Austin, TX

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Austin Lone Star Carefree RV Resort

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday, April 12th

We got up pretty early and headed out for Austin, TX. We decided to go to a campground first, see if they had any sites available for the night, and check out how easy it would be to get downtown from there.  We ended up going to the Austin Lone Star Carefree RV Resort.  Jared went in to see if they had any sites and check about getting in to downtown Austin.  They did have sites available for the night and they gave him a map of a bus route that runs pretty close to the campground. So we set up at the site and then headed out to catch the bus. We had perfect timing and got to the bus stop and hopped right on the bus we needed. We got off the bus right before the Capitol Building and went in for a self guided tour. It is the second largest capitol building after the National Capitol in Washington, D.C., but it is almost 15 feet above the one in DC. It was pretty cool we were able to walk all over to check it out. It was lunch time so they didn’t really have much going on in the House of Representatives or Senate rooms, but we still went in to have a look.

After the Capitol Building we walked over to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which tells the story of Texas. It starts on the first floor with Spanish colonists coming to Texas and their interactions with the native people. It has three floors and proceeds through Texas history to the most recent information on the top floor. It was a nice little museum that didn't take to long to go through. We enjoyed the way it was laid out though.  While we were there we decided to hit up the IMAX Theater and see Tornado Alley. It was narrated by Bill Paxton and followed different storm chasers. It was a cool 45 minute film.

After the museum we headed down Congress Ave. to find a late lunch/early dinner. We found a pretty cool area heading on 4th street from Congress Ave to the Warehouse District, which was full of different bars. We decided to eat at Ten Oak. I had a hanger steak, Jared had wings and we got fries to share. My meal was delicious. Jared said his wings were just alright. It was happy hour though so we got some drink specials. Then we decided to hit up some other bars for happy hour specials. Our next stop was Truluck's Restaurant, where we had some more happy hour drink specials and we split two cupcakes for dessert. One was carrot cake and the other was molten chocolate. They were great, the carrot cake one was both of our favorites.  Our next stop was Hanger Lounge's rooftop bar. Once we were finished our drinks at Hanger Lounge we headed to the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch for swarms of bats. They were supposed to start flying at dusk, but they waited until it was darker out. I didn't that great of pictures because of it, but I do have some where you can see like one or two bats. Further down from where we were standing you could really see them swarming out. I think a little later in the year it would be lighter out and you would be able to see it better. Pictures online of when it is taking place are definitely at a lighter time.

Once we were done watching the bats we decided to catch the buss home. We were lucky again and were just in time for the bus. If we were a couple of minutes later we would of had to wait 40 minutes for the next bus. When we got off the bus we stopped at Walgreen's to get some trash bags because we were all out and then we decided to stop at Whataburger for a late dinner.  Our burgers were just what we needed.

Oh and Nash did not chew off his bandage all day while we were gone and he is no longer walking with a limp. We think it is because the bandage is keeping it all held together tight so that the flap can't fold backwards opening up the cut to the ground. We are going to change out his bandage tomorrow before we head out of the campground.
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