After spending 5 nights in Austin, my wife and I are back at home. The city was great and we loved exploring it. Hopefully if we make it back it won’t be raining daily and things won’t be flooded.
Today was our 2nd full day in Austin, Texas, and despite a weather report full of rain and thunderstorms, the day turned out surprisingly well. After a quick stop to get an exterior shot of the Driskill Hotel in the rain, I took another long walk and ended up at Rose Bud Isle park, which ended up having large parts underwater from the flooding. It wasn’t a total wash though, as the dam above the park was cool sight with all of the water being let go.
After some relaxing in the hotel room, my wife and I headed out for dinner and ended up walking around a bit before waiting for the bats to wake up and fly out from the Congress Avenue bridge. There are apparently a million of them living under the bridge and every night they fly out to go hunting.
Having just arrived in Austin, Texas yesterday afternoon, my wife and I have been trying to see as much as we can during our short stay here. Our first stop was a quick walk around the Driskill Hotel to take a closer look at the historic interior. The woodwork and stained glass of the interior is a sight to behold.
The next day we started out in the morning and eventually hiked almost 15 miles around the city. Our first point of interest was Barton Springs Pool. It was a few miles from our hotel, but it was a nice walk following the many walking trails in the city. Unfortunately, the pool was closed since there has been so much rain and it was flooded.
After walking from the Pool area, we ventured to the Zilker Botanical Garden and strolled around their gardens. From there, we headed back into downtown. Some of the walking trails were submerged from the flooding and closed down.
After stopping by Whole Foods for some lunch, we continued north to the graffiti wall’s of the Hope Outdoor Gallery. There is some very impressive work there and it is constantly changing, as artists are there daily updating the walls. Once we left that, we toured the State Capitol building and strolled down some of the boardwalk’s next to the river.
It was a long day with many miles of walking, but the sights were worth it and I am looking forward to exploring tomorrow.