LBJ Library, Austin, Capitol, Museum, Cynthia

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday/Monday March 10 & 11    We left College Station after a storm all night but it stopped about an hour before we took off.  Austin is under so much road construction coming into the city on route 290 that it was hard to follow since part of the road will be toll in the future.  Stopped at LBJ's Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus.  Standing in front of the library one could see the football stadium and also the famous Clock Tower where a shooter killed so many students decades ago (the security guard that killed the shooter just died this week.  The Library (even had a section about our mayor of Providence being a Head Start graduate) was great, very interesting.  The University of Texas is huge over 50,000 students (thank heavens they started their spring break this week).  I was driving the RV and it was easy to drive the roads through the University around the Capitol and museum row.

    Headed to our campground Pecan Grove RV Park (where Matt McGonagle? lived in his airstream) right in the middle of Austin (Gary and Doreen you would love this spot).  The campground has mostly permanent sites and only three for overnighters and two of the sites could take a big RV.  Some of the permanents sites have gardens and really wacky RV’s.  Austin is considered a wacky music town and it wants to remain wacky.  Great friendly town with nice people, a great bus system, wonderful museums and plenty of historic sites.  Bike trails all over the city riding the sidewalks, streets and trails.  People love to be outdoors exercising.

   Went to a great Mexican restaurant Chuy’s on Sunday night (this is where Jenna Bush was arrested for underage drinking).  Where the campground is located is like restaurant row and all within walking distance.  Chuy’s is interesting inside,actually there are so many cute restaurants with great reputations all within walking distance of the campground.  The bus system in Austin is great – right at the entrance to the campground bus 30 took us right downtown to the Visitor Center and Capitol all for a $1.00 each way.

  On Monday we visited the Visitor Center and their exhibits, the Capitol (which is considered the best looking one in the nation).  At the Capitol the AFT teachers were picketing and meeting outside and inside.  The capitol was packed but we were lucky that we got in the back door and had a nice tour.  This legislature only meets every two years and passes a budget for two years at a time.  Do you think RI should do this?  RI has a million people and Texas has 26 million. 

   When we finished with the Capitol tour we walked north about five blocks to the Texas Museum which is outstanding.  The history of Texas is amazing with land grants, cowboys and Indians, war with Mexico, Civil War, Oil Boom, etc.  We spent over three hours in this museum and that was going through it quickly – you could spend a week in the museum.

   Headed back on bus 30 to our campground and then rode some of the bike trails which sometimes were dangerous.  Runners, bikers, walkers, parents and kids walking etc all on the same trails and not watching out for everyone else, still it was very nice riding along the river and watching the ducks and all those on the river boating.

  When we pulled into our campground the friends that had camped with us for over a week drove in just to talk to us since they were house sitting for about three weeks in Austin for a sister.   We also went out to dinner with Cynthia and her husband Tim Monday night at a great barbecue restaurant right next to our campground called Billy’s.  Look at what we ate!

  This week is the big South by South West music, film and technology festival being held here.  Over 45,000 people here for that and it is the largest in the world.  This is huge- bands, stars are all trying to be discovered.  There were so many famous people here especially for the film competition.  My son asked me about it and said that his matron of honor's  husband at his wedding  was sent here last year for business since he is in advertising.  I checked out the schedule just for one day and there were about 50 events happening from early in the morning to after midnight.
  We should have spent a week in Austin!

Review of campground:  Sunday, Monday – March 10 & 11  Pecan Grove RV Park     This park is right in the middle of the city of Austin on Barton Springs Road which is called restaurant row.  The park has a lot of permanents and only about three overnight sites so if you plan to camp here you need to call for reservations about three months ahead.  You can’t reserve online.  The price was $35 for full hookups, cable, wifi and the owners really had great suggestions of what to do etc.  Sites are right next to each other.  Checkin was quick and so informative.  So many cute restaurants within walking distance.  The city bus 30 stops across the street and for a $1 they will drop you off and pick you up in front of the Visitor Center on 11th.  The capitol, music district, museums, University of Texas all within walking distance.  Another bus may take you near the LBJ Library but we went there before we checked into the campground since it is off of interstate 35 on  University property with a big parking lot.  One can bike from the campground to one of the bike trails by using the sidewalks and it is an easy ride.  Bikers are all over this city on the sidewalks, streets and trails.  Very bike friendly.  The Visitor Center, Texas Museum and Capitol are all good places to visit.  We loved this campground, this city and people that live there.
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Karen--did you get to the Alamo? Just watched an old movie with F. Parker playing Davey Crocket!!--killed at the Alamo!! Linda

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