May 23 and 24, 2009 – Austin, Texas
We took this trip to celebrate finally being at a place in time where we weren’t saving up for a car, wedding or a house and so we decided to take Memorial Day Weekend and explore such a cool town together. It was our first time together out of state and we had such an amazing adventure. We took Sonny’s car and stayed at a fairly nice hotel 15 minutes outside of Austin for two nights. We only had a mapquest printout from home to the hotel, and a list of possible places to visit and their addresses with a small map of the general wherabouts of each place. The world was our burrito to explore at will!
We were delighted to discover Texas-shaped waffles, the Onion newspaper in actual newspaper form, guitar players on nearly every corner. We also discovered Sonny’s ability to read a map and direct me to the correct location and my lack of ability to do the same.
We so adored Austin! We didn’t have too much of an agenda in mind before we started exploring; we just had a list of possibly interesting places and their addresses. We saw many amazing sights and generally had a wonderful time, stopping whenever we saw something that caught our eye. There were so many quirky music shops and guitars all over town, it’s definitely a place we could’ve explored for days on end.
The Treaty Oak, a once-majestic Southern live oak in Austin, Texas, is the last surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for Comanche and Tonkawa Tribes. Foresters estimate the Treaty Oak to be about 500 years old and, before its vandalism in 1989, the tree’s branches had a spread of 127 feet. The tree is located in Treaty Oak Park, on Baylor Street between 5th and 6th Streets, in the West Line Historic District.
Sonny was SO EXCITED to actually find an actual newspaper for The Onion! He’d been reading it online for quite a while, and we didn’t yet know that Austin, Texas is where the actual newspaper was based. So much fun!
TEXAS-SHAPED WAFFLES! How awesome is it to unexpectedly find state-shaped waffles?
Texas in the nighttime is absolutely wonderful!
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