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GALVESTON: Pleasure Pier | Pointe WestSan Luis Pass Beach
HOUSTON: Discovery Green | Chase Tower Sky Lobby
NEW BRAUNFELS: Lake Dunlap
WEST TEXAS: Balmorhea State Park | Big Bend National Park | Brownwood, TX | Guadalupe Mountains National Park | Palo Duro Canyon
OTHER: Lost Maples State ParkWinkelmann – A Ghost Town

 

Tucson, AZ (November 2014)
Sedona, AZ (December 2014)*
Antelope Canyon – Page, AZ (December 2014)*
Zion National Park – Utah (December 2014)*
Glacier National Park – Montana (August 2015)
*Plans are subject to change without notice. Please contact me to inquire about collaborations, sponsorships, and/or reviews.
Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona (March 2008)
Arches National Park – Moab, UT (March 2008)
Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado (March 2008)

Manoa Falls – Oahu, HI (October 2008)
North Shore – Oahu, HI (November 2008)
Turtle Bay – Oahu, HI (November 2008)
Germaine’s Luau – Oahu, HI (November 2008)
Jamaican Honeymoon (March-April 2009)
Walking Art Tour – Dallas, TX (January 2010)
Fredericksburg, TX (March 2010)
South Padre Island, TX (July 2010)
Virginia Beach, VA (March 2011)
Glastonbury, CT (August 2011)
Emma Long Park – Austin, TX (September 2013)
Ketchikan, AK (May 2014)
Misty Fjords National Monument – Alaska (May 2014)
Juneau, AK (May 2014)
Skagway, AK (May 2014)
Glacier Bay National Park – Alaska (May 2014)
Hoonah, AK (May 2014)
Stika, AK (May 2014)
Victoria, BC, Canada (May 2014)
Krause Springs – Spicewood, TX (July 2014)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – Oregon (August 2014)
Lost Lake – Oregon (August 2014)
Painted Hills – Oregon (August 2014)
Smith Rock – Redmond, OR (August 2014)
Tumalo Falls – Bend, OR (August 2014)
Cascade Lakes – Oregon (August 2014)
Crater Lake National Park – Oregon (August 2014)
Lemolo Lake – Oregon (August 2014)
Oregon Coast (August 2014)
Harry Potter World – Orlando, FL (October 2014)

LAKE DUNLAP | NEW BRAUNFELS, TX

My family has made a tradition of going on a family vacation every summer, whether it’s somewhere far or just a weekend getaway. Last year, we went to the Texas coast on the island of Galveston, the year before was our family trip to Puerto Rico, and the year before that was to Cape Cod.

This summer, we enjoyed a weekend getaway to New Braunfels, a small Texas river town, which is located 25 minutes northeast of San Antonio and 45 minutes south of Austin. We found a perfect house via HomeAway on a small lake called Lake Dunlap, which is derived from the Guadalupe River.

The house had enough beds for us all (13 of us), a kitchen, a grill, a small yard, and a private deck right on the riverbank. The deck featured an awesome rope swing AND a 12-foot-tall jumping platform. Even my 4-year-old nephew jumped off the platform. No fear at all!

We even had a party one day to celebrate a few of our birthdays, and invited friends who lived nearby. Everyone had so much fun grilling out, eating amazing food, floating on the river, jumping off the platform, swinging on the rope swing, throwing the frisbee, singing around the ukulele, playing boardgames, and just enjoying each other’s company.

I barely took any photos because of how much fun I was having with my family and friends! No regrets. :)

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[All photos were taken in June 2014.]