Duane & Jo's U.S. and Canada Tour: 2008 travel blog

Texas Capitol

A foreign visitor expressed surprise at the monument honoring the Confederacy. It...

An interesting blend of politics and religion.

The Capitol dome as seen from the rotunda. Very impressive!

Another view of the Capitol and grounds which were very spaceous and...

Mike and Leslie

A cabin in the botanical gardens. It was built by one of...

Even the trucks are bigger in Texas.

Prisoners "working" on the golf course and in the campground in Lockhart....

An interesting rock overhang on our walk in McKenney Falls S. P.

As hard as we lookied for alligators, the only place we saw...

River Walk, downtown San Antonio.

Birthday celebration # 66.

As we headed west through "hill country, we were able to fill...

We camped in Lockhart, Texas because it was between Austin and San Antonio and we wanted to explore both cities. Unknown to us, Lockhart claims to have the best BBQ in Texas and we decided we couldn’t stay there without trying some of it. Perhaps our expectations were too high, or we don’t appreciate true Texas BBQ, but the meat seemed dry and lacking in the flavor we expected. The state park was nice, with a golf course where you can play 9 holes for $8. (We aren’t golfing on this trip.) We also visited McKinney Falls St. Park which is closer to Austin, and took a short hike on one of the nature trails.

Austin is the capital of Texas, so we headed there for our first day of sightseeing. We spent some time walking around the capital grounds and building. The grounds are very nicely laid out, with monuments honoring various Texas events and people. The rotunda in the building was quite beautiful. On another day, we visited the botanical garden. Central and western Texas has had drought conditions for the past year and a half and things were pretty dry all around.

While in the Austin area we visited with Mike and Leslie, long time friends and California transplants, now living in Georgetown. It was great to see them and fun getting caught up with children, grandchildren and travels.

We celebrated my birthday with a trip to the zoo (very nice) and dinner along River Walk in San Antonio. River Walk is along canals in the downtown area. It is lined with restaurants and shops and canal boats eager to give you a ride around town. We also discovered the historic town of Greune (green), a restored late 19th century community. Its buildings include the oldest dance hall in Texas, now a very lively bar.

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