BIG NEWS! We’ve recently solidified our next project!!! We won’t be able to get started for about another week, so unfortunately you’ll have to wait until then to find out what it is (if you don’t already know). We had been waiting for several months to hear about this project and had just been kind of floating in the mean time, but now it’s (semi) official! “Semi” because we’re still in Texas and we can’t technically do anything until we get to Denver haha.
Our lives for the next little while are going to be pretty hectic, but I guess we’re kind of used to that :). We are so excited for this new project and extremely grateful for all of our family members and friends who have been major supports for us as we’ve been trying to figure out all the details! It really will be a huge new experience for us and we’re just praying that everything will end up going as smoothly as possible!
Wow, can I be any more vague?? Anyways, our next project has to do with travel (obviously), so as sort of a celebration for solidifying it we decided to spend a weekend in Austin! And let me tell you, it was amazing. Right now is seriously the perfect time to travel to Austin. The skies are the bluest blue and the clouds are big, white, and fluffy. The temperature is hot enough to enjoy a cool swim, but cool enough to enjoy the big sun. Since it is pretty much perfect there right now there are a lot of people out and about enjoying all that the Austin outdoors have to offer. At first we thought it would be annoying to see so many people doing what we were doing, fighting for parking spaces, and getting stuck in traffic but in the end it really wasn’t all that bad and we loved the feeling of community that filled every nook and cranny of Austin that was filled by hoards of people.
We started off our trip later in the day than originally planned, so our first stop was BBQ. We went to a trailer park of food trucks in downtown Austin for lunch and got ourselves some meat at Brisket Boys. We were the first to show up at the park and I was a bit nervous for our safety… From afar (and actually even close up) it looked very run down, but once we got our food there were at least 20 other people eating at the various food trucks. I think this particular park would be fun in the evening, so you don’t see how run down it looks, but also because they have a lot of light strands going from food truck to food truck and over seating areas. It seemed like it would really put off a nice ambiance 🙂
After lunch we met up with some friends at Zilker Park. Carter and Naomi hit it off immediately and loved playing with each other. Naomi is a few months older, and she’s a lot trickier haha so Carter spent a lot of time just trying to keep up with her. We ended up kayaking for a little while and the kids absolutely loved it! The water was so cool and refreshing and it is incredibly clear! We were there on Friday afternoon so it wasn’t very crowded. On Saturday, we drove over the river at one point and it was insane how many people were on kayaks/canoes/paddle boards! I felt like I saw more boats than water.
Funny story. We were really rushed trying to get out the door and on the road Friday morning. We thought we were pretty good at packing since we’ve done it sooo many times, but we were both trying to do the same thing on many occasions so I think we figured the other person would take care of certain things… We forgot our kayak oars. We were less than an hour into the trip and I just casually asked Scott where he was able to fit them and he immediately hit his fist to his forehead. Ha! We’d have to forget something right? Well lucky for us, there was a boat rental place close to where we parked so we asked how much for oars and they laughed and said, “If you have your own boat, you can rent our oars for free!” Lucky us!
For dinner on Friday we stopped at a food truck called VIA 313 for Detroit Style Pizza. I didn’t know Detroit had their own style of pizza (I lived in PA for several years… should I be ashamed?), but we had heard a lot of great things about this place so we decided to try it. And we were apparently too hungry to take a photo of the pizza before eating it all, but essentially it’s a deep dish pizza cooked in a square pan. Also, instead of the sauce being between in the crust and the cheese, it’s just dolloped on top of the cheese. It was really really good too!
On Saturday we woke up early (thanks Carter..) and headed to Hamilton Pool. It’s a good thing we headed up early though because they only let a certain number of cars in at a time and it can get really busy on Saturdays. Especially Saturdays as beautiful as this one! Once parked, we started off with a hike to the river, and then hiked back to the pool. Here’s what Wiki says about Hamilton Pool:
“Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres (0.94 km2) of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot (15 m) waterfall flows. The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone that rest by the water’s edge; large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above. The ceiling and surrounding cliffs of the grotto are home to moss, maidenhair fern and cliff swallows.”
Basically, it’s awesome! The water was 65 degrees that day so it was cold, but it was very refreshing to stand and wade in it with the kids in shallower parts and take a dip every once in a while. Carter loved throwing rocks in the water, so that’s basically what his 3+ hours consisted of!
Carter was in desperate need of a good nap after getting up early and having such an active morning, so we took a long drive to get back to Austin and found ourselves at P.Terry’s for dinner soon after Carter woke up. Apparently this is like an In-N-Out wannabe (or vice versa? I’m not sure which was first), but they really did have a lot in common. We liked the fries at P.Terry’s better than In-N-Out, but the burger was no where in comparison; In-N-Out’s is better. It was fun to try a popular, Austin-native burger place though!
We took our delicious dinner to end our Austin trip at Mt. Bonnel overlooking the beautiful Colorado River and the downtown area. We had such a great time in Austin with friends exploring just a few of the things we had on our list of things to do. We’re excited for our next project and the opportunities we’ll have to get to know more of the US!