My Visit to Austin, TX
This is a definitely a must-do if you are in Austin. Great views of the city and the lake below. We went in the middle of the day, so plenty of parking can be found. I noticed that a lot of people brought food up there for picnics and there are plenty of tables you can eat at. The stairs leading to the top wasn't too bad, but you have to be careful because they are a little slippery.
Beautiful place to watch the sunrise and sunset.
I was looking up museums to check out in Austin when the LBJ Library & Museum popped up. Since I visited the JFK Library in Boston, I thought it would be cool to go here. The great part - admission and parking were free. The bad part - most of the exhibits were under renovations. We did make the most of it and checked out the 20 min documentary in the small movie theatre. I have forgotten how much LBJ did for our country. Then we went to the 5th floor where they have the replica of his oval office and a nice exhibit on Lady Bird, his wife. Also from the 5th floor, you have a great view of Austin.
Definitely need to go back here to check out the exhibits after they are done renovating.
I had some time to kill before picking up my friend at the airport, so I checked my Austin Yelp bookmarks and decided to go here.
The donut menu was overwhelming. So many interesting choices and combinations I have never seen before. I decided to get the most unique donut and went with the Motherclucker - a Fried Chicken donut with honey drizzled on it. I was surprised how good it was. Very sweet and the chicken was nice and crispy. It was huge too. I couldn't finish it. If I'm in Austin again, definitely coming back here for another donut. Also a great after dinner dessert place.
After our run, my friend and I went here to get some tacos and this place didn't disappoint. I ended up ordering 3 tacos - The Padre, Fried Avocado, and the Del Mar. All delicious but I LOVED the Fried Avocado. By far my favorite. Also I loved the tortillas that they served the tacos in. My friend enjoyed her meal also. She ordered 2 tacos first, but loved it so much that she ordered a second round.
Very satisfying meal! I'm still thinking of that Fried Avocado taco.
My friend and I attempted to go to the botanical gardens, but they were closing early (BOO!), so we decided to just hang out in the park and relax. Lots of green space for football, a game of catch, kite flying, or volleyball. Since we didn't have any of that stuff, we just did cartwheels across the grass. LOL Also a great place for people and dog watching. Some of the dogs even came over to greet us. One german shepard plopped right next to my friend while she read her book.
One of the best parts is that you have a great view of the downtown Austin skyline.
This BBQ joint was definitely worth the extra expense of renting a car. Although it was a blessing in disguise because a car is definitely needed to get around Austin.
Right after I picked up my friend at the airport, we made the 40 minute drive to Driftwood. We were quite surprised how hilly the drive was, but nothing we can handle. With our six pack of Shiner Bock in tow, we were seated at our table. I almost got the family style meal, but all you can eat seemed a bit too much. Instead I got the Combo Plate where you get brisket, pork ribs, sausage and turkey. Everything was soooo good and delicious. I was in heaven. The sides that came with the meal were good also - beans, coleslaw, and potato salad.. I'm really picky about how coleslaw is made and Salt LIck''s version hit the spot for me.The combo plate was the perfect size because I was so full. However, that wasn't going to stop me from getting dessert. Two tough choices - peach cobbler and pecan pie. I love peach cobbler, but we both decided to get the pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. To be honest, I'm not the biggest pecan pie fan because I'm more of a fruit pie person, but that pecan pie was amazing.
My friend who gave up meat for Lent made an exception for Salt Lick and she said it was worth it. If I'm ever back in Austin, I'm dropping by again. Worth the hype!
I love running and when my friend and I were planning our trip, I told her to pack her running shoes and workout clothes. I was looking for trails in Austin and decided to check out the Lady Bird Trail since it runs along the lake. Wow, this trail was jammed packed on Saturday. Lots of runners, walkers, and bikers. I didn't go out and do an intense run or anything because my friend is not a runner, only nice and casual. We did stop a couple of times to watch dogs play catch with their owners. It was fun watching them jump into the water. Also there were lots of kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes out including a bicycle kayak, which is something I have never seen before.
As for the trail itself, I thought it was very wide, but you still had to dodge people because they were walking 3 or 4 wide. Also there were a few inclines, nothing major though. I liked how it went along downtown and also how you can cross over the overpass to the other side of the lake. Like any other popular trail, I would think less people would be here on the weekdays or you can just come early on the weekends if you don't want to deal with the crowds.
Definitely a Austin must-do!
I don't care much about Texas politics, but I thought the Texas State Capitol was a great place to visit and everything was free - entrance, tour, and the visitors center. If you don't want to do the tour, they provide maps to help guide you around. What I enjoyed the most is the capitol grounds area. They have cool statues to look at and you can just relax on the lawn or one of the benches.
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