Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017
Mission San Juan, December 30, 2017

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday in the Park -- Sat., Oct. 27

Landa Park in New Braunfels, Texas, that is. Today we went out to lunch at Schobel's Restaurant with Jim and Peri of Tales from the Camping House. We enjoy spending time with them and today we met their seven-year-old granddaughter, Karli. She is darling! 

Oh boy, another restaurant! I am having fun getting reacquainted with food. Today, I enjoyed Nan's Chicken Noodle Soup, a side of mashed potatoes and divine chocolate meringue cream pie. Mmmmm. Bob and Jim opted for the buffet. Peri had a BLT sandwich, and Karli chose chicken strips, mashed potatoes and corn. Karli said I was torturing her by eating the chocolate meringue cream pie. All was good, though, we planned to go to Naegelin's Bakery a little later.

Karli and view of the Comal River from Shobel's patio.
Bob, Susan, Peri, Karli, Jim
Schobel's patio overlooking river. Too chilly today to sit outside.
Jim and Peri lived in Texas for many years. They took us around New Braunfels to show us the sights. Our favorite was Landa Park, a very large park with natural springs that start the Comal River. The springs are fed by the Edwards Aquifer.

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Where the springs start the river. The water is crystal clear!
Karli checking the water temperature. Hard to see the water.

The Edwards Aquifer is several hundred miles long.
Looking downriver from the springs.
Panther Canyon Nature Trail in Landa Park.
Jet contrail gone alien. (Sorry, we talked about Roswell, NM today.)
As we drove through the park, we saw a small train touring through the park. That looked fun, so next thing you know, there we were riding the train.

Karli ready to ride the rails.
Listening to grandpa, proud grandma in back.
Not only did the conductor take tickets and drive the train, he also asked everyone if they would like their photos taken! How nice is that?

Karli, Jim, Peri, Susan & Bob
Our conductor, engineer, photographer.
Comal River in Landa Park. (It's dammed up. That's how it gets big so quickly.
A lovely park and train ride.
Karli wanted to be let loose in the playground, but first Naegelin's Bakery was on our list. Yum, yum, yum. I am a bakery connoisseur so I had to take photos here because it's just so good. These were taken at 3:30 in the afternoon. Most people know it's best to go to a bakery early in the morning to get the best selection. Alas, my favorite butterfly something or others were out, so I got a Danish cinnamon roll. Karli was particularly taken by the last purple-frostinged Halloween cupcake.

All I want for Christmas is my four front teeth!

Fun Halloween cupcakes.
Cream puffs and cheesecake.

She wouldn't eat it until we took a photo.
Right next to the bakery parking lot were beautiful murals on the wall. (We saw quite a few murals as Jim drove us through downtown New Braunfels.)

New Braunfels was originally a German settlement so there is quite the German influence in town. However, Texas being so close to Mexico has also inherited a Mexican imprint. Jim drove us by Huisache Grill and said we need to go there to eat (and shop). There are some shops on the property that you can peruse either before or after your meal.

Other interesting stops in New Braunfels are the Railroad Museum, Sophienberg Museum and a Children's Museum. It was too late in the day to go to a museum and all of us were happy with the park on this beautiful day. So, baked goods in hand, we parked ourselves at a picnic table at Landa Park to eat while we watched Karli on the playgrounds.

Just a lovely day hanging out with friends. Saturday in the park. (By the way, today's title is courtesy of Bob. Thank you, honey.)

Travel Bug parked in the 5er now. Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Trying new restaurants and new food is always fun. We tend to be attracted to those places too.

  2. WARNING. New Braunfels is home to a Camping World. They have RVs looking for new owners. We know.

  3. LOL. Bob saw a different RV dealer heading south on I-35 and asked me if I wanted to go look at RVs. I said, "What for?" I still love our "home" on wheels and it's been a year.

  4. Glad you enjoyed New Braunfels and glad you are able to enjoy eating out again.

  5. Susan--when are you leaving on your trip?

  6. Replies
    1. Oh...do I have your email???

    2. I don't think so and I don't have yours. And this is a dilemna for posting on the blog. We should have traded when we met.

  7. We love that area. We went to the German Wurstfest Celebration two years ago. It was about this time of the year. We had a wonderful time.
    Landa Park looks wonderful and the bakery.....YUMMMMMY!

  8. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy some good food, good company and a beautiful town. We will be in Texas this winter and plan to check out New Braunfels. We are parked at the park across the street from Amazon. I couldn't find the blog of your friends. Maybe you can send me a link. Thanks.

  9. Love the pictures. I have been to New Braunfels but never went to the park. Looks nice. Happy to hear you can participate (at least partially) in the eating portion of your adventures. Chocolate meringue pie...yum.

    1. If you do go to New Braunfels again, the park is worth a visit. But don't expect to camp there it's a day use park.

  10. We spent many, many happy hours in New Braunfels with our boy. . .great memories. . .thanks. . .



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    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for following along with our adventures.


  11. Hey,Susan. Lots Of food photos. We drove all the way from Oregon to buy our Dynamax in New Braunfels back in 2007

    1. I'm so thrilled to be eating solid food again. Guess I got a bit carried away with the bakery photos. LOL.

  12. So good to see you smiling again!! Teeth or no teeth I missed that smile!! Real food for you - Triple Yay!!!! Beautiful day trip.

  13. Sounds like a great way to spend a day. Glad to hear that you are once again eating solid foods.

  14. Great post as usual. Glad you are getting soon better foods, like pie.
    Bob and Linda


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