Oh how we loved Austin…..
We arrived very early so once we were all unpacked and set up we went into town to get some lunch, we were told to check out Torchy’s Taco’s and boy were we glad we did, they were so good. After that we went for a nice leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens. The kids really enjoyed the ponds and watching the fish.
The next day we went searching for a little trail in town but couldn’t find it and ended up at Barton Springs, there was a huge playground so we played there all day long.
The kids were so excited that there was an outdoor swimming pool by the park that we had to go back the next day for a swim. Barton Springs is a natural spring that stays the same temp all year long – it was freezing but the kids didn’t care, and Brian was such a trooper and went in with them. We ended the day decorating ginger bread houses.
The next day we went to check out The Thinkery, another stop on the ASTC passport program. This place was fabulous, Declan really liked building an airplane and then shooting it out of their little cannon. They had an excellent outdoor playground which everyone liked, and a great water exhibit which I am glad we saved for last because we all left soaking wet. Oh and the life size Lite Brite was a hit too.
We also went downtown to the state capitol buidling. They had a really great visitor centre and we took a tour of part of the capitol building. Domonik was looking through the telescope to see the statue on the top more closely and we noticed a bird sitting on the star. I tried to put my phone up to they eyelense and the picture turned out pretty well.
Our last day was a rainy one, we spent the morning doing a little Christmas shopping, and in the afternoon we went into Bastrop to their Christmas market. They had lots for kids to do and the rain has subsided, the kids made crafts, watched a puppet show, decorated gingerbread houses and watched a christmas performance and some live music. It was a great day to round up our time here In the Austin area.
Brian and I were a little sad to leave Austin, we really liked the feel of the area and everything the city had to offer. But on we must go. We have a crazy week ahead of us moving every couple days as we hope to see some really amazing sights through New Mexico… Stay tuned 🙂