Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Home Again

Whew what a trip it was - 1400 miles to Austin Texas!  Not a lot of pics, I forgot my camera everywhere we went.  This is what greeted us:

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Oh. My. Goodness.  Was it hot.  Austin is a walking city, not great for driving, so I left the car parked - plus we'd picked up a horrid grinding noise outside of Waco on the way in, which continued all the way home, and turned out to be the brake rotors.  Thank God we still had brakes when we got home.

The biggest highlight of the trip for me was meeting Billie and Mick, from BillieBee's blog.  Two nicer people I have never met.  They took me out to lunch at Threadgill's, an Austin icon, where Janis Joplin got her start - very interesting history!  I could have sat and talked to Billie and Mick all day, felt like I knew them for years and just loved them to pieces.  Mick even bought me a t-shirt from Threadgill's, which I'm wearing right now, and Billie got me some gorgeous floss, fabric and floss holders - no pics, I sprained my ankle and am too lazy to get up.

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Me and Billie

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That evening, Sam's best friend's dad took us out to eat at Ironworks Barbecue - oh my gosh yum.

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The only downside to Ironworks is that they had NO AIR CONDITIONING.  I know.  I couldn't believe it either.  But the food was great!

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John and Sam - I cropped out Jordan and his dad, not sure if they wanted to be blogged, lol.

I highly recommend the La Quinta Capitol hotel, where we stayed.  Not a single bug, even outside at night on the terrace.  This is the view from the terrace -

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Rare that the pool was empty.  Comfy beds, tons of restaurants that delivered, it was lovely.

The capitol was a block away, so I braved the heat and took a walk over there.  I almost passed out by the time I got back, but it was so pretty.  Yes, I forgot my camera, had to use the phone.

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Sunday night, Sam had left with his friend to go back to Dallas, he's staying a bit longer.  John and I went and had dinner at the Radisson hotel next to the bridge where the bats live, right on the Colorado river - best cup of coffee I've ever had in my LIFE.

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After dinner, we walked over to the bridge to join all the hundreds of other people waiting for the bats to fly out.  Austin is home to the world's largest urban bat colony, it's incredible.

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Oh my goodness that was worth it.  It was an amazing sight.  As usual, I forgot my camera, so here's an awful picture - the "smoke" in the sky is millions of bats, after they'd come out from under the bridge.

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We ended up walking back to the hotel, it was dark but the temps were still in the 90's - I thought we'd never get there.  I had Fred Flintstone feet, they were so swollen.  But it was nice seeing the city!

I have to include a pic of a Texas rest stop - the silo's are the men's and women's bathrooms, they were very nice!

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So we're home now, unpacked and resting.  I slept for 16 hours last night.  I still feel like I'm in the car.  I sit down at my table and reach for my seat belt.  I love Texas, I lived there for 5 years back in the 80's and it was so nice to see it again.  You won't meet nicer people anywhere [except in Canada!].

I'm going to go rest my sprained ankle and maybe sleep some more - I'm so far behind on your blogs that I'm not even going to try to catch up.  Maybe in the next week or two I'll be able to.  Looks like I'll be planted in my chair anyway, lol....see you soon!

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A random Michigan sunset, just cuz


Sharon - creativity and family said...

It sounds exhausting but amazing, the pics you do have are lovely. I hope your ankle soon heals! Xx

KaHolly said...

Glad you're home, safe and sound! Billie mentioned she met up with you! She was so excited! Yeah, Tx in the summer, huh? Take it easy and hel that ankle!

sunny said...

You know it's a good vacation when you need a vacation to rest up when you get home! I can't imagine being anywhere without a camera, though. Glad you had such a fun trip!!

Dolores said...

Welcome back. It's always nice to go somewhere but nicer to come home. I hope the ankle gets better soon. Take it slow and easy. I suppose you could always read a good book while you're recuperating - or watch a movie on Netflix or some other site.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Missing you already Allie. We had a wonderful time. Stay cool...:)

Anonymous said...

You made me so homesick! =)

em's scrapbag said...

Sounds like a really fun trip.

Jeanette said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. Hugs,xx

Edith Csokmay said...

I have missed you so much. So glad you got away and had a wonderful time. The heat was almost that bad here too.
Rest that ankle and take care.

Sandra :) said...

At those temperatures, I would have melted outside, so I would probably stick very close to my air conditioned room and would have missed all the great sight seeing :D That's definitely not weather for fair skinned redheads, lol! Glad you had a good time, though, and got to visit with Billie and Mick :) Now go sit down and rest that ankle of yours! :D

Mickie said...

What a wonderful trip! I'm so happy you got home safely! It sounds like quite an experience but I could do without those temperatures!! Now keep that ankle iced and elevated! Hugs girlfriend! Mickie

Fiona said...

sounds wonderful.... except the heat of course but you fitted lots of fun in..

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. Enjoyed seeing all your pictures.

Shasta Matova said...

That is a really long drive. Looks like a great time despite the trip. Hope your ankle recovers quickly.

Carrie P. said...

I remember going through Texas in May and the temperatures were that high. I can't believe that restaurant didn't have air conditioning. I think bats are awesome and I bet that was really neat seeing them come out like that.


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