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Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:38 PM by Gabriela Moore
My second adventure was to Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark!
Everyone in the skateboarding community has their reasons for becoming interested in skateboarding. Mine rooted from my dad being a skateboarder when he was younger. He bought me my first skateboard when I was in late elementary school. I picked up nickelboarding in college and later had the urge to learn tricks and go to skateparks to be able to do more than I could ever do on a nickelboard. My dad helped me pick out a skateboard about six months ago, and I’ve been keeping up with it ever since. Buda’s park has been helping me ease back into it at a pace that works for me. One thing I enjoy about Buda’s skatepark is the fact that it’s a fun park to go to even when you can’t do tricks.
The Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark holds a lot of sentiment to the Buda community, skater or not. This park was opened in late 2013 as a memorial to Jackson Norris to provide a safe space for skaters of all skill levels.
Though skating on the street can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Founder of Buda’s own Inspiration Skateboard, David Sweet says, “The skatepark has made a huge positive impact on the community by giving skaters a place to be safe and stay out of trouble.” Having a skate park in town gives local skaters a place to go to try out their new tricks in a safe environment.
There is no doubt that skateboarders have long had a negative stigma attached to them. Skateboarding is a great exercise. It gives kids and adults a fun, challenging sport to be a part of, while staying a tight knit community. Sweet has long been an advocate of spreading the positivity of skateboarding. “Skateboarders often get a bad rep, and I get it. There are always those bad apples out there, but Inspiration is about how skateboarding can be a healthy part of your adolescence, and teach you life lessons that you’ll use for years to come,” Sweet says.
Stop by Buda and check out the park! It is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 4:31 PM by Lysa Gonzalez
Hey there! My name is Veronica Tierno and I am an intern with Visit Buda, TX. I am a senior at Texas State University majoring in Digital Media Innovation with a concentration in Multimedia Production. I grew up all over the U.S. due to my parents being in the military. I have spent my whole life adapting to new environments.
As I get to know Buda, I will take you along with me to show you how to stay busy on an unplanned Friday. To carry on with Adventure Friday is such an honor. Buda is a great place to explore and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!
My first adventure: Pinballz Kingdom!
When you think of the word “kingdom,” what do you think of? I usually think of castles, dragons, and royalty. Expect three out of three of those things when you come to Pinballz Kingdom.
The arcade is located in a former truck stop that was built to look like a castle. To match the theme of the building, the entrance archway contains a giant dragon who greets you as you walk through the doors.
If you want to play games, you buy a game card as soon as you walk in the door. The card stores your credits and treasures (tickets). While adventuring through their wide variety of arcade games, expect to be treated as royalty along the way.
I enjoy Pinballz Kingdom compared to other arcades because of their wide variety of vintage and retro games like PacMan, Donkey Kong, Gallaga, etc. Even in arcades my parents took me to when I was younger, I have never seen so many pinball machines in one place. They have a whole wall almost completely filled with pinball machines (hence the name). What I find cool is all of the retro games are for sale.
If pinball isn’t your thing, they also have classic games like air hockey, skee ball, coin-pusher games, and newer phone “app” games for the kiddos, as well as, bumper cars.
If you want an awesome place for a date day, family outing, or you’re hanging out with friends, you can expect to spend all day in this kingdom.
Posted on January 19, 2018 at 6:16 PM by Gabriela Moore
When you think of a fairytale land you probably imagine a big beautiful castle filled with stories of how the prince and princess fell in love and the evil witch who relentlessly tries to destroy their forever budding relationship.
Well in Buda, our fairytale land is filled with everflowing popcorn of all flavors where the only evil is deciding which flavor to choose. Enter: The Princess and the Popper. A gourmet popcorn company that came to reality over dinner at Super Slicks right here in Buda. We tackled the tough decisions in life and sampled four of the many flavors these master poppatiers have to offer.
Cheese & Spice
The camelot of popcorns. The office favorite. The “wait...ah, there it is” popcorn. This flavor came in as the office favorite for its ability satisfy our popcorn cravings as we found ourselves digging into this one over and over again. With a smooth white cheddar bite and a jalapeno kick this flavor will quickly become your favorite too. And if the word spice scares you away, the biggest spice wimp in our office still loved this flavor!
A classic flavor you truly cannot go wrong with. This popcorn is layered thick with cheesy, garlicy goodness that will leave you wanting another handful everytime. Take this one to a party and you’ll quickly become the MVP of the night.
The best kind of snack is the kind that makes you think your eating something else--with fewer calories, but all the flavor. Welcome to chicken wing heaven. You’ll find yourself getting this one delivered to your office for a 3 o’clock snack more times than you should. And anyway, popcorn is practically a health food.
With a perfect carmely crunch, this is what Cracker Jack wants to be. I never would have thought popcorn could be so creamy and melt like butter in your mouth, but this one does!
Veterans April Caldwell and her husband, Aaron, became poppatiers after moving to Buda and seeking a way to plant roots into Buda and truly become a part of the community. If you’re in the Buda area you can order through Facebook and your fairytale popcorn will be delivered straight to your front door. Their dream is to eventually open a brick and mortar shop in Downtown Buda. We hope to see it soon because in the words of April, “I thought the beautiful downtown could us the smell of delicious popcorn.”