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Daytrips from Austin

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2015 06 21_8195 blogOur hotel Vintage Villas was slightly further from town than we anticipated. Still not totally bad. We saw the Travis lake glimmer in short distance, however did not find a walks around it as we had anticapeted. We were closer to few other places that were worthwhile visiting. We saw  Wildflower Center, a Pottery Studio and a Glass Blowing studio to mention a few.

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The first one was Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It rained and rained, but still worth visiting. Most of the blooms were on their best in May, but the hill country was still in bloom, black eyed susans, firewheels. buttonbushes, flax, lantanas. Colorful. We missed some,  but the country side was serene and quiet.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a public botanical garden dedicated to creating a more sustainable earth through research and education. Situated 10 miles SW of downtown Austin, Texas and just inside the edge of the distinctive Texas hill country, the 279-acre Wildflower Center attracts 100,000 annual visitors. The center is a self-supporting research unit of The University of Texas at Austin devoted entirely to native plants, with more than 700 species native to central Texas, and the environmental benefits of native-plant landscaping.. The Wildflower Center also hosts changing exhibits of visual art and photography and features outdoor sculptures, walking trails, formal and research plantings, educational exhibits, and an annual sale of native plants. In 2013, the syndicated television series, Texas Country Reporter, hosted by Bob Phillips, declared the center the No. 1 site from which to view wildflowers within Texas. wikipedia.org
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To cover from rain we stopped in a shopping center, Hill Country Galleria. Upscale shops, but very quiet. We stepped into a furniture store during one of the downpours, where two young guys were just talking about Trump’s bit into presidential election next year. Great topic! Still is. The talk eventually moved to images and what people have from other places. Beau had an exchange student from Japan in his high school. The young man was very disappointed finding out that all Texans don’t don a ten gallon cowboy hat and silver buckle belt and yes, the famous cowboy boots! However Beau did ride into town to meet his friends on horseback. He came from poor family, he said, and did not have a car. That was funny, as everyone assumes only rich people do riding and own horses. The furniture was on sale, but way too western and way too big and bulky to our house and I truly I did not really need furniture. But the conversation was fun. The other young man in the store was Italian. His bet was that I am either Dutch or German based on my accent. I get that a lot. Better than some others. Don’t you think?
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