Austin - Searching for Jesse James
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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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
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
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