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    Greetings from Austin!

    Oh my gosh, we're in a tiny house!! SO cute!

    It's wee little bitty but feels spacious and is maximized for storage. Where you'd have dead space in a real house, this one has cubbies and shelves - nothing is wasted. The campground itself is super nice and surprisingly inexpensive.

    Yay! We're going to like it here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Oh my gosh, we're in a tiny house!! SO cute!

    It's wee little bitty but feels spacious and is maximized for storage. Where you'd have dead space in a real house, this one has cubbies and shelves - nothing is wasted. The campground itself is super nice and surprisingly inexpensive.

    Yay! We're going to like it here!
    Can't wait to see the pictures!

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    My cousin lived in Austin for a few years and absolutely loved it.
    "You die and go to heaven, I'll stay here in Bermuda".

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    We don't really take advantage of Austin the way we should because we spend a lot of time with my kids and grands when we're here doing family things. We did spend an afternoon in Gruene, which is an historic shoppy/eaty/drinky section of New Braunfels.

    We took Riggs to the Thinkery, which is a hands-on learning place that's fun for adults as well, and we went to the family festival at Camp Mabry by accident - we had a trip to the Texas Military Forces Museum planned and when we got there we found that there was a thing going on.

    I still want to get to the Capitol - its ridiculous that as many times as I've been here I have never once set foot inside - and I want to go to the LBJ Presidential Library.

    Monello went deep sea fishing over the weekend with my son and his friend, while I joined my future DIL in her wedding dress odyssey, got a haircut, did a little shopping, and kept my grandson overnight.

    Austin tourism is a bit daunting just because driving from one place to another is a PITA. Traffic is terrible and the spaghetti bowl freeways are quite convoluted - difficult to navigate without GPS, and sometimes that doesn't really help you. Just taking Riggs to his soccer game Saturday morning and coming back burned 3 hours of drive time, and it's only maybe 20 miles away. But we also aren't necessarily "on vacation". I'm still working every day and we also do general living things, like laundry and grocery shopping, so we don't have whole days to be runrunrun tourists. Weekends is when we usually go on walkabout, but when we're here weekends are spent on cookouts and such with the kids. Which is fun, don't get me wrong, but it does cut into our tourist time.

    Also, I hate crowds and I hate jockeying for parking. There was a festival thing downtown yesterday that I had planned on going to, but the more I thought about the chaos....

    We have ten days left before we leave for FL to pick up the motorhome and head to Nashville, so we really need to bust a move on the tourism front.
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    Saturday we joined my daughter and her beau for a pub crawl in the 6th Street area. There are like 8 brazillion bars/restaurants in a 6 block area - we hit probably 6 or 7 or them. Super interesting themes and lots of them with outdoor seating. We drank a crap ton of beer.

    *hic*
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    Today for Monello's birthday we went to Lockhart, TX, which is the BBQ Capital of Texas (which is the BBQ Capital of the World). Super cute historic town with interesting buildings and, of course, a disproportionately large number of terrific BBQ joints.

    We ate at Black's, which has been serving up slabs since 1932 (and is still owned by the same family). Here's some food porn:

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    Ribs, brisket, Monello had green beans and I had borracho beans, and we shared an enormous Fred Flintstone size beef rib that was the best I've ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Today for Monello's birthday we went to Lockhart, TX, which is the BBQ Capital of Texas (which is the BBQ Capital of the World). Super cute historic town with interesting buildings and, of course, a disproportionately large number of terrific BBQ joints.

    We ate at Black's, which has been serving up slabs since 1932 (and is still owned by the same family). Here's some food porn:

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    Ribs, brisket, Monello had green beans and I had borracho beans, and we shared an enormous Fred Flintstone size beef rib that was the best I've ever had.
    Would be PERFECT if that soda was a nice cold Bud Light bottle.

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