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Friday, April 6, 2012

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin TX [March 25th-27th] 2012

Upper McKinney Falls
Lower McKinney Falls
         Our Journey led us North to McKinney Falls State Park so we could visit Austin, which is the Capitol of Texas.  Here we found unique waterfalls formed over rock formations which they titled the upper and the lower falls with the water flowing from Onion Creek.  Another great Campground of Texas with lots of trails for walking, hiking and biking, with swimming in the creek.
Falls Formation

          Austin was a clean city with a nice looking Capitol.  Many young
people were there because The University of Texas was located beyond
the Capitol.  There was a popular  area on South Congress Ave called SoCo where there were lots of  quirky shops, galleries and trendy  eatery places and bars to music venues.
          Mike had a chance to kayak on Ladybird Lake while Buddy enjoyed the dog park along the shore where he met new friends and had a chance to swim in the lake.  There was a 5 mile trail all around the lake through the city where you could bike or jog along.  Of course it went through the dog park so bikers/walkers had to be careful as they passed through that small section.  Stevie Ray Vaughn's Statue was located along the shore-line as a memorial of the Great Blues Guitar Legend who had died in a helicopter crash in 1990.
Lady Bird Lake / Austin, Tx.
         We enjoyed the best hamburger ever at one of the establishments called Hut's Hamburger which originally opened in 1939.  The best part of the evening was watching the massive bat exodus from under the Congress Ave. Bridge which begins at sunset.  There are over 1.5 million Mexican free tailed bats, one of the largest urban bat colonies in the nation.  This takes place every night from March through October.  We also visited Lyndon B. Johnson's Library which was not a very nice architectural building -- more like a cement block with no windows. I think we are going to head over to Historical LBJ Ranch to see if it's   better looking than his Library. 
Capitol of Texas
Bat  Exodus
Dinner at Hut's Hamburgers



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