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North America » United States » Texas » Austin March 10th 2013

Today is my start on the Texas Freedom Trail!!! My goal is to visit as many sites that detail the history of Texas from its beginnings as a Spanish territory to a Mexican state to its own Republic of Texas and finally a state in good ol' US of A! I started very close to home in Round Rock, where the Chisholm Trail crossed a little bubbling brushy creek. The landmark, a weirdly shaped round rock in the middle of the creek, gave Round Rock its name. I also headed over to the cemetery to view outlaw Sam Bass's grave marker. Apparently he was notorious for robbing banks. Next, I visited several museums in the University of Texas including the Texas Memorial Museum to witness Texas Long Ago with its many fossils. My favorites are the ... read more
CHisolm Trail
The Actual Round Rock
Historic Round Rock Cemetery

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 21st 2013

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743Robert notes:We spent four or five days in Austin taking care of health stuff, getting some things for our trip and visiting relatives.Saw some friends off on their trip on Amtrak from Houston to Alpine and return.Visited Robert's mother and brother and sister, also saw a couple of friends and talked travel. They have also been to Costa Rica several times, had told us about Montezuma where we will stay about two weeks and love. They will begoing to New Zealand where we have been twice.We were planning on taking a taxi to the airport since we were leaving after most were off to work when my nephew Marcus offered to take us to the airport, which was wunderbar~! Thanks so much Marcus! In line to board in Austin this am, frantically trying to ... read more
Austin Airport
Legacy of Lance Armstrong
Austin Airport

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 18th 2013

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743While traveling around in Texas, visiting friends and relatives for the holidays and enjoying antique camp house in Llano, we encountered some interesting birds and such....You would think we would be experts by now as much traveling we do. Experts in the opinion category, that's for sure. What to bring, what to leave behind and making the lists.I (Laura) start making the lists weeks early and add too them as we go. Rather than just putting things on a list in a random manner, I title the lists by category: essentials, life would be nice with these, bedroom/closet, kitchen, living room, bathroom and fill in the items in the appropriate category. Maybe this is overkill but it sure does help me since we pack over a period of time and not just on one ... read more
Meadowlark, Winter Visitor
Birds of a Feather
Night Train to Alpine

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 10th 2013

I've been asked more than once in the past year how we manage to travel with kids, jobs, and a real life. My quick answer is usually something about how we have decided to prioritize traveling as our "hobby", and therefore we make sacrifices elsewhere in our lives. The truth is that I can attribute about 70% of our current lifestyle, plans, and experiences to a fundamental shift in my mind that occurred at about the time that I finished a particular book, almost exactly 2 years ago. The book is The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. The funny thing about this book is that I started it as a very light-hearted read in order to pass the time that winter. The book really grabbed me and I began to think about my own life, ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin December 2nd 2012

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743We slept until almost 9am, then went to a local coffee place for breakfast of yogurt parfaits. Taking coffee with us, we walked down Congress to the capitol building, which was huge, red sandstone, and surrounded by bronze statues. I should say I have never seen so many bronze statues in one city as I've seen in Austin. They had a few in granite or sandstone as well – including one of the Ten Commandments, which seemed out of place on a state property – but most were of bronze. My favorite bronze piece, along Congress, near the hotel, is of a woman who, when she learned that Sam Houston's men were planning to steal the state archives and move the capital to Houston, fired the town cannon, alerting the population, which came to ... read more
Typical Texas architecture
Downtown Austin
Capitol tree

North America » United States » Texas » Austin December 1st 2012

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743We woke at 5:45pm, dressed quickly, checked out, got the train, went through security, then had a few minutes a the club to send email before we boarded the plane for the short flight to Austin.Arriving Austin, we got the rental car (a Mini!) and drove to town to our hotel, the Driskill. They had been able to sell our reserved room, so we could not check in (not surprising), so we left our bags and went to the café for breakfast (very tasty). Then, it was time to go do some sight-seeing. It was about 75 degrees out and somewhat humid (not horrid, but you could feel it).We drove up to the UT campus: it wasn't far away, but we thought we might be able to find longer-term parking up there. We did ... read more
Ceiling of Driskill
Capitol building
"Main" building on UT campus

North America » United States » Texas » Austin November 23rd 2012

Godaften og glædelig thanksgiving her fra Texas! Vi er i dag ankommet til Texas' hovedstad, Austin, hvor vi stille og roligt har fejret den amerikanske helligdag thanksgiving med aftensmad på Hooters. Det er en helligdag de fejrer på højde med julen herovre, som vi har kunnet mærke i form af lukkede butikker og tankstationer, og lange køer på vejen mellem Dallas og Austin. Siden sidst er vi kommet langt, men har også fået nogle store og mindeværdige oplevelser, som turen har bragt os gennem det sydvestlige USA. Sidste blog skrev jeg i midten af vores uforglemmelige uge på et meget mærkeligt hotel, i en helt fantastisk by - Los Angeles. Sidste halvdel af ugen blev tilbragt i Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain(forlystelsespark) og Hollywood. Universal Studios er et kombineret filmstudie og forlystelsespark. Parken består bl.a. ... read more
Bruce Willis og jeg
San Diego
Death Valley

North America » United States » Texas » Austin November 19th 2012

It was very nice to be back in Texas with the warm weather. I would first make a short side-trip to San Antonio, seeing some of the history of Texas with The Alamo - the most visited place in Texas - where 189 defenders fought to the death against 1,800 Mexican attackers. While the entire defenders were wiped out, it would prove to be the inspiration for redemption and victory a month or so later. There isn't so much of a 'sight' to see (half a small church), but the history is interesting enough. Very strangely and bewilderingly, the street opposite the Alamo, (once an actual part of the Alamo grounds no less), now houses a Ripleys Believe it or Not Odditorium, Tussauds Wax museum, Guinness World Records 'museum', a Haunted House and Tomb Raider 3D ... read more
River Walk
State Capitol
Heading to the circuit

North America » United States » Texas » Austin November 6th 2012

We made it into San Antonio super late, and just crashed the hell out after another night of eating chips and cold soup out of the can. Also, the motel was so freaking scary. Birds everywhere, a security guard, and signs that warned patrons not to leave their rooms after 10pm. Good news was that there was a Taco Cabana across the street and it shared a parking lot with Whataburger. Rob discovered the A-1 Burger that changed his life, and he claims it’s the best burger he’s had on the road. That’s saying a lot as Rob’s hamburger consumption was way above the national average on this trip. We didn't do much in San Antonio except veg. One night, Abigail and I braved the 10pm curfew and the millions of birds to go get tacos. ... read more
Mr. T-Rex
Tiny Rob Reflection
Mellow Johnny's

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 31st 2012

Railroad Lore Every parent can attest that boys have an innate fascination with trains and railroads. At least we certainly did in my generation. I still vividly remember my first train trip. It was 1952 and I was 7 years old. My mother and I rode a steam locomotive pulled train from the border city of Mexicali to Mexico City. At seven I did not feel discomfort, although looking back I cannot imagine sitting in those rather hard seats in non-air-conditioned discomfort for two days. It was a great adventure. I loved every moment, the smells, the noises, the colors and the people. Tomorrow, I look forward to experiencing a travel back in time. To a time when the railroad was the primary mode of transportation in this Nation, “And the sons of Pullman porters & ... read more

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