We decided to daytrip up to Austin while we were visiting my sister in San Antonio. None of us had been and we were all curious.
I’ve always heard that Austin is so much like Portland. I’ve always sneered at the thought. Portland is Portland, there is no substitute. But walking down South Congress and going down some of the residential streets coming off of it, I kept thinking This street literally could have been picked up out of Southeast Portland and set down here. Downtown didn’t give me any Portland vibes, but SoCo totally did.
After walking SoCo, our feet hurt and the heat was getting to us. My sister went to meet a friend so Cass and I drove over to see the Texas State Capitol. He parked and hung out with Lexi in the air conditioned car while I hopped out. I planned on taking a spin through the building, but I had bad timing and the security line was pretty long. I didn’t feel like hanging out in the heat so I walked around the grounds and hopped back into the car.
I really wanted to see the LBJ Presidential Library so we drove over to the University of Texas campus. Wow, that’s a gorgeous campus. And their sports complexes are insane! It blew my mind that they had whole fields, stadiums, and gyms dedicated to individual sports. Lucky athletes. Again, I went to check out the library while Cass stayed with Lexi. I asked one of the men at the front desk how long I needed to reasonably enjoy the museum and he said I needed at least an hour and a half. Unfortunately Lexi was acting up so I felt bad leaving her alone with Cass to deal with for that long.
If you can’t tell, I have some unfinished business in Austin. If the opportunity to return comes up again, we would definitely go back. But next time we’re either boarding Lexi here in New Mexico or we’re putting in day care in Austin so we can go into all the buildings and explore more of the city.