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North America » United States » Texas » Austin May 15th 2019

Hello everyone We have arrived in Houston Texas,so glad to leave the plane,not much leg room on the second leg,but hey we have survived. It’s lovely and warm here and great to catch up with our friends. We picked our bags up,and hopped on the car rental bus to pick up our car,we chose a Kia Sportage for our rd trip,next stop was the phone shop where we all got sim cards,Robyn couldn’t use your phone as the battery has died even when charging. On the road then to Austin Texas for 2 nights,slept in next morning,and then leisurely we went walking to city. Went on a 30min tour of the Texas capital building where all the decisions are made. Had a nanny nap in afternoon as we were all feeling jet lagged and then later ... read more
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North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 12th 2017

"Traveling! it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller!" quotes Ibn Battuta OchoKlan has arrived to the airport in Austin. The Texans welcome the North Dakotians and we now officially our the Irish Travellers= OchoKlan. Cowans, O'Furtads, McKrebs and the MacKontzs. We are scattered in different rows throughout the plane, but we don't care. Ireland, you beckon! (blog readers, upfront apologies to all grammar-police. I'm not much of a writer, so I'll tell the story in more photos than words!)... read more
Terri and David checked in and headed to gate
A TOAST to safe travels! Michael, Terri, David and Laura
Susan, Renee, Terri and Mike waiting for boarding call

North America » United States » Texas » Austin April 17th 2017

David and I are looking forward to our next adventure traveling through the Holy Land in Jerusalem. This trip will take us to many of the sites that Jesus and His disciples walked and preached. We look forward to sharing this great adventure with you.... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin March 27th 2017

Each year, a couple of my college girl friends and I plan a trip to a new city we haven't been to before. This year, it is Austin. Lizzie and I had heard so many good things about this place, and I had never really hung out in Texas, but Candice was skeptical. Until she started looking further into what to do. Then, Candice basically planned our entire trip. I arrived on Thursday night, the night before our little group was to meet up. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express near the airport and just got caught up on some sleep and enjoyed my nice hotel room. The next day, I was allowed a late checkout, then took the free shuttle to the airport to meet up with my friends. The airport is very nice ... read more
Shrimp and Grits
Bbq pork ribs at Salt Lick
Duchman winery

North America » United States » Texas » Austin February 15th 2017

I made a few trips into Austin while I was staying in San Marcos. I went in twice to the Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theatre to see a movie. Tad and Holly got me a gift card to there for Christmas. It is a theatre that serves dinner and drinks during the movie so I enjoyed the evening out. I made the drive in before rush hour and then driving back wasn't too bad by the time the movie was out. I found that Texas cities have a lot of traffic and all the drivers go at least 10 miles over the speed limit. I made one day trip into Austin and did the Hop On Hop Off bus to see the city attractions. I got to see the famous 6th Street where the music scene is ... read more
Austin - LBJ Library mural
Austin - LBJ Library Oval Office Reproduction
Austin - LBJ Library Oval Office Reproduction

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 28th 2017

I played with manatees in Crystal River, haven't done that for about 8 years. It's a rare and exciting experience, but the place has changed. Some people take the eco-conservation attitude to absurd levels. I got yelled at (literally) by some dingus for swimming beneath the surface of the water. Snorkeling is permitted, but apparently the snorkel must always be breaching the surface. Because people diving down to get a closer look is going to cause certain extinction. I couch surfed in Tallahassee for a few nights, reliving the college experience with some very welcoming hosts. I was lucky enough to see my aunt and uncle in Mississippi. More more love love! We had a little adventure getting lost in a swamp with the dogs. Family is important, it's you're identity. Love your family!! Between these ... read more
Outdoor shower
Falling Water State Park
Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 21st 2017

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743Spent our last night at La Quinta because we had an early flight to Costa Rica........6:30 which meant getting to the airport at 4:30! Used Pronto taxi service because we could a pickup in advance and our driver showed up early!Travel tip- always try curbside check inGot to the airport and tried our luck with curbside check in. We were able to check in there but did have to rearrange some of our items in our bags. Robert is never over on his checked bag until today. His bag weighed 57 and Laura's was 51. The curbside is much more generous with your bags being over a bit in our experience Took the big purple dry sack, first aid kit, peanut butter and horseradish out of Robert's. Put the purple dry sack into Laura's ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin December 30th 2016

Christmas Letter - 2016 Dear Friends and Family, Most of you know that I have been living at Brookdale Gaines Ranch, a senior-living community in Austin, Texas, since last January. Thanks to Erika, my interior decorator, business manager, medical confidant, morale booster, half of my vacation-planning team, mother of my oldest grandson (Daniel, age 11), and my loving and supportive daughter. I am happy in my stimulating environment that provides intellectual and cultural programs, daily exercise options both in and out of the pool, outings to dinner/theater, movies, horse races, “bat” cruises, weekly in-house live music/happy hour, new friends, kind staff, good food, and … well, this is why I now consider this is my new home. Matt and his wife, Megan, are the second half of my vacation-planning team. Their son, Cash (age 3) and ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin February 19th 2016

Austin Day One On the first day, we arrived and took an uber to our friends apartment where we settled in. Shortly after we went to Salt Lick for an amazing barbecue and southern experience. Day Two After waking up and taking our time we ventured out to the city of Austin. We drove through the strip focusing on the centre, the state capital. We drive through many districts enroute to Mount Bonell. Once on top of the mountain we walked along the ridge taking pictures of the city and million dollar homes along the Colorado river. The three of us then drove back to the city to go into different shops including the staple Tom Toms, Whole foods, Allens boots to find cowboy boots and enjoy some lunch at a Tex Mex place. We also ... read more
National Championships
Welcome to Austin
Police Box

North America » United States » Texas » Austin February 15th 2016

The self proclaimed "most liberal city" of Texas. It's this line that drew us here, and had us miss Texan cities such as Houston and Dallas. We were aware of the differences between the north and the south but never really knew how deep it went. Apparently Austin is the trailblazer for forward thinking and acceptance of all people of colour, gender and sexual orientation. We think the popular 6th street, lined with bars and pubs with happy hours offering large cocktails probably helped. When attempting to book accommodation for Austin, we found it incredibly difficult to find somewhere affordable and close to downtown. Turns out, our time here is right in the middle of one of the 2 biggest music festivals in Texas. This one became so popular its now on 2 separate weekends. Austin ... read more
Austin's creative skyline
The Capitol
Important decisions are made right here




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