Too Much To Share to Be Quick-Epic Girl’s Trip Part Three

This morning I have too much to share to be quick about it, our last day was a big one for pictures and stories, so here goes!

I couldn’t sleep the next morning so quietly I got up, threw on a bra under my t-shirt and pulled on some shorts, grabbed the room and car keys and headed outside to try and catch the sunrise. Well, I just missed it, however, I got some beautiful pictures anyway. First, I stayed close to the hotel, walking around snapping photos. Had I realized or checked the time sun was to rise, I would have driven straight to the beach. Dumb me! Anyway, I eventually made my way down there and got the bad news and some more good pics.

Pics of the near sunrise around town and on the beach

When I got back, I showed the girls and we got ready for breakfast. After much review of the menus of a couple of different places, we chose San Juan for some (huge) tasty burritos. I snapped a quick pic while waiting for the food, then hurried back so we could eat in the room and get ready for our day at the beach. First though, I took the girls souvenir shopping…I just could not bring myself to shop yet, knowing we’d be going back later this summer.

The chair Dave bought for Stephanie worked out so great, I just could not get over it. She and her long legs looked just like a beautiful mermaid on the beach! She sat comfortably, while Christina and I headed out into the surf to try our hand at the boogie boards. Unfortunately, my knee was a hot mess, swollen and painful, and I was worried I would hurt it worse, plus my back wasn’t so hot either. I managed about three waves in the super strong current, then gave up the fight. Maybe when we go back in July, I will have myself in better shape.

All of us enjoying beach time

As you can see, the beach umbrella didn’t work out to swell, I snapped that picture just before it went sailing down the beach! A nice lady one spot over helped me retrieve it and I packed it back up in the van. The wind that close to the water was no match for an unstable umbrella.

We enjoyed about three hours in the sun, sand, and water, then packed it up and headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner. We had lots to clean up, sand in the van, all over Stephanie’s wheelchair, and we all needed showers, I knew all this would take a while, I also knew it would not be a pleasant job all burnt up, so I was sorry to have to be the bad guy and drag us away from the beach. I never want to leave it either, but I was feeling responsible for Stephanie and did not want her to burn. I was excited to find a seed pod like the ones Connie and I have found in the past, I thought it was a hamburger, but later she told me it was a sea purse.

We decided to go to Moby Dick’s for dinner. By this time, more tourists were on the island and everywhere was crowded. We had to wait an hour and a half to get in, so what better way than with a delicious strawberry daquiri? YUM! So not on my diet, but I was so enjoying myself, I didn’t even care. Moby Dick’s is a bar, restaurant, and gift shop. Normally it is boisterous and fun, but you could feel the tension in the air as they complied with the 50% capacity rule and lots of people waiting for tables. The wait staff all wore masks, unlike the Crazy Cajun, but the wait was worth it. The food was delish, but I think we were all sort of full after that huge, sweet drink! So we ate what we could (I ate most of mine except the breading on the fish) and rushed back to the hotel with upset tummies. One bathroom and three hurting females is not a good mix! I was working out scenarios in my head of what to do if I couldn’t make it but as it turned out, everyone relieved themselves with no issues. (sorry if that was too graphic ;))

The next morning we woke up to rainstorms, I had to move the van as it was sitting in a flooded area of the parking lot and we still needed to load it. We got ready, loaded the van, got a picture of Stephanie and Christina next to the palm tree, and took off hoping to get breakfast before heading to the ferry. I didn’t want to be sitting in another long line, so I was kind of relieved that we chose to wait until we were in Aransas Pass to eat. I had another planned stop at the Life in Paradise rental place, but chose to forego that as well. I did slow down to take a pic of the bright pink decoration at a new tire shop before we headed for the ferry. Once on, I was disappointed at the new rule stating we had to stay in the car (probably due to the COVID) yet I managed to get my obligatory pelican picture. 🙂

So that’s about it, drove in the blinding rain for three hours, got a quick breakfast at Sonic on the way (I just had a cold coffee and my protein bar) and then Christina took over at the halfway mark and drove us the rest of the way home. We did stop at the Czech Stop in West, they have awesome food, but it was just a potty break, so I grabbed a bag of cheddar/caramel popcorn for us all to share and stuck the rest of the bag in Stephanie’s back pack as a surprise for when she got home. It was a fun-filled, wonderful long weekend, and I hope the girls had as much of a good time as I did! I can’t wait for our next Epic Adventure!!


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Respect Goes Two Ways-Epic Girls Trip Day Two!

Good Morning My Peeps!

I’m going to continue with day two of the Epic Girl’s Trip, however, first I have to give my opinion on respect. 

If the protesters around the US want respect, they have to first show some respect. Not respecting the police in the first place is how all this got overblown and out of control. No one is mentioning or covering the fact that Floyd and many others who have been killed by police was disrespectful to the police, he was a criminal with a long record, and all of the so-called peaceful protests have turned into stealing, and destruction of property. Why should we show respect when they don’t even respect themselves?? No, they turn into animals, which hurts their own communities and does not help anyone. I believe that all of this noise is just a ploy to keep us (as a country) distracted from what is really going on, same as with the so-called virus…but that is only my opinion.

Ok! Let’s get on with the fun stuff, shall we?

Day two started with anticipation of securing a beach wheelchair for Stephanie, but first, we had to go get some fancy coffee at Coffee Waves coffee shop which also serves my favorite sweet treat, gelato! My other goal was to finally get in on some free wi-fi, I was successful, and kept the wi-fi the remainder of the trip, whereas the hotel never could get me on it.

While there, I called a couple of places, found out we could get a wheelchair from the city, and off we went after enjoying a delicious panini and some caramel flavored coffee. Then came the big disappointment. They had one alright, but it would have to have been returned by 4pm, and we were due to be in the sky at that time. In addition, it would not have been available for the weekend, it would have had to have been rechecked out on Monday, like a library book, and we were leaving Sunday. Boo, hiss! So we wanted to see what it looked like anyway, and the city worker walked Christina and I down the hall and we saw what looked like a dune buggy that was way too big to fit in the van, but how sweet that would have worked out for Stephanie. This thing was tricked out with big, fat wheels that she could have ridden right into the surf! It stuck out long and skinny in the front, reminding me of a funny car at the drag races. Cool, cool, but it wouldn’t work for us.

Beach wheelchair

Beach wheelchair

After that we drove way down the beach by the Palmilla Golf Course, where there is usually less people, to see how easy it would have been to push Steph in the sand. We stayed looking at the waves for a bit, we didn’t get anything like chairs or the umbrella out, just touched the water and got some pics with Stephanie in her chair on the beach. She loved it, but was excited for the day she would be sitting on the sand in the beach chair Dave bought for that purpose. Now it was time to go get ready for our parasailing excursion!



We went back to the hotel and got everything ready, what we needed to take on the boat, changed clothes and got our sunscreen on, potty breaks, and headed to Woody’s so we would get there in plenty of time to sign waivers, here the safety video and ask important questions. The excursion had already been prepaid and scheduled for 3pm by Steph and Christina, so all we had to do was wait, a little nervously I have to admit. 😉

Stephanie outside Shoot em Up waiting to board the boat.

Once I saw the video, I realized there was nothing to be afraid of, now I was excited! The guys are so experienced and sweet, they literally lifted Stephanie-wheelchair and all-onto the boat, got her seated out of it, and returned it to the dock where it was watched by another team member. We kid of wedged her in the corner and all three of us sat very close together on the ride out, listening to Tim and Sean tell us more safety tips. Then the guys prepared the first couple for launch and we watched them go up, after the guys first inflated the parachute. This is their business at Chute Em Up, they’ve done literally hundreds of parasailing trips and are very safe and professional.


Sean-our trusty guide, photographer, and person who hooked us up to the parachute

We watched the first couple rise up in the sky, stealing a kiss on the way up, and clapped for them. Sean took tons of pics since they didn’t opt for the go pro package like we did, even a funny one with a fake rubber shark that made it look like the shark was eating them in the sky!

He did the same with us as we were flying in the air, of course, we could not see that, lol! I cannot wait to get our go pro pics back!! We were acting so goofy up there, leaning back in the sling seat, looking up at the chute, and all around the ship channel. For me, it was great at first, then I quickly became nauseated, weird, because I usually don’t get motion sickness. It made me wonder if I don’t have some inner ear thing going on. Anyway, it was all still truly amazing, and I can mark that off my bucket list thanks to Stephanie!! We were so impressed with how hard the guys worked and how great they handled Stephanie to make sure she had a great, safe flight, that we tipped them $30 between us.

Tim and Sean bring in the parachute

After all of this excitement, I was still feeling super nauseated, so we went back to the hotel to take a break and rest, I tried gas-x and everything trying to feel better. After a while, we went back to the coffee shop for a treat since neither Christina nor Stephanie had ever tasted gelato. Oh my, was that delicious!! We had two scoops, one coconut, and one horshata (basically rice milk sweetened and with cinnamon added) yummy!! I could have eaten more, but knew better. 😉

I don’t remember what we did between that and dinner, but we decided on The Crazy Cajun, one of my favorite restaurants on the island since the very first trip down over 30 years ago, was where my husband and I first ate. We chowed down on a crab boil of crawfish, crab, and shrimp, mixed in with corn on the cob and sausage, washing that down with an Angry Orchard hard cider. OMG!!! I was in heaven! Stephanie had the less spicy version of that and Christina enjoyed some crawfish etoufee and a glass of Cabernet. What a lovely meal and my tummy was so happy.


Dinner at the Crazy Cajun

The menu-we got one here, they didn’t seem to care about Covid rules

Me eating crab at the Crazy Cajun

I murdered that crab, lol!

Back at the hotel, we didn’t want the good times to end, so we pulled up chairs and the tiny table and whipped out the Qwirkle game and played a couple of rounds. The girls seemed to like it, but that was the only time we played, after that we were too tired every night and pretty much fell into bed! It was a wonderful day, one for the books as they say! Tune in for more fun tomorrow!!


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