It didn't take Angelina and I long to sit and stand on each and every bar
stool at the pool swim-up bar. Seeing the sea gulls bathing in the water
falls between the pools was a sign of how close we were to the gulf.
The pool is the largest pool in Texas. It's actually four pools joined by
small waterfalls. The people here are friendly and the families are having
fun together. We've been here less than 24 hours and Angelina is almost a
great swimmer. Unfortunately, kids must be at least 48 inches tall in order
to go on the water slides. If not for that requirement, she would have gone
on both slides for several rides.
Taking the Wii game to the resort was more fun than any video game I have
ever played. I never really cared for the game of golf, but playing it on
this Wii game was great fun and to my surprise great exercise. Making our
faces and seeing the pictures that we just took at the pool was really
It's Wednesday morning and I am just starting to really relax. Not worrying
about work or any other problems is difficult for me to accomplish. We will
all be apart today for awhile but we will have an outdoor cook out tonight.
Setting on our patio and watching the white waves on the marine blue waters
crashing against the shore inspires me to believe that the meeting of ocean
and land is an attraction for humans. So many people are drawn to these
locations to reenergize their lives. The humid salty air, the smell of life
and death and the warmth of the sun are inspirational.
As Angelina and I walked into the salty and surprisingly clear ocean surf,
the waves knocked us up and back several times. We got a lot of the briny
water in our mouths but instantly spit it back into the sea. We showered at
the fresh water station and jumped into a wonderfully warm and refreshing
hot tub. We then hopped back into the giant pool and swam with uncle Bob
and Ernest for awhile. Too much beer and other accrudiments caused a lack
of recollection of Wednesday night.
Thursday morning was met by seeing the bright orange sun and Angelina's
bright smiling face. We have no major plans for today but I can't wait to
see what is going to happen. Most of the kids and their moms had to go back
to school earlier than expected. The government decided that the swine flu
was not as bad as expected. Poor Kids! I will miss some of the high school
cheer leaders and their healthy moms. Most of today was spent in the pool
and hot tubs. Angelina cannot get enough of the water. We went to the
beach for awhile. We swam, played in the sand and took a few pictures. Bob
and Ernest left after lunch. We did learn thru the internet a few remedies
for kidney stones. Bob has been harboring one for a few days. The rest of
us had a seafood meal at the hotel restaurant that evening and then back in
the pools. Angelina was pooped so the rest of us played some monkey Wii.
It's sad to see Friday morning arrive. Packing up and heading home is not
what I really want to do. We are planning a few stops in Port Aransas for
chocolate and trinkets. I am sure Angelina will enjoy the ferry ride across
Pat and I decided to stop at Landry's restaurant in Corpus Christi. We had
some oysters and calamari while watching the shrimp boats and tourists. The
rest of the trip home was sunny and hot but with no real problems. We are
already planning next years' trip to the coast. We will probably stay at a
different resort for many reasons. It is always nice to get together with
the boys and their families. Having the opportunity to enjoy some time with
the people you love is what life is all about.
Thank you Tim, Bob, Marcela, Ernest, Angelina and my wonderful wife for
another great vacation together.
Love, Grandpa Van
ps: every meal we ate in our room had no salt or pepper added.