Being a nursing student, I don’t have much time for vacations (or money for that matter) . I had a few days off between semesters, so my husband and I decided to go with my dad and two of my sisters down to New Braunfels, TX to float the Guadalupe River. We figured since we would be moving to our land sometime in the near (or not so near) future then we might as well start practicing the Redneck ways. It was about a 5 hour drive and we were ready to get out of the car once we got to our hotel. Or shall we say, flea-bag motel. I am not a fancy girl, but this place was creepy. I’m pretty sure there was some hardcore stuff that went on in that room that I do not want to know about. We did, however, notice that the lock had been moved many times on the door meaning that a) it had been busted down a time or two, or b) they just don’t know how to accurately install locks. Either way…NOT okay.
That night we went to eat in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. After getting our Mexican food “fix”, we went on a walk in the area. The Alamo was beautiful (like always). We took plenty of pictures, including the one below. By the way, San Antonio PD doesn’t take too kindly to people sitting on the window ledge of the wall around the Alamo.
The next day we suited up to float the river. Now, being the smart, grown woman that I am, I put on sunscreen. A whopping SPF 15. Anyone who has ever seen me knows that I am fair-skinned. I was aware that this sunscreen was inadequate but was okay with getting a little sunburn…because sunburns turn into tans and I could use a little suntan. We all know where this is headed, right? I am not going to lie, it was so much fun! Fun, until we were done and I realized exactly how burnt I was. My night was miserable. I couldn’t be touched. Aloe Vera was not cutting it. We drove home that next day…which sucked might I frankly add. I didn’t have just a rip-roaring sunburn, I had what I found out a few days later was sun poisoning. At least a bad sunburn would just be fiery red…what I had was a patchy burn that caused me to gain 11 pounds of water weight.
The doctor prescribed me diuretics and a steroid cream. It slowly improved and what I am left with is a nice splotchy tan. Was it smart? No. Would I do it again? Heck yes, but I would do it a little bit smarter next time.