So how do we beat the heat, you wonder?
We floated for hours at Reimer Ranch Park in Travis county. We also visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. The lines were not as bad, mid-week, as I imagine they'd be on a weekend. If you 're ever in Texas, these are not bad spots to visit.
We stayed in Austin...was nice to visit my old stomping grounds.
This motel is smack in the middle of great dining and shopping on Congress Street, and just a few minutes from down town. Actually, it's pretty central to a lot of Austin attractions. You can easily get to Barton Springs pool and park, the capitol, 6th street, you get the idea.
We ate here, which is walking distance to the motel. It's not my favorite Mexican food place in the world, but is in walking distance to the motel, is good, and reasonably priced.
The scene was much the same, a few shops have changed...many have remained the same. One noticeable change was the addition of many food trucks. I like the "chicken" signage for this truck. I suspect the recent tv show series on Food Network has had something to do with the food truck phenomenon in Austin. I can say that there were slim to none on Congress, with the exception of 1st Thursdays, five years ago.
All in all, it was a nice little get-away. Austin, I miss you.