Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: A Mid-Day Escape

A Mid-Day Escape

My husband and I used to spend time together in the middle of the day at the lake a few times a month.  We like to wakeboard.  We would each get some work done first thing in the morning, grab some lunch, and then off to the lake for a couple of hours.  We would always be back with a couple of hours left in the day to do any end of the day follow up.  So, we would never be unavailable for an entire day, or even several hours.  It is literally only a couple of hours, and I would treat it as an "appointment".

Yesterday, was one of those days.  We had not escaped like that in over a year, since I found out I was pregnant last April.  Then, this year thus far, I was sick, he was sick, then I was sick, and he was sick... he just got over pneumonia, and we took advantage of it.  I dropped Alyssa off at daycare, and we gassed up the boat, and off to Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, TX!

Like all Lakes in the Dallas area, Lake Ray Hubbard is a man-made lake.  As the story goes, during the building of the lake, it started raining for days and days, and the workers left all their equipment at the bottom as they couldn't get it out.  This is also why you have to be careful driving around the lake because there are tree stumps everywhere as they were never finished being cut down.  If you've never been to the lake before, I highly suggest finding out where you should ride so you don't ruin your boat with the tree stumps.

Anyway, two summers ago, it rained so much, I didn't go wakeboarding a single time.  So, in essence, yesterday was my first time to wakeboard in about 2 years.  Scary, huh?  I got out there, and I can definitely tell you that it's not like riding a bike.  To an extent, it's like riding a bike because you know all the fundamentals... but the muscle strength is not there anymore.  It's going to take some time to work up that strength again, but in the mean time, as you can see in the pictures, the water was great, the weather was great, and the time alone was great.  We were back by 2pm in time to finish up the day and got all calls and emails answered.

Do you ever escape in the middle of the day to take time for yourself?  What do you like to do?

Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • July 09 2008 07:44AM



Good for you to make quality time for the family. Cara (my-wife) and I love going on walks, visiting new/old homes and doing silly things like putt-putt, bumper cars and throwing that little ring over the Coke bottles. Anything to get away from the every day grind.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 11 years ago

Greg, You know those rings don't actually fit over the coke bottles except from directly above, right?  LOL!  My brother used to throw away dollar after dollar trying to figure that game out.  Glad to hear you guys find time to be together.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

Good for you Donna,  Sometimes these little getaways are better than the extended ones. We take "day trips" often to different areas close by and do something we've never done before.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 11 years ago

Ricki, Yes, those day trips can be much better... no having to pack everything and making sure you didn't forget anything.  One time I remembered the bottles but forgot the nipples, and then forgot the bottles but remembered the nipples... both cases made me run all over trying to find bottles and nipples.  So frustrating!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

Donna: I have never left my Boomer for a date with my husband even though I know I've got to. I am not sure why I cant either. The husband has never said anything so I think it's okay with him. We went to Lake Ray Hubbard over the 4th weekend. It was really awesome. Boomer had a great time.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 11 years ago