Thursday, November 16, 2017

Surprise Hike

Yesterday, Toby and I headed to Roy G. Guerrrero Park after first stopping in for a tasty lunch at Donn's BBQ on 969.

We've been to this park before to check out it's Secret Beach, but we had never hiked the trails.

Luckily, the trail head a nice big trail map displayed. Unluckily, it showed a portion of the trail being closed due to bridge maintenance. We decided to take our chances and  hike the loop anyway.

Even though the day was not hot, it was a nice shady trail that gave it a really autumn feel....








We came upon this big tree with a cube hanging from it...


I assumed it must be some kind of  'art' because next we came upon this artistic looking bench made up of different tiles of children's artwork....


Then Toby spotted the surprise. We could see downtown through the trees. Apparently we had walked all the way to Lady Bird Lake...a.k.a Town Lake...


We kept walking along the trail...



Until we finally made it to the Lake....



 Downtown looked so small from this vantage point of the lake...



We headed back to our car. I didn't pictorially document the part of us illegally crossing the DO NOT CROSS barrier at the closed bridge along the trail. From the looks of it, we weren't the only ones who had been doing it though, so I guess that makes it okay?

It was an enjoyable hike.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Look What's New

This week Toby and I headed downtown to the Whole Foods so I could grab some more fresh turmeric. Whole Foods is the only place in Austin I've been able to find it fresh.

I figured it would also give us a nice city walk, and I wanted to check out the new Austin Central Library. Being an avid reader, I always enjoyed libraries. As a kid, reading books and going to the library was one of my favorite activities.

Mobile always had very nice libraries so I was a wee bit disappointed when we moved to Austin and their libraries were a bit substandard, in my opinion. Call me a library snob, I suppose.

That, toppled with the fact that my daughter and husband do not share the same affection for the library, it's been awhile since I've blessed a library with my presence.

Austin outdid itself with the new Central Library. I was beyond impressed. The amenities were astounding and too many to mention in this post without boring a non-library type. Even Toby was impressed and said it was a place he could see himself sitting and reading a book at the window...




There is a lot of construction going on around the library. Expensive condos, I'm sure...




There was even a few outdoor sitting areas....




Toby said these chairs look like lips...




 There was also some sort of little art trail that we decided to save until our next trip downtown...


Also, some kind of interactive book trail, that I plan on looking into later...




I love this picture of the little old man and lady sitting on the bench. You don't see many old folks in this fast paced, young people city so it was refreshing to see. This is probably going to be me and Toby one day....


If you're a fan of the library, you certainly don't want to miss a trip to this beauty.

On a different note, it's been like spring around here for the Monarchs, moths, butterflies, bees and bumble bees...



 




Also, pretty blooms and sunsets....








Monday, October 30, 2017

Biking and Fright Fest

Last week Toby and I went on a 10 mile bike ride on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. When we're biking it's hard for me to snap photos because I don't want to keep stopping us just for me to take pics, so I only got one photo when we stopped to check the map....


It's a really nice trail that meanders through a few different parks. I'm looking forward to going back again and exploring more parts of the trail.

We also went on an overnighter to San Antonio for Fright Fest at Six Flags. We scooped up Skye's girlfriend so they could spend the day together too.

Fright Fest was really fun, but a bit overcrowded for my liking. We also got a huge nail in our tire on the way there that made the trip a little more challenging. All in all, we had a good time. We bought a season pass for Six Flags, so I'm looking forward to going back at a more less crowded time....is there even such a thing at Six Flags???? I hope so.







 







Even though I enjoy getaways, I'm always glad to get back home to my own home and bed.