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Girls Weekend! Celebrating Bride Bay!

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I had so much fun celebrating my sweet friend, Bailey’s bachelorette party this weekend. Girls weekend consisted of traveling down to New Braunfels, Texas and renting a house along Lake Dunlap. The night started off with the lingerie party which was hilarious as we watched the blushing bride open all her new goodies. Pretty sure she’s set for life on undergarments haha. The house had an awesome yard and dock that we took full advantage of as we cooked out Friday night and made a late night superlative card game on the dock picnic table which was so much fun to play with strangers and friends. Everyone was given four cards that said “Most likely to…” then each person filled those out with humorous antidotes, fitting for a bachelorette party (not at all appropriate…but enough to cry in laughter. ) Each person had a card with everyones name on it, then we played. It was like card’s against humanity but we got to write the cards. Secrets were told, confessions were made, lots of laughs, it was quite the evening.

The Bride!
The Bride!
The back of the house
The back of the house

Saturday morning, the girls and I woke up early and chowed down a quick breakfast then headed to the Guadeloupe River to float! Living in Texas for most of my life, most of the girls thought it was quite absurd that I had never floated the river. However, my Irish pastey skin does not particularly enjoy being fried to look like a lobster so I tend to find fun indoors. Since it was my first time, I didn’t really know what to expect. We arrived at the river, undressed to nothing but our swim suits, grabbed our cooler filled with beer to the tip top, a few snacks, my GoPro camera, then went to rent our tubes. You have the option of a tube “with a bottom” or without. I chose “with a bottom” mostly because I didn’t plan on swimming around much with the fish which just sort of freaks me out. The coolers floated on tubes “with a bottom” as well. I was honestly quite amazed they didn’t sink with how heavy they were.

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Floating the river with thousands of our closest friends

The river was so much more crowed than I imagined it to be which made the current move pretty slowly. We floated from 11:30-5:30pm then got off at the exit dock and took a bus back to the car. We met some interesting people along the way. Most of the bachelorette party had Texas Tech hats on so we were flagged down by fellow Red Raiders which was so much fun. All in all, beer, music, floating, and laughing, it was a great day. Managed to escape with only sporadic sun burned patches, nothing too bad, besides my gnarly sandal burn on the tops of my feet…

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Floating the Guadeloupe River!

After a much needed shower back at the house, we got ready and headed to the famous Gristmill Restaurant but upon arriving and finding out there was a 75 minute wait, we decided to look elsewhere for some late night grub. We came across a colorful shack called Cantino del Rio, decorated in colorful banners and rainbow Christmas lights. Normally I’m hesitant eating at Mexican restaurants that are sort of “fast-food” based because it just sounds like food poisoning waiting to happen. But man-oh-man was I surprised. Some of the best chicken tacos I’ve ever had. So yum! We enjoyed the music outside the old historic Gruene Hall down the road and soaked in the nightlife.

Cantino del Rio
Cantino del Rio
Cantino del Rio
Cantino del Rio
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Outside Gruene Hall

We went to brunch the following morning and then parted ways. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone but even harder to say bye to the beautiful house on the lake. That view was something I could easily get used to seeing everyday.

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Until the next time this Irish girl escapes her cave and enjoys some sun, goodbye New Braunfels and congrats to the bride-to-be!

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