gruene Antique Company, located in downtown Gruene, is housed in a building built in 1903 by Henry D. Gruene. It was a place where tenant farmers could buy their wares and do business on the weekends.
Since 1986, the antique shop has filled the large center room of the building which once held dry goods for sale, and the east wing which housed Gruene's original bank vault (pictured above). The shop is now packed full of vendors and their antiques.

Yes, I did bring a box of tools and jewels. I am always working on a project or two. I have much going on in my world. Perhaps a class submission or two....I like it that way.


Charlene said...

Oh I have been to Gruene MANY times! And I love it too. Did you eat at The Grist Mill? The restraunt behind the Gruene Mansion B&B was built by a family friend (named Dennia) years ago. He has since sold it & built a new place in Burene. How long have you guys been RV fans? We are just starting to talk about getting a 5th wheel. ???? I am not much of a camper but, we like to travel & the cost of hotels, flights, & rent cars is astounding. As retirement gets closer... we think we might like to try this style of travel.??????? Who knows. Happy Annv. You two make a cute couple!

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

You really are an adorable couple! Have fun enjoying the water. I'm jealous!

sharon said...

Lovely photos Diane! The antique store ones make me crazy to look at!! Hope your having a good time!

Cindy said...

Hi Diane
I didn't realize you were traveling...and celebrating your 23rd anniversary! Aww...what a wonderful picture of you two. So sweet. I'm glad you're enjoying beautiful sites, antiquing, making some jewelry, and enjoying dinner out...the perfect vacation! :-)

Riki Schumacher said...

Happy 23rd Diane! Good for you guys. Look forward to meeting your sweetie some day. Ooooh, love those cabinet cards! Love the necklace you're making, lovely! The river looks beautiful, so peaceful. Sorry it's so dang hot there!

Sylvia Ballerini Jewellery said...

Congrats on the event of your anniversary - an achievement to celebrate. You both take a great photo.Would love to stop and ponder inside that antique store. Thank you for the scenic shots, from an Aussie.

Unknown said...

I'm originally from New Braunfels...we love to go out to Gruene Hall for some live music!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Your blog is very interesting, lovely art and photos and a fantastic journey too by the sounds of it!

Deborah Truesdell said...


Nice to see you enjoying the wonderful waterways of Texas! We've heard how hot it has been out your way and you and your honey look like you are holding just fine! Your time at Stephanie's looks like it was a blast! Glad to see you having a fun summer! I love the little bird feeder trailer!!!!


A bird in the hand said...

You are such a cute couple!

Deryn Mentock said...

Oh...lucky you! Looks like a wonderful time.

dd, melanie. said...

Glad the 'love bugs' didn't turn out to be 'mud bugs!' 'Water bugs' have way more *fun*!
Love you two so much!! Happy anniversary!