So I knocked out the food on our trip in the last post so here are some other fun things we did while in Austin.
3 Important Takeaways from this Post:
1. Bats are not kangaroos…but they can be just as cool.
Leading up to our trip, Mike’s sister had been emailing us loads of fun stuff to do during our visit. In one email, I noticed “Bat Cruise” and ruled it out. I had envisioned swarms of bats flying every which way and decided that was not for me.
|Lady Bird Lake at Sunset|
I could tell I was being labeled the “party pooper” but the subject was dropped. Closer to our trip, I noticed that everyone kept referring to “going and seeing the kangaroos” quite a bit. Now, I don’t know about you but I can be a pretty gullible person however, I do know that Austin isn’t in Australia and I’ve never heard of an abundance of hopping marsupials in the Lone Star state. Even with my gullibility, I quickly caught on that kangaroos = bats when speaking with Mike’s family.
Despite my reservations, I went on the bat cruise and am so glad I did! It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! We took a cruise down Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and returned to the Congress Avenue bridge just after dusk to watch the emergence of bats. Contrary to my fears of bats flying in every which way, they really do follow the leader! We could see steady streams of them flying in a pattern high above our heads. It really was such a neat sight to see!
|Crowds Gathering to Watch the Bats Emerge|
If you’d like to know more about the Congress Avenue bats, click here. When the bats finally left the bridge, it was too dark for me to capture some good pictures. Just Google “Congress Avenue Bats” and you’ll see some great videos people have taken of their flight!
2. You too can be a part of a giant postcard!
On our way to the Green Mesquite for dinner, we pulled off into a side street in a neighborhood. Lo and behold, the building on the corner has a giant Austin postcard painted on the side! Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to be part of a vintage postcard replica! Why not, right?!? Of course we jumped out for some family photos!
You know what was just as cool as the postcard?!? The vintage truck parked on the street!
3. The Texas State Capitol Has Great Air Conditioning and Cool Door Hinges
To escape the heat, we decided to take a look around the State Capitol while we were in downtown Austin. The architecture inside was gorgeous! I felt a like I was on a field trip back in school!
Check out the door hinges!
We had such a great time in Austin. I can’t wait to go back!
Even to see the “kangaroos” again