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Trip Report College Vist # 1 - Hook em horns, bats and sushi - Austin here we go!

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My second trip to Austin - it is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities in the world... and yes, I have been outside of Texas :).

Who? My husband, myself and our 15 year old daughter headed south from Dallas on Thursday afternoon around 3:00 pm in hopes of missing any traffic - our main reason for the visit was to expose our 15 year old to UT. We are new to Texas - been here about 2 years this coming August from living in S. California - so our daughter has not embraced the idea of a public Texas school... I knew that UT might change her mind.

We arrived no issues after about a 4 hour drive no real traffic - waved to Baylor her sister's college on the way down :)

We were staying at the Marriott Residence Inn in Downtown - I would love to stay at the Four Seasons or the Driskell and my husband and I will try to go back at stay at the FS when it is just the two of us...but really liked the Residence Inn - it is an unusual property - as it is connected in the Lobby to the courtyard. I stayed at the Courtyard last March for SXSW - this time opted for the Residence Inn due to our daughter being with us. The RI has been updated recently - is very modern and the rooms were exceptionally nice for an RI. We had a one bedroom which we used Marriott points for - and our daughter slept on a roll away bed - which was very comfortable for her in the "kitchen/living room area.

We headed right out on a pedi-cab - as we had a river cruise for 10.00 each and to see the Bats on Congress Street - my family tends to groan and smile at me for always finding "something for us to do" my husband was a good sport - as he said "if Mom did not plan stuff we would never do anything when we go away" :) The loading area for the boats is right by the Hyatt.... I was already again loving the entire "vibe" of Austin - it is a very fit active city - with people with their dogs, running, walking, along Lady bird lake - all was going great...

The "bat tour" was PACKED to the gills - it was pretty funny - you really just cruise down Lady Bird Lake - learn something about the city - and then cruise back up to Congress street bridge to see the bats come out at night. I had seen photos online and was very excited... (might seem odd but it looked pretty cool)... well... it was not. It was sort of lame and we could have gathered on the south side of Congress street bridge or really on it - they did come out - but they did not swarm like the photos.... I guess they are stilll "pups" so that massive exodus will not really happen till mid August?... at any rate it was somethng to do and for 30.00 no big deal. We walked back across the bridge and headed to get something to eat...

There is no shortage of amazing choices in Austin. We went to Second street bar & Kitchen - it is my second (ha!) visit there - service was excellent as was the food and wine.

Headed back up to fourth street to get ready for our second day in Austin...

Trailer food, UT and sushi... does it get any better??

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