Look...over there...it's a bird...it's a plane!
Pat and Diane "enjoying" the art at Serranos!
My friend Chad lives in Austin, so I called him, and he joined us at the hotel for a drink after we explored the area a little bit (including a stop at a GREAT ice cream place called Amy's!). It was SO good to see him again! It's been about 4 or 5 years since we last saw each other, so we had a GREAT TIME catching up.
Compliment or insult, "the girls" said he fit right in with us INSTANTLY, so he spent the next two nights showing us around his city.
Monday night, after the conference, Chad picked us up (it was SO NICE not to have to deal with taxis!) we started our evening with a trip to one of Chad's favorite bbq joints: Rudy's. It was REALLY good! I was a little "surprised" to see that it was also a gas station, but that didn't detract from the food.
Chad warned us that "newbies" to the place got singled out and shouted about, so Pat and I TRIED to pretend that we'd been there before. Would have worked, had Diane not shouted out "they've never been here before, and neither have I!!!". We pretended that we didn't know her, and grabbed our food and ran to get a table...
They had GREAT bbq sauce!
Chad working on his sandwich
Diane REALLY liked the sauce!
At the edge of the bridge before finding a place
from which to watch the bats
Pat and Chad on the dock
Me and Pat
Me and Pat again!
One of the swans, looking for a handout!
Chad met us at the hotel bar, and then we went to a place that I'd found on a website (localeats.com, or something like that) called "Shady Grove". It's a bbq place where most of the seating is under a big pecan tree outside the "cookhouse". We got a table up on the stage (no live music on this night, apparently!), and it was a HOOT of a place!
SoCo has a lot of funky art, and cool cafes and shops. The photo below was taken outside one fo them.
Pat wanted to learn to "two step", and Chad knew JUST the place!
After learning to "two step" (well I should say after Diane, Chad, and Pat learned the "two step"...I SUCKED at it!), Diane wanted to have a picture taken at "Coyote Ugly", so we walked down the street to check it out.
After the conference ended on Wednesday, we checked out of the hotel, stored our bags at "guest services", had a BLAND lunch at a salad bar buffet place near the hotel, shopped the stores nearby, had a photo op on the cow statues behind the hotel (see below), then boarded the SuperShuttle to the airport, and headed home.
Everything went VERY smoothly (the lady in our district that takes care of travel arrangements ROCKS!), and it was a FUN trip. I WON'T miss 105 degree days, brown grass, and riding on a school bus twice each day, but I WILL miss seeing Chad on multiple days in a row, GREAT bbq, and exploring all of the cool spots in Austin!
Hope YOU stayed cool this week, and spent time with old friends too!!!!