Keeping Austin Weird

Trip Start Feb 29, 2008
Trip End Apr 25, 2008

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

After Houston, we were off to Austin, TX to spend the weekend with Lauren (who went to PA school with Kara) and her husband Adam and dog Molly. We got there around 9:00 pm with just enough time to change out of our driving clothes and then we were off to dinner for our 9:15 reservation.  We met up with some of Lauren and Adam's friends for dinner at Adam's favorite restaurant Ranch 616.  We were told that if Austin could be summed up in one restaurant, this would be it. We walked in and immediately knew why, there was quite an ecclectic collection of stuff on the walls from pictures of some of the people who have eaten there to numerous animal heads. The food was awesome and I think I have finally gotten Chris to start eating fish. We split the Talapia plate and he actually loved it!!  After dinner we went home to rest up for the next day's tour de Austin.  We woke up the next morning and started off the day right with some kick ass breakfast burritos.  We spent a little time shopping on Congress Ave at places such as Lucy in Desguise with Diamonds (a crazy costume store) and Uncommon Objects (antique store). We were then off on a driving tour of downtown Austin.  First down 6th street for the infamous bar scene, which wasnt too crazy at noon, and then a drive by of the Real world house which has been turned into a mexican restaurant. We drove by the Texas capital building and around the UT campus where we saw the LBJ library. We were then going to meet up with Adam's brother Jonathan and Lauren's "cousin" Tara when Lauren decided we HAD to have ice cream...which was damn good.  After meeting up with the other two we went to Mount Bonnell overlook, which had great views of downtown and Lake Austin. After a ton of pictures, we left to go to the prettiest  lake in the world (according to Lauren) Lake Travis.  When we got there, we definitely were not disappointed. We skipped out on Hippie Hollow, a local nude beach to go have a drink at an amazing restaurant, "The Oasis". A three level restaurant with huge decks with outdoor tables overlooking the whole lake, check out the pics it was gorgeous. After soaking up the sun for a while we decided it was time for dinner.  Chris apparently had not had his bbq fix yet, and we were told that the best bbq was only 30 min away and well worth the drive, so we were off to The Salt Lick. Now for those of you who havent been to a "real" bbq place, it is unlike any other restaurant I've ever been to.  We stopped off for beer first cause its BYOB...and then when we got to this place it was this huge compound with multiple buildings and the local sheriff there directing parking traffic (guess not much goes on in rural texas on a sat afternoon). Oh and when you check out the pics make sure you take a good look at the sheriff's attractive jeans :) Anyways we went into one of the buildings and there was a huge pit right inside the door with a whole cow practically being grilled, awesome.  The seating was family style on picnic tables and the food was incredible. Best brisket I've ever had....(yes even better than jim n nicks...ha) After we completely stuffed ourselves to the point that we couldnt  really move it was definitley time to go...after shoving the pecan pie in first. Then it was definitely nap time....passedddddddd out.  When we woke up it was either get dressed and go downtown to 6th street or stay in dressed in sweats and play apples to apples while watching meet the parents. We went the lazy route knowing we had a long day of driving ahead of us across the great state of Texas.  Apples to Apples is a great game, who knew that on-line shopping is more revolutionary than the big bang theory or the renassiance...haha classic.  All in all it was a great weekend, and I love the city of Austin, if it were only closer to home.  A big thanks to Adam and Lauren and Jonathan and Tara for driving our asses all over Austin and the outskirts. We had a blast, and will definitely be back sometime for another weekend visit.  Well now its back on the road, with a LOT of Texas to cover....hope yall had a great weekend.   Miss ya....Kara and Chris
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Where I stayed
The Aseron's
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