Austin - Searching for Jesse James

Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Friday, April 30, 2010

We couldn't wait to get to Austin.   We have heard nothing but great things about this city, and the recent craze around Sandra Bullock and Jesse James makes it ail that much more intriguing.

Day one
Upon arriving we walked around the city to get a sense of the area.  It was HOT and very HUMID. We walked up to the State Capital, and then made our way along 6th Street (where everything is said to happen) - even on a Friday afternoon this place was already jumping. Austin is known for its venues and music scene, and there were tons of places to choose from. We even found a place called "Hoboken Pie", a pizza place that prides itself in making the "real thing". When approaching the place to check it out, this guy outside said to us.."its open, you can go in, this pizza is the best thing since water".  We will have to take his word for it, as we didn't go in.  While we were walking around, we came across a restaurant that was setting up for a Spring Fest later that evening, The Belmont.  So, we circled back there later on and took part of the activity.  For $10 we got $2 beers and amazing food.  It was the 3rd annual "Zilker Elementary Spring Fling" fund raiser for a local school.  The really fun part of the event was the 80's band "Radiostar", they were really very good.  We later walked along 6th street and just took in the energy of the city.  We were amazed at the number of large outdoor venues, all of them were packed, there were a tremendous amount of people having a great time - we couldn't believe the scene.  We hung out in this one place called The Ranch - this place was amazingly large, with many levels, and the people just kept coming in!  We closed the night in this 24 hour diner.  When we asked why they don't have Tuna Melts, the guy next to us quickly asked if we were from New York City - we didn't realize asking for Tuna Melts was a red flag to identify us as New Yorkers, go figure :)

Day Two
We luckily were in Austin this weekend, as there was an Arts and Music festival going on all weekend.   We made our rounds through the festival and popped in a local pub just in time to take in the Kentucky Derby.  That night, we had the best sushi in a very long time at Piranha Killers Sushi.  After dinner we took a walk along the river and noticed a bunch of kayaks, boats in the water hanging out under one of its bridges, together with at least a hundred people hanging out and waiting for something.  When we asked what was going on, it was described how every day, just a few minutes before dusk, swarms of Bats fly out from under the bridge. This must be a huge event because of the amount of people that were waiting around for it to happen.  After a long wait, a few handfuls of bats came flying out, but apparently it was a disappointment for the locals who are use to seeing large swarms take off.  Needless to say it was fun to watch the anticipation of others. That night our hotel was packed, with people of all ages, shapes, sizes and interests.  Austin seems to be a city where people come for the weekend to hang out and get away.

Day Three
We took our bikes out on this day and toured Austin.  We toured the river banks/river walks and went up to the campus of University of Texas (Longhorn country).  We saw the football stadium from the outside. It was a great ride, and there were many people out doing the same thing we were.  Also, as we rode along the river, there were herds of kayakers in the river/lake.  It appears Austin takes it's water sports very seriously, there were many boat houses where you could rent crew boats, kayaks, etc.  Later that night we had dinner in Sandra Bullock's restaurant, Bess Bistro, it was awesome, unfortunately though, we didn't see Sandra.

Austin is a very active and social city on many different levels and we really enjoyed every aspect of it.

April 30 - May 3
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Golda on

I can't believe you didn't try Hoboken Pizza!

Addy on

Muchachos ya veo estan disfrutando su viaje, de lo lindo y yo tambien.
Siganme mandando las opiniones que tienen de cada estado y las fotos, ya que he abierto un file con vuestro viaje.
Besos para los dos,

Elke on

Hi guys! I went to Austin once on business and loved it. A town with great margaritas. I remember running along that river in the morning before my business meeting. I totally forgot about the bats! Safe travels. Did you catch any Roller Derby? Remember to listen to the Whip It soundtrack when you drive. Just wanted to let you know that I am reading the blog and it's fab. xoxox Elke

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