Monday, October 29, 2012

Texas Trip Day 6

Today was our final day in Austin.  At first, we planned to spend the last night in Austin, then drive home over Saturday and Sunday, but I had seen so many things we wanted to stop and do on the way home, that I knew we'd never fit it all in if we didn't get a head start on Friday night.
We decided to keep Friday low key.  We did have passes to ride the "Duck Tour" through downtown Austin (a gift from our sisters in law - thank you!) and I thought it would be fun to see St. Edward's University, where my sisters in law went to college.
It was a beautiful campus!  We arrived and wondered why it was so empty.  Turned out it was 'Founders Day' so everyone was out of class.
Beautiful grotto.

ML acting like a squirrel eating a nut:

Our sisters in law told us that Austin had become famous for it's food trucks, so we decided to give the ones on South Congress a try.  

Great stuff!  There was every type of food you can imagine - Korean, Indian, BBQ, gourmet, one that sold everything served in a cone, and one that served only things inside a falafel.  And it was all so good!

After our super yummy lunch, it was time to load up on our duck tour!

We saw so many beautiful buildings.

Governor's Mansion:

You could tell we were getting closer to the water:

And then, splashdown!

So fun!

Back on dry land, we passed Suzanna Dickinson's house.  I wish we would have had time to stop by there, she's one of my favorite historical figures.

Once off the duck tour, we headed over to the famous Driskill hotel.  We saw some 'stars' along the way:

The Driskill is beautiful and well worth a stop.  If we hadn't had two tired kids and a car to pack, we would have stopped in for a drink or a bite to eat.

We made our way out of downtown and back to my sisters in law's house.  We packed up and in short order, we were headed toward the Arkansas border!  Little Rock, Presidential museums, and Graceland here we come!