Texas Trip So Far

So as some of you know, I am currently in Texas visiting family. We left Baltimore at around noon on Thursday, July 16. We flew to Houston and the flight was uneventful. Except for the landing and taxiing. When we landed, there was a fuel spill at our terminal so that had to be taken care of. Then the plane that was supposed to leave ahead of us had mechanical issues, so we had to go to another terminal. All in all, that took about an hour. That was the only pain in the ass part. So after all that was said and done, my Uncle picked us up and we went to my Aunt Susan and Uncle John’s house. We sat around and, per usual with my family, started drinking almost immediately. It’s ok. I’m Irish. I can handle my alcohol. After swimming in my Uncle’s VERY warm pool and taking some GoPro vids in said pool, we ate dinner. We had oysters, pasta, and …my favorite part…CRAB MEAT! We went to bed a little while after.

Day 2, yesterday, July 17, we drove to my cousin JJ’s house in Leander, about a half hour outside Austin. We got there around 11:00 in the morning. Naturally, as soon as we got there, JJ’s boyfriend made us mimosas. Damn good mimosas I might add. Then came the REALLY fun part. We went boating on Lake Travis. I’d been on a boat before, but nothing like this! They included water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, cliff jumping, and probably my favorite…TUBING! I was the first one on the tube and I held on the whole time for dear life! It’s funny I managed to hold on that long because I have terrible upper body strength! It’s funny because nobody else managed to hold on the whole time, even when everyone else did it tandem. I went solo. Cliff jumping was fun but it was tough getting up there. My sister Caroline took a MASSIVE hit cliff jumping. She did a flip and a half off the highest point of the cliff and did a HUGE bellyflop from 35 feet. She has a massive bruise but is ok. She’s one tough gal!

Today we are heading back to Lake Travis so me, my dad, JJ, and Uncle John can go zip lining. I love to Zipline and cannot wait to do this! Yeah it’s expensive ($125 per person) but during this one there are multiple zip lines of varying lengths. The longest going directly over Lake Travis at 2800 feet long. That is insane! Oh and did I mention the whole excursion takes about three hours to do? My legs are gonna be sore later! I am kinda hoping we can go to Congress Bridge in Austin. Congress Bridge has the largest Mexican Free-Tail bat population in the US. Every night at sunset, 1.5 million bats fly out from under the bridge. It looks amazing and I’d love to see it! But we will see.

So that’s my trip so far. As proof of my tubing, I attached a link to the video. Thanks for reading!

-Tom

 

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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