After a night out on the town, Bill and I were really excited to lace up our tennis shoes and do some physical activity.
We headed to McKinney Falls State Park for a little hiking and exploring. Bill and I aren’t serious mountain hikers but we do love a good challenge (we’ve hiked places where we had to help each other up hills, down paths and take off our shoes to cross a river). All in all, McKinney Falls State Park was interesting to us because the landscape was so dramatically different than the types of hiking areas we have in the Midwest but I was longing for some more serious hills.
I was incredibly amazed by the amount of rock here. Apparently in the wet season, this becomes huge, beautiful falls. Sadly, we had just a tiny little dribble as the entire country is praying for rain these days.
You probably don’t know this about me but I love cacti. I am currently on my second cactus I’ve ever owned (the first had an unfortunate fate when I was moving out of my college apartment). McKinney Falls State Park (and Austin, in general) was full of wild cacti just growing wherever they pleased – almost like weeds. This is one of about 12 cactus pictures I took in three days.
After our hike, we felt we deserved some delicious Austin tacos. We headed to Torchy’s (a local stationary food truck favorite). I ate the above baja shrimp and fried avocado. I’m not sure who thought deep frying an avocado was a good idea, but it was. Oh man it was. It was like deep fried guacamole. Delish. For the record, in total Bill and I ate a combined 13 tacos on our trip to Austin… No judging.
After a day of hiking and food, we headed to Hotel Vegas, a divey little bar that mixes live music with fantastic speak easy-style cocktails and a great outdoor space. They were hosting V for Vintage, a weekend-long vintage pop-up shop and two day concert series. After a few drinks, time spent checking out local Austin vintage (so. much. leather.) and listening to two bands, we headed home for some much needed rest.