Earlier this year, in celebration of their 50th anniversary, my brother Joe and sister-in-law Linda enjoyed a wonderful trip with their children, their children’s spouses, and their grandson. I loved that idea! Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 0 — September 2019
It was a lovely fall day in Connecticut, with a temperature of about 75 degrees. Getting to JFK Airport is often stressful because of traffic conditions, but this afternoon, even with lots of construction, our driver knew some short cuts. The drive took about an hour and a half. We had no problems at the gate and looked forward to a quick and quiet flight. Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 1 — Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Austin must be in the western part of its time zone. We thought that because when I awoke, I was surprised to be greeted by darkness. Nick and I, being morning people, decided to find breakfast. Knowing that our children are not morning people, we let them sleep in. Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 2 — Thursday, September 26, 2019
On Friday morning, Dawn and Carla were awake when we were. We took them to our our Mexican breakfast spot, where everyone enjoyed tacos with a variety of fillings including eggs, bacon, and refried beans. We were beginning to recognize patrons from the day before. Actually, they made it easy, because they were very friendly, welcoming us to their city and making suggestions for things for us to see and do. Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 3 — Friday, September 27, 2019
Nick and I awoke at 8:30 AM, late for us, but early for Nicholas and Carla on a Saturday. Dawn texted that she was awake. Our breakfast place was only open on weekdays, so the three of us decided to eat at our hotel. Dawn and I shared a spinach and mushroom omelet that we both thoroughly enjoyed. While we were eating, Carla joined us.
Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 4 — Saturday, September 28, 2019
Nick and I ordered breakfast to share: poached eggs on potato cakes, pork belly, jalapeno hollandaise, and sliced tomato. Even with us sharing it, this was such a huge meal that Nick wanted to return to our room for a nap.
We went to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which begins with
dinosaur bones and ends in the present day. Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 5 — Sunday, September 29, 2019
Nick had brought a belt buckle that he has had since before I met him 45 years ago on the trip. The belt can’t be repaired but it can be replaced. We called Allen’s Boots, and they said they could help him. So, after packing and saying good-bye to Nicholas, whose flight was before ours, we took an Uber to Allen’s Boots on South Congress Street. Continue reading Austin, Texas, Day 6 — September 30, 2019