Texas has water. I had no idea. Although… the “Lake” in Austin is actually a really long, thin body of water that stretches all the way from Colorado. May I be the first to suggest that this “Lake” is actually a– you guessed it– RIVER?
The kids and I climbed up to the top of Mount Barnell and took pictures of this long skinny “Lake” and attempted to shoot pictures of butterflies and collect the first flowers seen since Southern California.
Our gracious host also took us kayaking on the same “Lake.” My children were so excited to get to row and we decided to split them up. I went with my son and our host and her daughter went with my daughter.
My son proved to be an excellent rower and we were exploring and fearless in no time. We pondered at the fish and turtles and steered to avoid the low hanging trees. We got thoroughly wet and enjoyed the warm sunshine and a cool, moist escape from the unusually dry weather.
And then it happened.
My daughter dared my son to a race. And if you know my children, you also know they would rather die than lose.
My son was the stronger rower and twice attempted to overtake my daughter. And she wouldn’t have it. She purposely steered her kayak directly toward us in an attempt to topple us over and into the watery deep. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of our hostess she surely would have, much to the dismay of both adults involved.
Who actually won is debatable, but we all had a lot of fun in the attempts.