Our Last Day in Texas

27 Jul

Sunday was our last day in Texas. Sunday a month ago, that is. I’m behind as usual.

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Morning View

 

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Better Selfie

Our flight was scheduled to leave Austin around 3:30. So we had a bit of time to explore more of Texas. I plotted a route for us that meandered through Hill Country. But first we did a bit of interstate so we could visit Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels, billed on RoadsideAmerica.com as the world’s largest convenience store.

World's Largest Convenience Store

World’s Largest Convenience Store

It really was BIG. I’ve never seen so many gas pumps in one place.

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A few ice machines.

 

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Because everyone needs a tube for their beaver…

A friend of mine said river tubing is quite popular in that part of Texas.

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A few snack items.

 

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The selection was overwhelming.

 

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Hubby goofing for the camera.

It was a bustling place.

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Buc-ee the Beaver

I had to get a selfie, of course.

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Me and the Beav

We drove past The Salt Lick BBQ on the way to Austin, but, sadly, it was closed.

Speaking of selfies…

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Me and Hubby at the Capitol

I thought Hubby might enjoy seeing a bit more of Austin. We visited the Capitol building first. He had to see the pink granite building for himself. Don’t you agree?

According to the State Preservation Board’s Capitol Web site, the granite is red. But it sure looks pink to me. Not in a bad way, though.

Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol’s style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition. The structural exterior walls are “sunset red” granite, quarried just 50 miles from the site. Additional structural support is provided by interior masonry walls and cast iron columns and wrought iron beams. The foundation is limestone.

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Statue on the Capitol Grounds

 

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I really like the colors on the statue.

It was a lovely, if hot, day. So we explored the grounds a bit.

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Fun with statues.

 

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Fun with statues.

 

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Interesting water fountain.

 

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Under the Dome

 

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It’s a popular photo spot.

 

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The floor design is more impressive when you realize it’s all done with inlaid stone.

We wandered around the inside a bit, admiring the architectural details of the place.

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Carved wood.

 

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Children of the Confederacy Creed

 

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Hallowed Halls

Back outside, we admired the building’s facade a bit more.

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Texas State Capitol Building

 

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Atop the Dome

 

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Frost Bank Tower

From there, it was off to Sixth Street, which is apparently THE place in Austin for fun.

I’d been to Sixth Street on one of my earlier visits to Austin in 2012. But I’d only gone for dinner, and hadn’t had a chance to explore.

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Cool bar sign.

 

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Sixth Street in Austin

 

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Sixth Street in Austin

 

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Sixth Street in Austin

 

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Nice Signage on Sixth Street

 

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Interesting mural on Sixth Street.

 

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More cool signage.

 

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My favorite mural capture.

There were lots of fun shops, bars, and restaurants, and it was past lunchtime, but we were waiting to eat at the airport. In fact, I was downright looking forward to some airport food.

But first…

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World’s Largest Longhorn

We HAD to go see this guy, named Bevo. I’d missed it on my previous trip, and it was just blocks away from where we’d parked on Sixth Street.

After that, we were off to the airport.

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The Salt Lick at Austin Airport

That’s why I was excited about eating at the airport. It’s where our love affair with Salt Lick BBQ Sauce began.

Of course, you can’t buy Salt Lick sauce locally in Virginia. But it’s really, REALLY good, so we get it shipped in special.

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Pulled Pork BBQ at The Salt Lick

Hubby and I both were in pulled pork heaven. He’s been digging the sauce for a couple of years now, but to experience the sauce atop The Salt Lick’s own slow-smoked pulled pork took it to a whole ‘nother level. Really.

I know it’s just food, but man, is that stuff ever delicious.

That’s what I call ending a fun-filled trip on a really high note.

Texas is such a big state. We’ve only seen a small part of it. I think Hubby and I will have to go back and see more of Texas one day…

3 Replies to “Our Last Day in Texas

  1. That convenience store is huge, but why is my question. Because ‘Merica that’s why, lol. Or is is just things are bigger in Texas?

    6th street in Austin kind of reminds me of Portland.

  2. Trob, I’m not sure why, but apparently Buc-ee’s is known for ginormous stores. The good news is, they employ lots of people, so they’ve created quite a few extra jobs. I’m sure that’s appreciated in the more-remote locations.

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