P and I have been attempting an Austin trip since we arrived in Texas (one year ago). We finally made the 3 hour drive with our friends Jeff, Courtney, and Brecken.
Brenham, TX: Charming town of 14,000 people. An hour outside of Houston. Home of Blue Bell ice cream. Delicious. P's dream is to quit his job during the summers to work at the factory because Blue Bell encourages their employees to eat as much (free) ice cream as their hearts desire (unless cardiac arrest arrives before the desire ends).
Barton Springs. Zilker Metropolitan Park has a natural springs swimming hole (3 acres). Our favorite sight was when a teenage boy got out of the pool and started doing push-ups in front of some girls who were walking by. So funny!
Bats under Congress Bridge. We waited for an hour to see the 1.5 million bats take off for the evening, but were disappointed. Apparently, the apex of their exit occurs in late August. An army of 1.5 million bats charging the night together: cool. An army of 1.5 million bats charging the night one at a time: not cool.
Austin at Night.
Thanks to our friend Tasha, we ate at The Tavern which has delicious burgers made on sweet kolache rolls. Oddly enough, they constantly marketed that they are an air-conditioned establishment.
P was astonished by this microwave in our hotel room. Its resemblance to an ancient computer made him laugh.
The next day, we visited the University of Texas. Go Longhorns!
We are both considering earning our MBAs here in a few years (they have an exchange program with Brasil) and my mind was further pushed in this direction upon seeing this statue. At the front of the business school entrance is an enormous statue of a family with this plaque. Having graduated in MFHD, this was especially exciting to see family valued in a pragmatic, societal way.
Inside the Dome
While exploring the Capitol a group was gathering to protest the Immigration Bill along with other immigration issues. Regardless of political stance, it was interesting to see the First Amendment at work.
What state (or republic) are we in again?
After the Capitol, we went back to Zilker for kayaking (so fun!), bike riding, and Bocce Ball. Although we don't have any pictures, J is the current reigning Bocce Ball champion.
Not a bad 30 hours. Not bad at all.