Austin Folk House Bed and Breakfast
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... of more than a million Mexican free-tailed bats - the largest urban bat colony in the world - leaving their roost under the Congress Street Bridge at sunset for their evening feed.
Tomorrow it's off to the Hill Country, and then later in the week, San Antonio. Looking forward to wildflowers and long-horned cattle.
This week's random thought - You can always earn more money, but you can never buy more time!
... were born and that was a big enough claim to fame in my blog.
And so to Austin; apart from a brief codicil in Dallas, the final scene in Act II.
In 2012 the FBI ranked Austin as the second safest major city in the U.S. That was comforting, but not necessarily the reason we chose Austin as our Swan Song for Act II of our American odyssey. The colloquial bumper-sticker, "Keep Austin Weird" is closer to the mark...but just between you and me, it was not ...
... we needed. It was the ideal house we would be looking for if we were able to afford such a thing in Austin. Kaitlyn and I unloaded the car, took some showers and got all gussied up for their arrival. After picking them up from the airport the first thing on everyone’s to do list was eat. Since it was Texas our first choice was BBQ. I had done some extensive research on the subject and determined that John Mueller’s BBQ was a must. Much ...
... I would like to state we did not request him as a host - he contacted us!! )
Saturday morning we are brought to a couchsurfing meet up at a brewery open day. A group of CS hosts from Austin were meeting up here and hanging out for a while - 10$ for a pitcher and you can refill it 3 times. Here we met some cool lads who advised us on all the cool things to do in town and told us we could stay with them no hassle if we wanted too.
Then our host took us on a ...
... a good time and it was so nice to do this when it was not
oven hot. The last time I went rafting down the Guadalupe my sides got
chafed before I was even touching the inner-tube. On the way to the
river we drove past Gruene Hall, one of Texas's oldest dance halls.
Kara and I had been once doing our best imitation of the two-step. We
certainly stood out due to our lack of pressed Wranglers, cowboy hats
and two-step history.