For the longest time, Megan and Claire (aka my two best friends!) and I have been wanting to go on a girls trip together. Whether it was a weekend in Dallas or driving all the way down to the beach, we wanted to do something big before we all head back to school for our senior year of college (!!!). Finally, after weeks of debate and planning, the weekend we’d been waiting for had finally arrived, and it was off to San Marcos!
Of course, we had to make a few stops along the way! Our first stop was in West to buy some breakfast. We stuffed ourselves silly with kolaches from one of the Czech stops, where luckily the wait was super short. I ended up buying one sausage-and-cheese kolache as well as a cherry one. They were both excellent, so good that I didn’t even have time to take a picture before they were gone.
Our next stop was in Waco, where we visited Magnolia Silos, otherwise known as Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home decor shop. Everything in the shop was absolutely adorable, from the decorative wreaths to the succulent plants. They also had a bakery, a garden area, and an outdoor area filled with food trucks. It was all super cute, but I would definitely recommend stopping by on a cooler day!
After that, it was a straight shot to San Marcos. We ran into a little bit of traffic, but taking turns being the DJ was a great way to pass the time. Once we arrived in San Marcos, we checked into the hotel and relaxed for a bit before heading to the outlet mall for some shopping. For those of you who have never been, the outlets in San Marcos are huge and somewhat overwhelming. That night, we had dinner at a delicious Tex-Mex restaurant and went out for awhile before heading back to the hotel for the night.
The next day was “river day.” We stopped by a local store to air up the tubes we borrowed before driving down to New Braunfels to float the Comal River. It took us forever to find a parking spot, but luckily the river was just a short walk away! This was my first time floating any kind of river, and it was an absolute blast!
Everything was going well until we got to the chute, which is a narrow path of rapids moving at a super fast pace. Right as we were going in, someone slammed into my tube and sent it climbing up the wall until I flipped out. Somehow, I only managed to lose my sunglasses! I resurfaced and Claire hung onto me for dear life while we continued shooting down the river. Eventually, we shot out of the tube; that’s when I realized Megan had fallen out of her tube, too! It took a minute, but we eventually found her, and we all got back on our tubes and continued on! There was only one other time when something happened; my tube snapped off from Megan and Claire’s and we were separated for a few minutes, but luckily once we got back together it was smooth sailing from there! It was so relaxing, the water was so cool and felt wonderful on such a hot day. (We also completely forgot to take pictures, oops!)
It took us forever to get back to the car, but we went and bought snow cones afterward, which was definitely a well-deserved treat. After that, we went back to the hotel and swam for a little bit before cleaning up for the evening. We went to a burger joint called Gil’s in the downtown area, where we had another delicious meal, as well as the restaurant’s famous “Manske rolls,” a type of cinnamon roll that had a different glaze on it than most. We did a little more shopping that night before shutting down for the night.
The next day (our last day, so sad!), we had a very relaxing day. We did our last bit of shopping in the morning before setting off for Austin. We ate lunch at a pizza place called Home Slice Pizza, which was in a very cute part of the city, before walking around the area and exploring. After that, it was a straight shot back home.
Overall, it was such a fun weekend, a well-earned vacation before we all head back to school for our senior year of college. I can’t wait to start planning our next trip!