Little Ella Flowers and her baby brother Jamison searched for gems and found plenty, much to their delight, on Sunday afternoon in Victoria.
The Flowers family were six of more than 200 people who enjoyed outdoor and indoor games at Outlaw Pass, 78 Tate Road, throughout the day on Sunday.
Temperatures reached over 100 degrees, but at Outlaw Pass people could occasionally come inside to enjoy games in the air conditioning. Outside, children of all ages went go-karting, mini roller coasters and played miniature golf.
The Flowers swayed a small stream laden with “precious stones”, rocks of various colors. The children were given wooden frame screens with which to wash the sand and find the gems.
Caleb Borjas, 17, and Joal Borjas, 13, were among the kids who weathered the heat, playing a few rounds of mini-golf and going go-karting more than once. It was stifling, but the young men seemed indifferent.
Other people, especially parents, were looking for shade.
This is not the case for Crystal Arellano, who went kart racing with her son Callen Arellano.
Callen said he loved “every time my dad was in front of me, so we try to go fast to catch him.” He never caught his father, he said, with a smile and a chuckle.
Inside, kids and parents enjoyed video games in cooler conditions.
Krimson Devos competed in the ATV Slam motorcycle game with his father by his side. And 2-year-old Anthony Rivas tried his luck with Lane Master Bowling, and Royce, Faye and little Grundy Hobbs also happily played indoor games.
Andrew Martinez was 20 minutes into a few air hockey games against his dad. Andrew was barely taller than the table, but he was brave enough to beat his father a few times.
When asked which game in Outlaw Pass Andrew liked the most, his mother smiled and said, “Oh, everything!”
Tamara covers the public safety beat for the attorney. She can be reached at 361-580-6597 or [email protected]