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North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 4th 2022

Today it was sadly time to move on from San Antonio, which has to be our favourite place so far this holiday - sorry Houston and New Orleans. We were heading to Dallas today, but as Austin is on the route so we through we would stop there on the way. Austin is the capital of Texas and is the site of the Texas State Capitol. We found it very easily and were also easily (and surprisingly) able to park on a street right by it. To make things even better, some kind soul had left two hours remaining on the parking meter, which was the perfect amount of time for us. Thank you whoever you are. After a quick visit to the Visitors' Center (well I suppose that's what it's for), we walked across to ... read more
Battle of The Alamo
Capitol Floor
Texan Capitol

North America » United States » Texas » Austin April 4th 2022

We had an early morning start -- without even breakfast -- but were thwarted once again in finding this lovely and only-here-in-hill-country-Texas golden-cheeked warbler. We hiked for about 2 hours at St Edward’s Park, seeing our first cactus anyway. The ground around here is not easy hiking, with many outcroppings of rocks and loose rocks – not like walking thru our forests of Ohio or PA where you can really sneak up on birds. We DID HEAR a few of the golden-cheeked warblers though. I am proud to say that my knee is doing great – yes, I’m tired when climbing in the heat, but no hip pain anymore, and I can’t really say the knee is anything other than stiff. We ended up at the Water Treatment Plant and were welcomed by a lovely Connie ... read more
Big snake on path
Texas bluebonnets
the ubiquitous Cardinal sings loudy

North America » United States » Texas » Austin April 3rd 2022

After our breakfast of bagels, sausage, and hard boiled eggs, we drove 1.5 hours to attend a nondenominational church in Waco – en route, and a very very good message focused on communion, which evidently is not celebrated weekly. And en route we also learned so much interesting info about Czechoslovakian immigration. (We kept seeing signs for kolaches, and Czech names for bakeries.) Evidently TX has more Czechs than another other state. They first came in the 1850s to lead churches to immigrant German Protestants. Their influence was so great on Mexican music it’s called “norteno” and our son-in-law knew all about it. Mariachi polkas?! After church we changed into cooler clothes, had our lunch of leftover brisket and our bagel borrowed from breakfast, and by the time we arrived at Balcones National Wildlife preserve it ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 3rd 2020

This entry will be different from most that came before it. One of the things that sets this road trip off from the others is that it was not a solo road trip. Jack and I had planned this trip for at least a month, and it would be his only trip for the season. Since it was a Big-12 team, we've begun to think of this as our annual road trip. Last year, we went to see West Virginia, and this year it was Texas. Of course, I did not want to go just to see Texas; the visiting team for this weekend's match up was my alma mater, TCU. Last year, I went to see them play at Oklahoma, and we knew from the outset that it was hopeless to expect TCU to win. ... read more
The only state entry sign I photographed on this trip
Love Buc-ee's, and love his 'mask'
Common sight for this football season

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

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

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