Friday, July 24, 2015

Austin Trip: Kids, Anniversary, Food

Wrapping our time up in Central Texas; heading back to West Texas.

We came down from Lubbock to visit our oldest son Ryan, Lisa, and grand dogs Millie & Beanz, before they head back to Florida, celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, and of course scout out local food. And get in a little baby talk - Lisa is 17 weeks pregnant with our first grandchild, sex unknown, but we predict a girl.  They were already in The Oak RV Park in Cedar Creek, TX, so we just got our reservations there as well. 

The kids purchased a RV trailer knowing there were some issues, but really didn't know the extent until we got started.  Isn't that normally the case.  We were able to get them in pretty good shape in the limited time we had; water damage fixed, carpet out, painting started, and minor maintenance.  They will continue with the remodel by painting rest of trailer and add wood flooring...can't wait to see the transformation completed.

Water damage left corner, built-ins, and all that brown

Rebuilt corner/floor, closed bay door

Finish product (without flooring)


We might of had limited time, but being foodies, we made plenty of time to search out local eateries (so we thought; afterward found out some have moved into the Dallas Metroplex). Stay tune, as it really deserves its on post.

Featuring breakfast for three

It has been so hot our RV weather station showed temps as hot as 105 (heat index around 110) during the day. Needless to say we didn't get out to really site-see much during our two week stay.  Yes we made a few side trips while out, but the one thing we wanted to see was "bats".  Congress Ave bridge is the BIG hangout to see the bats in Austin...hundreds, thousands, or even millions of them, so I checked the bat website (yes the bats have their own website) for the time schedule during our stay (8:45-9:15 p.m.).  The site states the bridge is known for its 1.5 millions bats - SWEET the biggest siting yet.  The first time I ever seen bats was in Big Bend N.P. and they scared me to death, now I want to see millions in one place (lol).  
Unfortunately that didn't happen :(( We seen maybe a handful before a water vendor came strolling through, soon hearing a soft voice say... "Have you seen any bats yet?" 
Us:  Oh just a few...
Vendor:  "They haven't been coming out much, it's been a long time since the masses where seen".
Us:  Really
Vendor:  "Your best bet is to go under the bridge to see them".  
Us:  We wanted to see them in flight.  We had already been standing there overlooking all the water activity below, so snapped  selfie and we opt to go look for food.  

People everywhere waiting for the bat show

Selfie on the bridge
Our hopes, but only saw a handful

July 11-24, 2015

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