We didn’t just stuff our faces in Texas (and evidence to prove it)

Austin Motel

In case you couldn’t tell, when my husband and I travel, our trips revolve around food. When we each made our lists of “what to do” in Austin, my husband’s list was fine-dining focused (Qui, Uchi, Barley Swine) while my list was mainly beer (Craft Pride, Hops & Grain) and food carts. But at the very bottom of my list was a separate (tiny) category called “Things that don’t involve eating.”

On that list, there were three items: visit the Barton Springs Pool, walk down 6th Street and hike around Lady Bird Lake.

I am happy to say we did all of those things and more — which is kind of shocking considering how much time we spent eating!

We checked out the Texas Capitol Building, which sprawls across the metro area.

Everything really is bigger here in Texas and the Texas Capitol Building in downtown Austin is no exception!

Everything is bigger here in Texas and the Capitol Building in downtown Austin is no exception!

Inside the dome -- the Lone Star.

Inside the dome — the Lone Star.

Inside the Senate Room -- look close and you'll see that the lights spell out Texas.

Inside the Senate Room — look close and you’ll see that the lights spell out Texas.

We took the bus out to Zilker Park so I could swim in the Barton Springs Pool — a man-made pool using water from the natural springs. When I first read about the pool I expected it to be a hot spring. But when it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s a blessing that it’s actually a “cool” spring. The temperature rarely varies from a (very brisk) 68 degrees. Which means it’s best just to dunk yourself, don’t try to do it slow — once you’re in, it feels great.

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

After that we played some miniature golf:

Yes, this place is totally creepy but super fun! And you can BYOB.

Yes, this place is totally creepy but super fun! And you can BYOB.

Did some kayaking on the Colorado River:
Kayaking the Colorado River, Austin

Walked down 6th Street (known locally as the “dirty sixth” for good reason) — which is like Austin’s very own Bourbon Street. Imagine lots of bars, clubs and intoxicated college kids. I’d post a picture here but it’s probably best to just leave it to your imagination…

We rented a car and drove to the Lockhart (the BBQ capitol of Texas as well as a stop along the historic Chisholm Trail ) and the Lockhart State Park:

Lockhart Courthouse

Lockhart Courthouse

Cactus Flower, Austin

And I spent a fair amount of time at the hotel’s rooftop pool. During the day it was a great place to relax with a beer, at night it was the perfect spot for watching sunsets.

Pale Dog Ale, Austin Tx

Sunset from the roof, Austin

And we walked. Oh did we walk. We walked so much that I don’t think I gained an ounce on the trip even though we were constantly eating. I think the shortest day we walked 2-3 miles, the longest days we were walking somewhere around 4-5. Mostly we would walked the “Bike and Hike” trail which was gorgeous. It was a perfect way to get from our hotel to downtown — offering glimpses of the city center and Lady Bird Lake through the trees.

All in all, I think we managed to balance out our eating obsession with enough local sights and culture to make it a well-rounded trip!

View of Congress Bridge from the trail

View of Congress Bridge from the trail

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    • I take vacations very seriously. I’m sure I torture my husband with my to-do lists when we travel but hey — we can watch TV and lay in bed at home! Gotta make the most of any trips we take. And yeah — the mini-golf place was kind of unreal — lots and lots of weird statues in it. A friend of mine said it was like the “place of nightmares”. :O

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