We spent Thursday in Houston staying with some of Mason's family and then it was off to Austin for the sights and an interview for Mason. (that was the whole motivation of the trip) The drive from Houston to Austin was BEAUTIFUL!! There were wild flowers scattered all over the highway. Plus the weather was beautifully warm the whole time we were there. I even got a slight sunburn on my legs. Yay!
We took a little side road to look at the flowers. I don't think I would mind living here at all! Although they do say that the humidity in the summer gets a little rough.
Above is a picture of a bunch of bluebells - the state flower.
Once we got to Austin we went downtown which was suppose to be a hoppin' place with lots of live bands. All we saw were a bunch of drunk college students. Maybe we came at the wrong time. Here is Mason at one of the 'clubs' (more like a bar). Yes that is a jack-a-lope behind him. That was the name of the place. They had a giant jack-a-lope at the enterance but Mason wouldn't sit on it for the picture. Neither would I. :)
Then we walked around toward the river.
At sunset there is a colony of bats that live under the bridge. So we hunted out the perfect place to watch the sunset and the bats come out.
It was a pretty place. There were ducks swimming all around and little turtles kept poking their heads out of the water at us. Every time I tried to get a picture of one the red-eye detector on my camera would scare them away.
You can kinda see the bats in this picture. They look like a flock of birds. They are just little guys! But it was cool to see them all coming out!
I'd say one of the biggest memories of the trip was staying with Mason's uncle and family. They have 8 kids with 6 of them still at home. This is Elise, the youngest, who was my best buddy the whole time. She was as cute, or cuter, than a button. The perfect little Texan cowgirl! It was so fun to get to know them better!