For “Travel Tuesday”: Let’s visit New Braunfels, TX.
“to a little bit of old Germany smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. New Braunfels is the kind of old-fashioned town that makes folks feel right at home.
After all, in New Braunfels you can dine at bier gartens and dance to oompah music. Tube down cool, clear rivers or sail across deep, blue lakes.”
“Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country rests beautiful New Braunfels. Founded in 1845 by German settlers, New Braunfels is over-flowing with old world heritage and small town Texas charm. Visit New Braunfels' great museums, historic districts, and performing arts all with a walking tour. Have some fun in the sun on, and in, the Guadalupe River and Comal River, relax in the Gruene Historical District, or join in on any of Greater New Braunfels' exciting events.”
Wagenfuehr hand carved circus miniatures exhibit.
“Preserved by New Braunfels Conservation Society and located in the Buck Horn Barber Shop on San Antonio Street next to the Handy Andy grocery store is one of the most unusual antique craft exhibits I've ever seen.
The Wagenfuehr exhibit along with its back story illustrates through a child's eye what it would be like to run away and join the circus.
Included are other exhibits of rare antique toys, hand made wooden model ships and a big metal Erector Set ferris wheel to appeal to the child in all of us.”
Here are 31 videos for you to see:
Comal River, New Braunfels, TX
“Known as the "longest shortest river in the world" by locals (only 2.5 miles in length), the Comal River is a haven for tubing. As for diving, the current can be swift at times. But if you're into clean up projects, it's a great site. Just watch out for the tube shoots!
River Tubing is fast becoming one of the most popular
water activities in Texas as a refreshing way to stay
cool, have fun and socialize under the Hot Texas Sun!”
Dogs Love River Tubing Too!
”Hi, my name is Possum and I hang out at River Sports Tubes. Tubing on the Guadalupe River is one of my favorite pastimes, when I'm not chewing on a delicious bone or chasing squirrels. Come down and see me sometime, I'd love to meet you! Surf's up...Chow!”
The Texas Ski Ranch: 6700 IH 35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130
“The Texas Ski Ranch is a 70-acre action sports paradise that has something for everyone. Spend the day out on the cable lake wakeboarding and waterskiing, hit the skate park, rock climb or simply lounge around snacking on the best fish tacos in town with a Bulldog from Wahoo’s Fish Taco.” From: http://www.texasskiranch.com/more-tsr.html
A video of Texas Ski Ranch: http://www.youtube.com/user/texasskiranch
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark
Includes newest, longest ride in the world! Check it out.
“Take a tour of the massive Schlitterbahn waterpark resort in New Braunfels, TX, as shot by Screamscape during our tour of Texas attractions in early July 2011. You'll peek inside the resort and all three waterparks at the Master Blaster, Boogie Bahn, Raging River Tube Chute and much more! This truly is the best waterpark in the world.”
Then there is the Wurstfest:
November 2nd - November 11th 2012
What is Wurstfest? A Ten-Day Salute To Sausage!
“A unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun located in beautiful New Braunfels, Texas! Enjoy good fun, food, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.
A unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun. During the 10-day festival, you'll find a variety of entertainment, food and fun on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park and many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County.
Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is conveniently located on IH 35 between San Antonio & Austin. The Wurstfest grounds lie just inside Landa Park along the banks of the Comal River.
November 2nd - November 11th 2012 Wurstfest always starts on the Friday before the first Monday in November.”
On This Day:
Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, Oct 9, 1936:
“On this day in 1936, harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles.
Initially named Boulder Dam, work on the dam was begun under President Herbert Hoover's administration but completed as a public works project during the Roosevelt administration (which renamed it for Hoover). When it was finished in 1935, the towering concrete and steel plug was the tallest dam in the world and a powerful symbol of the new federal dedication to large-scale reclamation projects designed to water the arid West. In fact, the electricity generated deep in the bowels of Hoover Dam was only a secondary benefit. The central reason for the dam was the collection, preservation, and rational distribution of that most precious of all western commodities, water.
Under the guidance of the Federal Reclamation Bureau, Hoover Dam became one part of a much larger multipurpose water development project that tamed the wild Colorado River for the use of the growing number of western farmers, ranchers, and city dwellers. Water that had once flowed freely to the ocean now was impounded in the 115-mile-long Lake Mead. Massive aqueducts channeled millions of gallons of Colorado River water to California where it continues to this day to flow from Los Angeles faucets and irrigate vast stretches of fertile cropland.
With Hoover Dam, the federal government set out to demonstrate that the aridity of a region once called the Great American Desert need be no serious obstacle to its full settlement and development. However, as rapidly growing western cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix today face increasing difficulties in obtaining the water they need, it remains to be seen if the Great American Desert might still dictate its own limits to western growth.”
It started out with a big rush to get ready for the drive down to The Woodlands for my mammogram and bone density tests. I had to get the little kitten fed and settled, feed Misty and Prime, bathe and get dressed. Then I walked Misty down at Jay’s, as he wanted to go with me to visit the thrift shops down there.
We arrived early and were out of the hospital earlier than expected. We visited the Goodwill Store, but their prices were just as high as the one in Conroe. We went to the sister store of the Nearly New Thrift Shop in Conroe, but we didn’t buy anything. Finally we found the thrift shop that we had looked for the last time we were in The Woodlands. No wonder we couldn’t find it, it had changed names, didn’t even have ‘thrift’ in the name, and looked more like a lighting store. Jay was very happy to find two pairs of jeans in his size at $3 pair.
We stopped at The Woodlands Petsmart to see if they had anything different from our store, but they were out of the small cans of Kitten Replacement Milk, and the cans are only good for 72 hours after opening so I didn’t want a large can. So I bought a 3-pack of small cartons of Cat and Kitten Milk, not really what I wanted, but it does have taurine in it, which is so important for cats. We rushed back here, and I fed the little kitten before even taking Jay home.
The little kitten was getting stir crazy in the little box that it was in, so I dragged a big cage into the living room, and set it up on four 5-gallon buckets. Now it had room to roam around, and kitty condo to nestle inside, so it was happier. I put a tick-tock clock and some fuzzy toys in there, to simulate the noise and feel of littermates. It still hasn’t really got it’s sea-legs yet, and just wobbles around, but having more room should exercise it’s little legs.
Ray came over to see the new baby, and just loved it. I know he would love to have it, but he has two grown homeless cats that he feeds on another street that he is going to try to bring over here to live. He already has his “Cat From Hell’, and Blackie, so he doesn’t need to turn into an ‘old cat lady’! Ray said he would love to take care of the kitten, if I have to leave for a long time during the day.