Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back to the Beginning

Way back on a sunny day in February, my friend Sandi and I were walking at Melones when we hatched the plan to do a road trip through east Texas, west Louisiana, along the Gulf coast, and complete the loop back through San Antonio to Austin.

We built in a couple days in Austin to see the local sights. First on our list was the Capital. This wood carving is in a committee room just off the Senate chambers.

And the Senate chambers from the gallery.

A couple blocks north is the Bob Bullock Museum. Right now they are running an exhibit of Latin influence on American music. It was great. (Last time I was there, it was a quilt show). This is the big star out front.

We couldn't leave downtown without stopping at Whole Food's flag ship store here in Austin. I don't do much real shopping there, but it sure is fun to browse!

After all that culture we shifted gears and headed to the Broken Spoke after dinner. It's one of the last of the old time dance halls in Texas and happily celebrating a big birthday this year.

The next morning we walked at Lady Bird Lake and I showed Sandi my favorite street.

It was sad to miss the Salt Lick, but we went to Rudy's with Bernie and friends for barbecue at lunch instead. Don't believe the sign, the barbecue was great. A big hit with the whole gang was the old fashioned Banana Pudding with Vanilla wafers.

Time for another walk so we hit South Congress and found a car show in full swing.

This old VW pick-up wasn't part of the show, but was drawing all most as much interest as the fancy cars parked on Congress.

Not sure just what the real purpose of the cow catcher might have been.

The car that went with this door handle was gorgeous too.

Here's a nod to memory lane for those who might remember the 1959 Chevy we had for many years.
After all that walking it was time for another fuel stop at an Austin institution, Amy's, for ice cream!

I had to drag Sandi into Allens to look at boots. Sadly, these were not my size and surely not in my budget!

It's early in the year for the bats who live in the South Congress bridge, but the boat tours were running and we booked one for the sunset ride.

There actually were many bats to see take flight for their evening insect hunt. And almost as many people watching them!

Because the days are still kinda short we were out on the water until well after dark. It was a beautiful view of the skyline. While walking back to the van we happened on a 'bridge party' and asked someone what they were celebrating. One of the girls said "It's an I LOVE AUSTIN party" and invited us to stay. Welcome to Texas, Sandi!

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