Tuesday, April 5, 2011

~weekend in Austin, TX~

Last weekend we took a quick trip to Austin, TX. It was a beautiful, delightful weekend. I just love traveling with my guys. {The puppies were naughty on this trip. We left them in the hotel room in their kennels for a short time so we could see the bats of Austin. We got a phone call from the owner of the hotel...our little doggies were fussing major and 5 separate guests had complained about them. Ah...the joys of traveling with pets!} ~ We took a little walking tour on the capital grounds:

We traveled down to Lockhart, TX to feast on some famous BBQ. Awesome brisket and turkey breast. Virgil and Stephen said the pork ribs were fabulous too. I personally could do without the sausage, but Virgil liked it alot.

OH my...making me want more brisket.

My sweet guys!

That evening we went down to Lady Bird Lake for a tour of the Lake which is located on the Lower Colorado river {not the same river that goes through the Grand Canyon!} The tour leaves at 7 p.m. We enjoyed a lovely evening on the lake which culminated in viewing the bats come out from the Congress Street bridge as they headed out for their nightly feeding.

This tower used to be the highest building in Austin. I'm not sure what it was originally, but it became a tower that fireman trained on. Meaning fires were set in the tower and the firemen in training put them out!

This is the Congress Street bridge that the bats live under. In the peak of summer up to 1.5 million bats reside here. It is a female colony and this is where they come to have their babies.

This is another bridge that crosses the lake. I just thought it was a pretty shot!

Kayakers! I don't know them...I just liked the shot! :)

Swans that nest on the lake. I think they will be heading north soon.

These are people lined up on the Congress Street Bridge waiting for the bats to emerge.

Those smudges are bats!

and more bats...{These are Mexican Free-tailed bats, BTW.}

The bats flying out over the trees. Heading out for a night of insect munching!

Austin is a cool town with a great laid back vibe. If I weren't such a country bumpkin, I could probably live in Austin.

Stephen says he's going to UT for his Master's Degree...maybe I'll just visit him there and remain a small town girl.

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