The Texas Chronicles Part Deux – Austin

So, where was I? Ah yes! After our trip to San Antonio, we made our way to our final destination on our short trip to Texas – Austin. My brother took us onto his military base which is Fort Hood. The street names were very interesting…and very Army.

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That one is my favorite.

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This fort goes on for as far as the eye can see. Everything was really brown, even the tanks, etc. It was definitely interesting to see. My brother had to go to a certain place on the fort early the next morning, so we were just doing a drive through to see how long it would take. It was definitely an educational and eye-opening experience.

Afterwards, we made our way to the city of Austin. I took a photo of these crazy huge structures. The highways here are so huge. Never seen anything like it. Plus they have to throw the Lone Star in there, of course.

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The first lot of these photos are from the car. We traveled down some of the main strips to get an idea of what was going on. Saw some pretty cool/funky stuff. Main reason we drove around first is because, well, it was about 108 degrees.

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They were filming this guy on a bike buying a homemade ice pop from another guy. Totally staged.

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Sure…

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*Shudders*

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At this point, we parked and walked up to the capital building.

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Of course, not before my brother has his fun…

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We were going to go in, but my brother had some sort of Swiss Army Knife thing with him, so that was bust. We then made our way back to the car and drove to the cute strip we saw.

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And yes, we had some of Amy’s Ice Creams. It was awesome!

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This was what I had. I deserved it. Want to know why? It was 108 degrees outside. The way they made the cups was like Cold Stone: mash all the good stuff into the ice cream on a cold block.

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And back to the strip!

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Army boy got in the way.

So, what did I think of Austin? It was ok. We did go on a Sunday afternoon, so it was basically dead. I’ll have to go back into the city when my brother gets home from the Middle East and hit up 6th street.

And then, it was time for dinner. My brother took us to this awesome Tex-Mex place called Chuy’s. Now, from my experience at this place, I can honestly say that everything is really bigger and SPICIER in Texas.

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HUGE plate of food. I forget what mine was called, but it had Elvis’s name in there. My chicken was coated in Lays Potato Chips. Yeah. It was awesome. Don’t judge me.

And so, that concludes my time in Texas. When my brother gets back, I hope to get a better feel for Austin. There is much music and drinking to be had!

I will leave you with one last photo:

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That’s only one part of the wires. There’s a whole left and right side you’re not seeing…with a lot more birds. Really creepy! That was right outside our hotel in Austin too!

~ by Rori on September 20, 2011.

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