After the U.S. finally allowed us back in the country, we continued on in boogie mode. We had a trip to Minnesota planned, flying out of Austin in a few days, and in that time we had to complete the purchase of our new boat, and get all the pics of the Airstream we could possibly need for the sale, the sale that we also needed to create a website for—and we needed to work the day job, play with the kids, and drive a few hundred miles in 100 degree heat, too.

Needless to say, this was not our most enjoyable week on the road.

Campgrounds in the States don’t seem to appreciate us hooking up our own swings. This was short-lived fun.

Putting our signatures to papers signifying one of the happiest day of a boat owner’s life. We all know what the second one is.

Gruene Hall. It was weird when we were driving over to Gruene we were looking around like, “Are we sure we’re going the right way?” Gruene is this old 1800s Texas town that was saved and revived a while back. The dance hall is from 1878. Point is, you think you’re going to visit an old town—which you are—but it is smack dab in the middle of miles and miles of hideous suburbs.

Regardless, Gruene Hall is a nice place to knock back a couple beers and let the kids run free. We’ve been here a couple times in the past, but always in the daytime. Seems like it’d be a lot of fun when the sun went down.

We also found time for an afternoon of floating down the Comal river. Rent a few tubes, jump in the water, and spend a couple hours floating through town. We had so much fun we took the bus back and jumped right back in for another trip.

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7 Comments on “Tex”

  1. Funny how he grins come out when you hit the water. Looking forward to seeing the new stinkpot. Y’all be well now, ya hear?

  2. Rules, Rules, Rules.

    Probably one of your most memorable posts, and one my kids chant often (although here we kind of live in Mexusa!) 😀

  3. Congrats on the first happy boat day, there will be at least that many more. Nice job juggling all the details, and your day job is going well as far as I can tell, I’m enjoying the results of it. Oh, and don’t forget any paperwork in the US for the traffic popo this time…

  4. Hi Pat and Ali and the Little Bums,

    This is something I just learned about and thought you might find it
    interesting, given your return to the Life Aquatic. It’s a handmade
    paddleboard and it’s a real work of art, to my eye . . . and it’s even
    produced in Minneapolis, of all places. It’s here:


    I love that you’re moving onto a trawler and I think you’re going to
    enjoy it immensely. 42′ is a lot of vessel, but given your experience
    with boats it’s nothing you won’t quickly master, I’m sure. Best of
    luck to you all in this new phase of your fascinating lives.

    Kind Regards,


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