Lone Star Bats
Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
51Trip End Jan 01, 2010
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And so I did. April 3, 1999. Never got to that famous music street in Austin I've heard about for so long, nor did I see the bats! I did see the bluebonnet fields near Fredricksburg the next day. My 60th birthday.
Here are some facts.
Texas was the TWENTH-EIGHTH state.
Date: December 29, 1845
State Nickname: Lone Star State
Key Words: Lakes, Music, Bats, Nightlife; Hills, Johnson
The site that became Austin was selected because it was on high ground, away from the fever danger of the Gulf coast. The pink-granite domed capitol, largest of any of the states, sits on one of the hills that rises from the Colorado River Valley. Seven hydro-electric dams going upstream bless the area with lakes - Austin and Town Lakes are within the city limits.
Modern Austin boasts a seven-block Historic District with restaurants, clubs and shops that attract thousands on weekends for the nightlife scene. Another "nightlife" event is the summer evening bat flight - when the largest urban bat colony in North America emerges from underneath the Town Lake Bridge to forage for insects. The spectacle is one of the most popular attractions in Texas.
See Lyndon Baines Johnson library at the University of Texas at Austin (48,000 students); O. Henry's home and museum; Good Day Ranch, Austin's zoo, on Rawhide Trail.
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