Friday, June 2, 2023

A Weekend in Austin, Texas

We head down to Austin for a weekend in this delighful city.  Arriving in the late afternoon, we look out our hotel window at downtown Austin and the Colorado River flowing by the buildings and parks.

View out the window

Our first thought is dinner, which we find at Péché on 4th Street, specializing in French comfort food and craft cocktails (many with absinthe).  We have some of our favorite French dishes:  duck, mussels, and frites.

ché, duck, mussels, frites

The next morning, we cross the Colorado River on the Congress Street Bridge and follow the trail along the river, with the buildings of downtown Austin across the water.  The 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail meanders along the water's edge, passing by skyscrapers, neighborhoods, ball fields, and museums.  Named for a former Austin mayor and his wife, the trail is a true natural gem in the heart of the Texas capital.

Crossing the river, downtown across the way

Map of the Hike-and-Bike Trail

We immediately come across a field of tents, booths, and equipment preparing for the Cap 10K race to be run through downtown Austin tomorrow.

Setting up for the Cap 10K

Following the trail along the river

As we hike along, we spot, through the trees, people enjoying themselve on the river in kayaks, paddle boards, and pedal boats.

Saturday on the river

It's a great walk, with great views, and a lot of people are out on the trail with us.

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