LBJ Library, Austin, Capitol, Museum, Cynthia
Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
102Trip End Jun 30, 2013
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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)
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
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
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