for the last week and a half, we have been in columbus, texas, which is basically in the middle of nowhere. look for a riveting post on that soon. we are, however, about an hour and a half from austin, so we got a hotel this weekend and had ourselves a little vacation.
without further ado, here are the chronicles of austin, part one.
then, across the street and up a bit, we found this iconic mural. the irony of my kids bickering and shoving at each other while they made their way to their spots is not lost on me.
so. congress street. check.
after running around and deciding we were not in the right mindset for the free public tour, we went back outside to walk around the grounds a bit. there were a lot of sculptures. and i got this shot, looking straight on at the capitol building.
after the capitol, we were off to zilker park, where we had high hopes for an afternoon outdoors. sadly, the parking situation quickly dashed those hopes. we finally found a spot, way far away, under an overpass, and decided to just hit science and nature center (instead of walking 500 miles back to the parky part of the park).
i’ve also neglected to mention that i had some serious allergies on this day. so at this point i was tired. and my eyes felt like they would pop out of my head and i was going through tissues and toilet paper like crazy. so, i just dragged behind my crew, watching from afar, in a miserable haze.
thanks to a meltdown from one lidkid, we only lasted a few minutes digging for bones, before we had to head out. on the way out, we stopped to play in this little creek area and that turned out to be everyone’s favorite spot.
before we went to the hotel, we made one more quick stop to take our picture with the “greetings from austin” postcard mural. hazel was decidedly done for the day, so here are the three best pics, none very good. 🙂
we went to our hotel, which was a little north of the city, and were pretty excited when we realized it was right next to an in n out burger. i haven’t had it since our trip to san francisco before kids. it wasn’t as magical as i remembered it, but it was a good enough option for a cheap family meal…
isaac opted to take advantage of free hotel wifi to watch dan tdm on youtube. and hazel and i went to bed. happily.
stay tuned for austin, day two…