Photo taken near Monument Valley, Utah

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Splishin' and Splashin'

At KOA campground, South Padre Island, TX...

One of the benefits of being grandparents is delighting in the joy and excitement of your grandkids as they make new discoveries in the world around them. Schlitterbahn and the adjoining beach here on the gulf coast were met with wide-eyed disbelief, and the boys have had the time of their lives (as have their parents, I think). Worn completely out by the end of each day, the kids fall into bed unconscious but somehow manage overnight to rejuvenate for another breathless adventure the next day. Oh, to have such energy and resilience at our age!

Having a room at the Schlitterbahn resort entitles guests to a discounted pass to the water park and beach area during their stay and, although the hotel is a bit pricey, the convenience of having immediate access to your room at all times is worth the cost, in our opinion.

When I was growing up, these water parks hadn't been invented yet. Our "water park" was Crystal Lake, a small fee-based swimming spot near Carthage in deep east Texas. We used inner tubes, diving boards and platforms and a zip line, and we actually had to swim to avoid drowning! We had a great time, not knowing what we were missing in these elaborate parks.

A great time was had by all and, at the end of the day, we got to enjoy a beautiful sunset!

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I do not appreciate it enough each day.

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