Day by Day in Austin, Texas

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Austin Lonestar RV Resort

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

After our impromptu stop at the Bush Library we turned to the west and headed for Austin.  This is a city we have long wanted to visit.  We were surprised to have problems finding a campground.  It seems there is something called Austin City Limits going on over the weekend, it's a three day outdoor concert. Held every year it attracts upwards of 60,000 people.  After a few phone calls we managed to find a space at the Austin Lonestar RV Resort.  The rates have been raised to $50 a night during the concert but they are only $21 for the rest of our stay. In my mind that averages the
nightly price out to $34, which is about the norm any more for a private campground.  ( Ken would call that girl logic and will probably stay fixated on the $50 weekend rate! )

Heading into Austin from the east we couldn't help but notice the yellow cloud shrouding the city.  We haven't seen 'ugly air' like that since we left the Bay Area and were a bit disappointed by it.  Austin, while much smaller than Dallas, also seems to be a city using up the Governments 'recovery & reinvestment' funds in road construction.  This construction has traffic a bit snarled and slowed which is also something we weren't expecting.

I'm going to do this entry a bit different from normal.  I will be doing a short entry for each day of our time here including adding pictures.  This will probably make for a longer entry but I think it will be fun for you to follow along with us day to day. 

10/06/2010 - after arrival and set up Ken was off and running.  He hasn't been able to golf during our last couple of stops.  Not because their weren't courses available but because the course conditions have been so bad.  He enjoyed the golf, but not the traffic he had to sit in on his way back 'home'.  We headed out to dinner at a little dive I had found on Yelp.com.  Margarita in hand his mood immediately improved!

10/07/2010 - Up early and out to breakfast at a local institution which I found Yelp.com.  Once full of Chorizo, eggs and biscuits we headed to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Musuem.  After about 3 hours we were done at the museum and headed over to the State Capitol complex.  This is our 20th Capitol but the first one in over a year.  Guess that means we haven't been visiting very many new states recently!  Hmm, we will have to try to remedy that! 

10/08/2010 - Ken was up early and headed out to golf.  Austin has a ton of courses and he has been having a good time researching which ones to play.  Let's hope the traffic doesn't ruin his mood! Ken being gone means I have some uninterrupted planning time. Hard to believe I am already looking at making reservations for next year!  

10/09/2010 - Yet another beautiful day here in Austin.  We started our morning out by going to the downtown Farmers Market.  From there we headed over to a couple of local museums and spent some time checking out the various neighborhoods of Austin. 

10/10/2010 - Did some chores around home this morning before heading out to Lake Travis for lunch on the water.  Got back to the campground just as our friends, George & Myrna Wolkoff arrived.  They are traveling back to Florida and detoured to Austin to visit for a few days, 

10/11/2010 - After breakfast out at Magnolia Cafe we headed to the Lyndon B. Johnson library which is located on the University of Texas, Austin campus.  From the library we headed over to the Harry Ransom library to view the Guttenburg Bible and first photograph they have on display.  After a short walk around campus we headed over to the Mellow Mushroom for an amazing pizza.  ( this is a chain of sorts that we have eaten at in Tennessee and Alabama - hands down one of the best pizzas we've ever had.  We had no idea there was one here and once we saw it we had to go there!! )
 
10/12/2010 - Our last day here in Austin.  We started out with a visit to the Blanton Museum of Art which had a temporary exhibit titled "From Turner to Monet".  Ken had fallen in love with Monet's work when we visited France several years ago (we were on a European RV Caravan and that is where we met George & Myrna, so it seemed fitting...)  Once full of culture we headed over to Austin's "China Town" for lunch which was very good and authentic.  We tried to visit some other local sites after lunch but found them closed, so we headed back to the coaches. 

It's been a great week here in Austin, made even better by having George & Myrna here with us.  We were a bit disappointed by the traffic conditions in and around Interstate 35. No matter the time of day we found the area around Austin grid-locked.  Fortunately we figured out early on how to skirt around it.  Several of the museums we wished to visit we also found closed on dates they should have been opened.  It could be they are victims of the economy.  We did enjoy the food and I really enjoyed having a weeks vacation from cooking.  What a treat!  The enchiladas at La Fuentes are reason enough for us to return to Austin, traffic and all!! 
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