Greetings from Austin (and Happy New Year)!
|Ringing in the New Year at Wine Dive in Austin|
(Read: You can expect more than one postcard from this trip.)
So, first, let's talk about the running...
Run 1: Covert Park at Mount Bonnell
Covert Park, at Mount Bonnell, is the Highest Point in Austin!
|Plaque at the parking area|
So... perhaps calling Bonnell a "mount" is too strong a term, but the views of the Austin city skyline and of the lake/river are worth the many-stair climb to get to the "peak."
|Some of the many stairs to get to the top of the "mount"|
|Trail to the top (alternate route if you want to skip the stairs)|
|View from the peak|
|The views take in the lake and sprawling real estate below|
Run 2: Lady Bird Johnson Trail (aka Town Lake Trail)
|Trailhead at Congress Ave|
|North side of the Town Lake Trail through downtown Austin|
|More Town Lake Trail|
|View of downtown Austin from a trail-side pavilion.|
|Artists are very creative with the scenery.|
Old pilings become a sea monster in Town Lake.
|"The only magic I still believe in is love"|
|"Don't give up" graffiti seen in the distance (middle right) from the pedestrian bridge. Click here for closeup.|
|Running man statue near Town Lake Trail|
Run 3: More Town Lake Trail and an accidental 5k
On our last day in town, Hubby and I headed out to explore the other side of the lake.
|Crossing the bridge at Congress Ave|
|View of the city from Town Lake Trail|
Then we heard the national anthem.
And when the song ended, we both said "There's a race!" So, we did what any good runner-tourist would do,
|Yes, that's me looking like a bandit.|
No. I did not bandit the race.
We said hi to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
|Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Town Lake|
... and we finished our run at 24 Diner.
(More on that later.)