We probably should have been a little more prepared for how…crowded…Austin was on the weekend the University of Texas hosted its (football) season opener. We left our hotel around 9:30 a.m. to try out a cafe some UT alumni friends told us was tops for breakfast. It took awhile to find a place to park, and when we finally made it to the cafe, there was a line out the door.
We’re not patient people, so we headed to another cafe we’d heard of in a different neighborhood, and it was the same thing – nowhere to park and line out the door! We decided that we’d just wait for lunchtime to eat and we headed up to Mount Bonnell, one of the things I’d wanted to check out.
It was a little bit of a drive, but once we got up to the point where you could walk to the top, it was worth it!
Across the water we could see these huge mansions and we were trying to figure out which one was Sandra Bullock’s 😉
After Mount Bonnell we tried to go to a BBQ place that had a “gospel brunch” going on, but they too were packed, and then we stopped by a taco place that had been recommended to us and the line was about 15 people deep and there was nowhere to sit 😦 I was starting to get really tired of this!
Thankfully, finally, we found a BBQ place called Ruby’s BBQ that had plenty of seating. It was off the main campus strip of Guadalupe Street, and it was very, very good!
Now fueled up, we could proceed with our day!
We walked around the University of Texas, where I was particularly intrigued by the bell tower, from which a student killed 16 people in 1966.(When we visited Chicago I made sure we went and found the site of the Valentine’s Day Massacre – which was just an empty lot by then. I have a morbid interest in these things).
Our next journey was back to downtown, where we visited the original Whole Foods!
There were a lot of neat features that we don’t find in our local Whole Foods, but the only thing we came away with was some 365 shampoo/conditioner because the hotel shampoo did NOT agree with my hair, and some Texas peach salsa and queso. Yum.
“Keep Austin Weird” is an oft-seen logo on bumper stickers and T-shirts, and there are definitely a lot of unique things about this town!
The last thing I wanted to do was get dessert, so we found this little cupcake place called “Delish” and I got a cookies ‘n cream cupcake while husband got Mexican Vanilla.
The wedding we’d made the trip for was for 5:30 Sunday night, so we went back to the hotel around 2:30 to shower, rest, and get dressed. The groom was one of husband’s good high school friends, who had relocated to Austin and met his future wife there. They met at this bar called the Mohawk while waiting for free tacos and a show during a South by Southwest festival. They got engaged at this same place and decided to get married there! It turned out really nice.
I wore this dress from Old Navy.
After the wedding, the couple had hired several of their favorite local bands to play sets, so it was like a free concert series! It was a really unique and fun wedding, it seemed to fit the couple’s personality perfectly.
We stayed til about 10:30, so that was about a 5-hour evening for us, and I was quite exhausted! On Monday morning we woke up, ate free continental breakfast, and then checked out and got on the road.
It was very windy in Austin on Sunday, and I was very sad to hear about the wildfires claiming so many homes in Central Texas – the windy conditions only worsened the situation that day. We actually drove through Bastrop County, one of the highly devastated areas, on Saturday as we headed to Austin. Hearing that a main highway we’d used had been closed due to the fires, we took a different route out of Austin to get home, but could still see the billowing smoke miles away.
So many prayers go out to everyone affected by this! We had a great time in the Austin area and I hope to return soon!