Austin

Wow, how awesome is it here?  Hipsters, food trucks, bbq, I just don’t know where to start.  Drove down to Ft. Worth on Thursday to meet up with Speck, entertained his kiddo until his wife got home, and then we were finally headed down I-35 to Austin.  Had to stop at Buc-ees, probably the world’s largest gas station.  Seriously, over 100 pumps, and the parking lot was bigger than the Whole Foods lot in Fayetteville.  FOR A GAS STATION!  Made it in to the hotel around 12:30 in the morning (what a long day, it started around 5), and crashed.  Friday was rainy, so we went to San Marcos to the outlet stores to try to find a tie for my wedding.  No luck on the tie front, but I did find a sweet new sweatshirt and a couple of polo shirts.  Drove back to Austin, hit up the Alamo Draft House for lunch/movie.  Saw Batman v Superman, it was good.  I want to see it again.  And did I mention beer and food at the theater?  Back to the room for a nap, then we drove over to The Salt Lick for dinner.  Had sausage, brisket, and ribs.  Delicious.  Woke up at the normal time on Saturday (6:15), went and had breakfast at Jim’s #30.  Good migas.  After that, we hit up Top Golf.  Best two hours of hitting micro-chipped golf balls I’ve had in a while.  Oh, and bourbon before noon.  Good times.  Headed downtown afterwards, went to a place on 4th street called Franks.  You guessed it, hot dogs and beer.  What a good lunch!  After that, we needed to walk a bit, so we headed up to the Texas State Capitol.  Holy smokes, puts the Arkanasas Capitol to shame.  The rotunda is FOUR stories tall.  Toured it for a bit, got some cool shots.  Went down to the Austin Visitor’s Center to pick up a present for Jon’s kiddo.  Back to the car and back to the hotel for a much needed rest.  Went to Fogo de Chao for our big “date”.  We both discovered we can’t eat nearly as much as we used to.  Not a bad thing.  Got up Sunday morning, headed to South Congress to check out the scene there.  Had some tacos from Torchy’s Tacos; damn fine food.  Wandered up and down the street, buying some gifts.  Decided to head back to Ft. Worth around 1:30 or so.  Stopped again at Buc-ee’s.  This really is the greatest gas station of all time and place.  Ended up going to eat at Tom & Che’s, and then Sophie wanted ice cream, so we swung by Cold Stone.  Then, an early night to bed, since I had a five hour drive back to Fayetteville.  Monday monring, I said my good byes to Jon and Marty, and made my way back to NWA.  Now I’m home, and finishing this update, about to see my beautiful bride-to-be……

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