Thursday / Friday Kim, Dan, Autumn and I took a road trip to Austin. On the drive to Austin we made the obligatory stops at both the Czeck Stop for kolaches and Robertson's for some beef jerky... yummy! We arrived to Austin just in time to enjoy lunch out on Lake Austin and then checked into our hipster hotel along South Congress called Hotel San Jose. I highly recommend the venue if anyone gets a chance to visit Austin.
We cruised around Austin briefly showing Autumn the city's highlights: We walked through University of Texas campus; We drove around the state capital building; We browsed the shops along South Congress; We ate even more Mexican food :)
The evening started out with drinking "Michelata's" at our hotel's lounge. It's basically a bloody mary beer replacing delicious bloody mary mix with Soy sauce, Worcester sauce and Tabasco. They served the mix in a glass with ice and gave you the beer separately, giving you the opportunity to ruin your own beer. Out of all of us, only Autumn liked the cocktail... yuck!
Some local friends joined us for dinner at a great pizza place we walked to from our hotel and the night ended with cracking a bottle of champagne, sitting in our own little hotel patio area, listening to tunes and enjoying the cool weather.
In the morning we of course ate a Mexican breakfast and traveled to Mount Bonnell for a little morning hike before we hit the road to Houston. It was really beautiful at the top of Mount Bonnell with the city's skyline in the distance on one side and overlooking the huge mansions along Lake Austin on the other side.