Saturday, May 5, 2012

Austin Update

Austin deserves any and all hype that you have ever heard about it. This is our 4th visit and every time we have a great time. From the great restaurants, gay bars, farmers market, swimming holes, and running trails - its awesome. It also has the University of Texas so in an otherwise somewhat conservative state there is a huge pocket of liberal, hip people. It's also a very active community - people are out and about running, biking, and swimming.

We arrived yesterday and promptly headed out and about to make the most of our short visit. I have a conference in San Antonio starting on Monday evening through Friday of next week. Between now and Monday it's all play time here in Austin.

We had dinner at an excellent Mexican restaurant called La Condesa.

I have a feeling since we are in Texas and it is Cinco de Mayo weekend that we will be eating a lot of mexican food! That's okay - it's one of our favorites!

We went out dancing at a sports bar called Oil Can Henry. It was packed because as we found out there is a gay softball tournament in town. We talked with a guy from Phoenix who told us all about the league and that there were 70 teams in town.

This morning we got up early and each went for a run on the trails along the Colorado River. Its my first run since the marathon last Sunday. I covered just over 8.5 miles.

From there we made it to the Farmers Market.

And a quick stop into Mellow Johnny's bike shop for a couple of new shirts.

Lunch at Foodheads which we discovered a few visits ago. I had the best squash sandwich ever!

Then on to our favorite swimming hole in Austin - Barton Springs! Another of our favorite places in Austin.

Finally as I write this post we are beginning our Cinco de Mayo celebration and having marg's and chips on the patio of El Chile Cafe y Cantina.

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!


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