Spring is here, though it lingers still in some parts of the country. Trees are blooming and leafing out. Grass is sprouting, but the wildflowers have yet to color the highways and fields. There hasn’t been enough rain.
The winter Texans began their migration back north a few weeks ago, while springbreakers have come down here for fun in the sun. Although each morning they have been met with clouds, they know the sun will burn them off by noon. So, refusing to be deterred, they plop atop a tube and brave the cold Guadalupe River anyway. They’re young and don’t care. “Give me a beer!” you’ll hear up and down the river. In the evenings, music reigns at outdoor venues from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels.
For families, there are many things to do to wait out the clouds: Landa Park, historic Gruene, and downtown are the Antique Mall, Art League Art Gallery, Naegelan’s bakery, and other shops. There is a plethora of eateries throughout New Braunfels, some quite unique and tasty: Granzin’s BBQ, Huisache Restaurant, Schobels, Friesenhaus, and more. TJ’s has the best malts in the state, while Clear Springs is number one for fried catfish and hush puppies.
Anyway, as the day warms up, I think of people experiencing snowmelt or too-much-rain flooding, wishing somehow the water could be diverted to where it is most needed. Can’t they make gigantic upside-down “umbrellas” to catch extra inches of rain and pipe it to other parts of the country? Building such infrastructures would create jobs.
Spring – time for lightheartedness and renewal!