Well, today was the day Mom and I were supposed to use my Groupon to the Austin Zoo as the first of her two days of birthday fun. We had a plan that started with breakfast at Jim’s, a tank of gas and a map. But the Fates had another idea. As we’re driving along on 290W and we still hadn’t reached the exit our directions provided (which should have appeared 5 miles earlier), we saw the sign that changed our plan on a whim.
Now, for those of you who know me, I’m not really big on change. Of just about any kind. And yet, all of a sudden there we were, staying on the road and heading for a place we hadn’t been in years: Fredericksburg! Yes, I’ve been there before, but not with me at the wheel. It was fun, and Finn (who’s my car, for those of you who don’t know I name such things) absolutely loves road trips. Not to mention Mom and I had a ball. The day was filled with giggles and laughter and bad sing-alongs, and that was just on the way into town!
Once we hit Fred’burg, we parked and ran for the restrooms (bottled water and all that laughter had made things interesting for that last half-hour) then headed down Main Street. Some things were new among our old favorites, and we stopped at quite a few. I love those old five-and-dime stores, and who doesn’t love warm strudel and smooth fudge? We tried on Halloween hats amid gales of laughter and gorgeous Venetian masks of all levels of elaborate design. The day ended at our favorite biergarten for a late lunch with bubbles blown into the breeze.
We headed back home just the right amount of tired and still feeling silly. We had a Twizzler “sword fight” along the way (yes, one can shift one’s car while holding a red rope) and just about everything struck us funny. By the time we got home our sides ached and we didn’t even mind getting caught in the beginnings of rush hour traffic.
It was a great day, and tomorrow we’ll stay close to home to celebrate birthday day two with a visit to the Alamo Drafthouse for a movie and a bit of lunch. And maybe a big ol’ piece of cheesecake… ;)