I’ve wanted to explore Austin for a while now, so we took a trip down last weekend to see what we could see. Following is my list of five things we saw, ate, or experienced while we were there.
#1 – The capitol
So this was the obligatory stop, but it was actually pretty cool. The girls even really enjoyed it (mainly because there were a lot of stairs, which is always a bonus in their opinion) and neither Jerm or I had ever been. The capitol building was huuuuuge. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas.
#2 – The bats
So I read about how there are millions of bats that emerge from the Congress Bridge every night at dusk, which seemed pretty cool. I knew Jerm and Mad would both really enjoy seeing them, so we planned our evening around it. Except, we waited for over two hours and they never came out. We could see some of them circling under the bridge, but it was pretty much a bust. The girls were totally over it by the time we left and I’m not sure seeing the bats would have even mattered at that point.
#3 – The view
We stopped at Mt Bonnell on the way into town because it was supposed to have a killer view of the area. And seriously, it really did. Even though it was hot out, this was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It wasn’t a hard or serious hike, but it was nice to walk a little after being in the car all morning and the views were beautiful.
#4 – The weirdness
No doubt about it, Austin is a little different. It actually reminded me of Portland – kind of hippie. For whatever reason, street art is a big deal there, so we stopped at a park to check some of it out. Graffiti really isn’t my thing, and in retrospect, I would rather have picked one of the other sites (more painting, less graffiti), but oh well.
#5 – The chow
Austin is known for it’s BBQ and it’s food trucks, so we tried a little of both. Personally, not a giant fan of BBQ, although southern stuff is so much better than anything I tried growing up. Still, Jerm and I weren’t too impressed, but I think it’s just not our preference.
We did a few other things, too, and had a great time. Have you ever been to Austin? What did you enjoy? I love exploring new places.