let the weird showdown begin
Austin! Where we had about four measly hours one evening... Where I took the opportunity to mock a light rainshower by looking up at the sky and asking, "IS THAT ALL YOU'VE GOT, TEXAS?!", at which point an hour-long heavy thunderstorm ensued, shortening our time even more... (Never ask that of Texas. Never.)
Anyway. Friends gave us some helpful tips so we crammed as much in as possible:
we ate amazing BBQ at Green Mesquite
we saw the bats
we got a little homesick
we camped at McKinney Falls State Park ...
... just 15 minutes from downtown
And we did get the draw. Unlike most cities we've visited we found Austin to be easy, comfortable, familiar. We wished we'd had more time - but we were also glad to leave because we could've easily blown our tiny budget on good food and amazing music. We had to save some funds for both of those things in Portland.
We'll see you again someday, Austin... Onward!