Had a great breakfast at The Omelettery which was great. I had gingerbread pancakes for the first time (something popular here). The pot holes in the parking tried to swallow our car, but luckily we escaped unharmed. After eating we headed out to the Zilker Botanic Garden, 18 acres established as non profit in 1955. There is also a Zilker Municipal Park which is huge. How lucky Austin is to have this gift.
We were there during Fairy Trail Days and groups or families created
fairy homes along the walk. It was so fun to see the creativity.
I never tire of photographing great live oaks
Thursday we took a much needed rest day. Around 6:00 p.m. we headed out to see the famous Austin bats emerge from under the bridge for their night time feeding. We saw this 3 years ago, but later in the year. Last night was really great.
Congress Avenue Bridge, perfect bat habitat
Interesting Frost Bank Building in the middle
33 floors, 3rd tallest in city, but most unusual
A bat did "get" me. It was creepy and I washed up really good.
Hope I don't turn into a vampire from this experience.
Broken Spoke - famous honky tonk
Had their touted chicken fried steak and a Lone Star - the TX beer
Big agenda so up early. We went to Mount Bonnell, highest point above Austin. Quite a walk up, but gradual and worth it. Below is the Colorado River.
Austin's historical homes from late 1800's
Love this oak
Beautiful corner mansion that is perfectly preserved
This is one of the most beautiful homes I've ever seen.
McKinney Falls State Park
Lower and upper falls
The park's peaceful existence was interrupted when a historic natural disaster — the Halloween Flood of 2013 occurred. The Visitor's Center is still closed. Onion Creek rose 41 feet from its banks and flowed at 120,000 cubic feet per second. All of a sudden, this little tributary of the Colorado River was a raging river flowing with nearly twice the force of Niagara Falls.
Liquid refreshments needed after all our hiking and sightseeing
Denny Freeman - right hand side.
Played with Bob Dylan. Great old musicians
Nice bike in parking lot
Rollie, bike owner, we had a nice visit
Beautiful French bistro/bakery. There are several in Austin
and San Antonio. Recordings in the bathrooms teach
simple French phrases, that was different.
Yvonne and Gena
Yvonne brought us TX treats - that was so sweet
Scott and John
Yvonne and Scott suggested we go see Fredericksburg, TX. We have seen lots of things in San Antonio and we really didn't want to be downtown in traffic. So we took their advice and made the hour drive. It was just a great little town with so much history preserved. Couldn't have had a better day. Interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Fredericksburg,_Texas
Unusual architecture on old home
Zion Luthern Church, 1852
Mayan chocolate (square) silver with birds was rare 'Pure Nacional' bean chocolate from Peru – called Fortunato No. 4, two others were Florida orange and so, so good.
Quintessential Chocolate (http://www.chocolat-tx.us/our-chocolates)
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Beautiful stained glass
Visited with these Texas bikers
This guy had a great bike
Line up for beer, food, bathrooms
Rockin out armadillo
New friends, Michael and Julia
Real cowboys, live in Luckenbach
Nice guys and they tipped their hats when we said good bye
Canvas signing to put Willie Nelson in Guinness Book
Willie is well loved in Texas
This tree was unbelievable. See our shadow on the truck.
It would take at least 6 men to hold hands to go around this trunk.
Woody, a friendly guy we met and visited with
Sunday slept late, did the wash and some rest.
3/30/15 - Monday
Fort Stockton founded for travelers heading west.
We visited the fort on our last trip here.
Must have worked hard to cut through these
mountains to make the roads
Pretty scenery along the way
Cute restaurant we ate dinner at
Good fresh cut Idaho fries
I've heard of purple sage
Neat home decor store full of south west/Mexican stuff
I'll post this. Next stop will be Carlsbad, NM. Can't wait to see Carlsbad Caverns. Been wanting to see them for a long time. Been on the road 16 days, getting a little tired but having amazing adventures and meeting great people.