Friday, June 26, 2009

Austin Day 1

Sunday 6-21-09

Bryn, Reed and Bret started off the day by walking to the local church for Mass. It was absolutely beautiful, with stenciled ceilings and many large stained glass windows. Then we checked out and went to the Alamo. The man in the parking lot admired the van, which made Randy happy. The line to get into the Alamo shrine, which is inside the original mission church, stretched around the block. We made do with going through the displays in the original long barracks, and a small museum and gift shop building.

Then off to Austin! We arrived at McKinney Falls State Park and were assigned campsite 43. We pitched our tent and drove to town, passing the state capitol building. We headed to Book People, the big independent bookstore that sponsors the Camp Half-Blood program that the boys will be attending this week. We each found something to buy (how could we not, family of readers that we are?)

What we're reading: we finished the audio book “The Iliad for Children” by Arthur J. Church and Homer. Bret's into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Reed is enjoying The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Randy has The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines – what happens to Cinderella after the happily ever after? Bryn is finishing The Last Olympian, the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – and the reason for our stop in McKinney Falls!

Back in the campsite, we thought we'd check out where the boys would be reporting to tomorrow. Several counselors were there, so the boys had their Claiming Ceremony. Reed is the son of Zeus (Bryn always likes the best), while Bret is the son of Athena (Randy attracts smart females).

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