March 31, 2015

March.15

Adventures this month:
  • Charleston Mother-Daughter Trip
  • An awesome, busy spring break... I went to Charleston while Matt painted our bedroom and worked on his dissertation, then we checked out the new Nebraska Furniture Mart and cool little Lone Star Taps & Caps Beer Store, went camping at Colorado Bend State Park, and I hosted Junior League book club at my house for Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah - whew & fun!
  • Fredericksburg Sorority Weekend
  • Plus open house and another snow day at work, Collin County Gardening Show, and time in the yard getting things ready for spring (new herbs and ferns in the pots, weeding, and replacing a few plants that didn't survive the winter)
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March 30, 2015

Fredericksburg Girls Weekend

For my 3rd (!) vacation of March I headed south to cute little Fredericksburg for an impromptu sorority reunion. A few sorority sisters decided to head to the hill country, invited everyone on Facebook, and the next thing you know we had 3 houses and 22 Tech alums together for the weekend.
 We walked the town and enjoyed meals at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, Altdorf Biergarten, and Old German Bakery. The highlight was, of course, the two chartered busses that drove us down the 290 Wine Trail all afternoon: Four Point WineWilliam Chris VineyardsSister Creek Vineyards, with a final stop in Luckenbach.
I think it's fair to say we had F-U-N.
Next time we won't wait so many years between reunions!

March 15, 2015

Colorado Bend State Park

After my getaway to Charleston, we spent the second half of spring break camping and hiking @ Colorado Bend State Park this year.
The park's rep as one of Texas's finest did not disappoint: great hikes, camping right on the river (it's always full, be sure to get a reservation), scenic Gorman Falls, and starry skies. You really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, and somewhere special, at Colorado Bend.
 
Bonus: We found a winery on our hunt for silverware (first time forgetting that at home) and ice cream. Alamosa Wine Cellars was perfect for an afternoon break, check it out if you're in Bend.

March 12, 2015

Charleston Birthday Trip

After celebrating my dad's 60th by hiking last year, my mom celebrated with a special birthday trip to Charleston, South Carolina this year. We headed east for 4 days over my spring break. Poor Maggie had to stay home and have surprise gallbladder surgery instead - we missed you! 

We spent a lot of time walking, driving, and taking in the sights of this great old town. The food was all wonderful, old houses were everywhere, and we figured out why people always talk about renting beach houses on the coast - so pretty, I'd love to go back.
We enjoyed...
  • Checking out the beach houses on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan's Island
  • Fresh seafood at Fleet Landing right over the water (blackened shrimp with pimento cheese grits!)
  • Sunday service at St. Philip's Episcopal Church (with preppy bowties on all the guys) 
  • Hipster brunch at Kitchen 208, monkfish and fish and chips at Pearlz, and she-crab soup and boiled peanut salad at snazzy Magnolia's
  • Riding the free city trolley and walking the town through waterfront park and battery park 
  • Touring the Calhoun Mansion full of wild art and antiquities 
  • Shopping at the City Market, King Street's 2nd Sunday festivities, and the Austin-like Ashley Forest area
  • Great tours at the Boone Hall Plantation Tour, Charleston Tea Plantation, Drayton Hall, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - all a little different and neat
 
Back to Texas (after several hours of waiting in an under-construction-airport and a flight delay)
Happy Birthday Mom - Thanks for a great trip!