February 25 – March 3, 2015.
We spent most the week in Austin, TX which is one of our favorite cities. It’s vibrant and bustling (these days). We were able to visit friends and had the privilege of staying with Kim and Kyle.
We had dinner with Deborah and Bobby (close friends and neighbors of our friends Kim and Kyle) (plus, Erin’s met them before). It was lovely. We got to play with their very energetic and charming children too.
Jackson took the below pic but it’s L-R Erin, Kim, Bobby and Deborah.
They have chickens and gave us some fresh eggs (which Jackson took on a hunting trip the next day).
Jackson got some guy time with Bobby and Kyle.
Jackson turned 33 last Friday so he got his wish for the day – getting his free birthday drink from Starbucks and gaming most of the day 🙂 See him in the pic below in his natural habitat.
Austin has some odd and neat things to visit. One is a Cathedral of Junk which is a huge structure built buy a guy (Vince) in his back yard of found objects. Erin invited her friends Leslie and Travis (friends she met through co-operative housing conferences years ago) to join us. This was something to see.
We gave Vince a bag of Mardi Gras beads to add flare to his structure. One man’s junk….well, is another man’s junk cathedral.
A big highlight for Erin was joining Kim at one of her friend’s bachelorette parties. Jenn is a lovely girl and fun was had by all! We went on Texas Winos tour out to Hill Country to visit 3 locations.
The first venue had a pairing menu of 9 samples of Italian food with appropriate wine with each.
Next was Fat Ass Winery where we took a load off, drank fast and enjoyed the character of the place.
Above see Liz, Erin, Mike (an old friend of the Austin girls but also the tour guide), Diana (sister of the bride-to-be), Julianne (also a sister), Kim and the bachelorette herself Jenn. What a crew!
Last, we went to an old general store in Hye to sample wine from other wineries. We also shared a fresh loaf of soda bread….a great idea for a day of drinking!
Erin is Kim’s doppelganger (above). They were born attached (conjoined twins) at the head. above is a rare photo of the sisters demonstrating there congenital pre-surgical position. Doctors were able to separate them at a young age.
Above see live country music at the general store. Needless to say, the bachelorette party brought a certain flare to the tour! We danced up and down the isles all the way back into Austin.
The bachelorette fun continued back at Jenn’s place (we were playing something like pin the tail on the donkey below).
The next morning the girls met for a bridal brunch.
Jackson did a bit of a boys weekend while Erin hung out with the ladies. The other photos couldn’t be released.
We wrapped up our time in Austin, said bye to our friends and headed to San Antonio.
Erin went to the Alamo (I mean, you’re in San Antonio, you gotta do it). Next we did the River Walk through the downtown. It was so lovely. This city is worth another visit just for this.
Jackson played the part of a river ninja below.
We visited the art in Travis Park before we visited our friend Daniel and then settled in for the night.
After San Antonio, we got on the highway and headed to West Texas which is a cool drive (everyone in Texas says it’s awful but we loved it). More to come next week.
1 US state this week (TX), 20 in total during the trip
305 kms this week (190 mi), 11544 total on the trip (7173 mi)
Spent $700.07 this week, $12507.70 total