The twentieth floor room where we dined afforded splendid views of a Texas style sunset ... a pink ball of fire fading into the night while ushering in countless city lights that sparkled ever brighter as darkness settled in.
We seized the opportunity to be Texas tourists together for a few days by extending our stay a bit.
I thought the hanging tables at this funky taco shop were unique & fun.
Colorful guitars - each one different - are hidden in plain sight throughout Austin
- an eclectic mix of modern & old western architecture, folk art & live entertainment.
The Lady Bird River runs right through town. Wide open spaces, parks & walking trails lined with wildflowers meet up with its banks to provide a sanctuary for city dwellers to escape to & hardly even realize they are still - indeed - in the city.
In the evenings visitors converge here to see the mass exodus of the largest urban colony of bats in the world. The bats make the inside of the Congress Street Bridge their home from about April/May thru' late August/September before migrating back to Mexico. Reportedly there are 750,000 - 1.5 million bats in this colony and they eat aprx 1,000 mosquitos each every day! No wonder there's hardly any bugs in Austin! They poured out after dark when we were there. They're fascinating!
It was a bit unnerving to realize that we were viewing a fault line here! Yikes!