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Friday, July 26, 2013

Austins Got it Goin' On

From July 16 to the 24th I took some time for myself and went down to visit my oldest son in Austin, Texas. Wow. There's a place that has it goin' on unlike where I live in New York State. We have revived the historic marker program through private grant funding. Granted, I find them interesting being an historian, but markers aren't enough.

New York's latest idea is called Path Through History and from what I'm told, follows the thruway some how? I'm not sure. They have a nice website and all but there is only one thing about my area on it---surprise, surprise. They included the William Pryor Letchworth Museum listed under the "Natural History" section but nothing about the park itself. THAT is the attraction as you can see by all these Google images of Letchworth State Park.

So that's how we do it in New York. We seem very focused on the east half of the state. In Texas, it's a whole different story. They seem to know how to highlight everything they have and pull it all together. A very proud people those Texans!

Over the next few days I will be posting about my trip which will be a smattering of cool sites, bats, trailer parks, food, and Dr. Seuss. Odd combo right? Something for everyone. Here is a photo of each topic.


The Driskill Hotel- Allegedly the most haunted place in Texas.

Texas State Capitol. Wow! What a building!

Who can go to Texas and not go to the Alamo, right?


The little specks in the sky are bats flying out at dusk to feed from under the Congress St. bridge in Austin --thousands of them. I'll be posting video. It's awesome in the true sense of the word.


 Okay, this is not what we think of in New York when we hear the term "trailer park". It falls under food but so deserves a separate post of its own.


Doesn't this look yummy? It's Chicken Fried Steak.

Dr. Seuss

He didn't just do kid's books folks!

I'll be going in to detail on all these wonderful places over the next few days so stop back and see! And just for fun, a video of my son's cats chasing a Palmetto bug. He was almost as funny as they were. Starring Stinky, Alexander, and Calliope (in a supporting role). Guest starring Nicholas Ruggiero as the human.

(This is post #18 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)



  1. I lived in Texas years ago (for about 8 months) and never made it to Austin - I've always regretted it. I hope my path leads me to Austin one day - I want so much to see the bats, the gardens, and so much more.

  2. We love Texas! We have family over in San Antonio and travel all around when we head over there to visit. Austin is just too cool. Hill Country is also terrific. The BBQ rocks too.

    LOL at the Palmetto Bug video! We call them bis ass cockroaches here!

  3. I remember reading that the facade of the Alamo was way different back in the day. Specifically that it wasn't humped (heh). True?

    They say that detail is one of the reasons the 2004 movie was a massive flop; I would chalk that more up to general awfulness than anything.


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