Sunday, July 06, 2008

Texas Adventure Day 2 Recap: The Beach House

Texas adventure continues...

The next morning Jacob, Josh, Christina, the baby and I got breakfast tacos at Taco Deli. Something you definitely don’t get in New York! I got a bacon, egg and cheese one in a flour taco and some delicious strawberry/orange fresh squeezed juice. We sat outside to eat, which was really pleasant.

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After breakfast we headed out of Austin and toward the town of Kingsland, Texas where Jacob’s family has a lake house.The trip took about an hour and we got to stop at Dairy Queen. I love Dairy Queen and never am able to get it in New York so that was quite a treat.

Soon afterwards, we arrived at the house. They've dubbed it "The Beach House" as their last name is "Beach." :)

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I love the layout of the place. It's done in a southwestern/Mexican kind of style. The bottom floor is all open – sort of giving it an indoor/outdoor feel. I felt like we'd just arrived at some luxurious bed and breakfast.

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It’s set on four and a half acres and has lake access where they keep the boat.

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Up at the house they just installed a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The pool will eventually be a salt water pool, which is better for the environment, but they hadn’t added the saline yet.

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We dropped off our stuff in Jacob’s room and headed to the kitchen to help his mom prepare our 4th of July meal. He and I made pico de gallo while his sister Valerie made the guacamole and her boyfriend fired up the grill. Valerie had bought her dad this special machine called The Margarator – which basically is a giant margarita maker. So we changed into our bathing suits and Jacob worked the machine’s magic, whipping up some strawberry margaritas.

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Then it was time for a swim!!

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Jacob and I were feeling very relaxed and very far from New York!

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Meanwhile, Jacob’s dad cooked us some delicious barbeque on a grill called a “smoker”. I don’t exactly understand the details, but it was some really fine barbeque! Ribs, steak tacos, sausages – yum, yum, yum! I was too busy eating to remember to take a picture of the food, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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After dinner, we lazed around, playing games and poker and then going outside to watch the fireworks from across the lake. All in all, it was a perfect day and felt a little bit like paradise. I was sad to leave the next morning and start the drive to Dallas. But we had things to do, people to see!

Stay tuned for day three – coming soon!


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