We have had the official outdoor Austin experience…lots of hiking, curbside BBQ, and walking around town. It’s been a fun visit, even if it was lacking the nightlife and live music that Austin is famous for.
May as well lead off the photos with the food! We hit two of the top 5 rated BBQ joints, which involved a lot of leftovers. I think we’ve possibly eaten some form of BBQ 6 of our past 8 meals…thank goodness we’ve been getting in 5+ miles a day of walking!
Micklethwait’s Craft Meats: sausage, brisket and ribs! A+ with extra credit for the mac and cheese and cheddar jalapeño grits!
Leroy & Lewis – BBQ Thanksgiving dinner of smoked turkey, cranberry BBQ sauce, mac & cheese and honey bourbon whipped sweet potatoes. Needless to say we have some calorie repenting to do!
Hiking at Goodwater Lake. They describe it as a “classic central Texas limestone trail” which I translated to “keep your eyes on the ground or it’s going to kill you”.
Crockett Gardens Spring. This area has tons of natural springs.
Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. We were not there at the right time of day to see the famous colony of bats coming or going, but we could hear them up under the Congress Street bridge when we walked beneath it.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Sculpture Falls along Barton Creek. Popular swimming hole when there is water! The limestone creek bed was pretty neat.
We had a great walking tour around the University of Texas Austin. Pretty campus, but eerily quiet with all the students gone home.
Scott outside the football stadium.
Me with saber-toothed tiger aka “Smilodon Fatalis” which sounds like the most made up Latin name ever.
We will be here one more day then off toward FL with a few stops along the way.