Monday, June 29, 2009

Texas... Austin, San Antonio, and In-between

This past weekend I drove down to Texas to see some of my old college friends from BYU for our 2009 annual reunion. They are amazing people, and I feel so lucky to have some of the greatest friends. This year we stayed at Tyler's parent's new home in the hills of central Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. I had never been to this part of Texas, so I was enthusiastic about experiencing what it had to offer, even in the 100+ degree heat!
I arrived into Austin a few hours before the first plane got in, so I spent some time touring the University of Texas. I enjoy exploring college campuses when I get the chance. The rest of the trip was full of highlights: visiting the small town of Fredericksburg, a night out on the town in Austin, digging a trench and laying pvc pipe down, tubing down the Comal River near the Gaudalupe in New Braunfels, walking the Riverwalk in San Antonio and visiting the Alamo. As well good food, good conversation, and good fun relaxing.

Will add some group photos when I get them.

Monday, June 8, 2009

My First Cruise!

During the first week of June I went on a cruise on Royal Caribbean with my whole family! It was such a fun experience. We departed from Los Angeles and cruised up the Pacific coast to San Francisco, Victoria, and Seattle. We all met up Saturday evening and stayed at a hotel near the port. Then after going through a few lines Sunday got onto the ship and headed straight for the food. There were many highlights on the cruise. The port-0f-calls were fun to visit. First time in San Francisco and Canada (Victoria, BC), and Seattle is always nice...when it isn't raining. Actually our two best weather days were in Seattle and Canada: 80's and sunny! The food was also great, from the cafe promenade to the windjammer buffet and the evening dinners in the dining hall. I also enjoyed the many shows around the ship, especially the game shows with guest participants. The best crew-cast show I thought was the ice skating show - under the big top. And it was great to just be around my family and enjoy their company and see how weird they can be sometimes. haha.