We don’t vacation ofter, but this year we took a trip to visit family in Austin, Texas for Spring Vacation. We went into Austin the first day, visited their new VooDoo Doughnut (from Portland), went down to Congress street, and saw the Capital Building. That evening we took a boat trip on Ladybird Lake to see the thousands of bats come out from under the Congress Bridge at dusk.
The second day, we drove down the highway to San Antonio, saw the Alamo and the beautiful buildings downtown. We took the highway through Hill Country home. We drove through the beautiful little towns of Dripping Springs and Blanco. The wildflowers were just starting to bloom –Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)and Indian paintbrush (Castilleja spp.) were just starting to peek out.
The next day, we went back to Blanco to visit the cafe, pottery studio and antique stores that were all closed when we drove through the day before. On the way down we tried to stop at the Texas Hills Olive Oil Company but it was closed on Tuesdays. Along the little country road we found a spill-over – rather than the water running through a culvert under the road, it runs right over the road n- gorgeous. In Blanco, I found an antique butter press for a souvenir and a handmade casserole dish with an armadillo on the lid and had a bite to eat at the Redbud Cafe. On the way home, we stopped at the Andalusia Whiskey Co. where Joe tried the White Pearl, the Revanent Oak and the Striker. The place is beautiful and the proprietor was so friendly and knowledgable.