Sunday, May 11, 2014

Congress Street Bridge Bats and More

Day two in Austin started with a morning hot yoga class at Black Swan http://www.blackswanyoga.com with daughter Abby Gail.  This was my second time to attend one of their classes.  To bad I do not live here or I would definitely be a regular.  I love this place.  Hungry from our workout, we picked up Stone and went for lunch.  Burrowed beneath the shadows of a tall pecan grove is the Shady Grove http://theshadygrove.com.  We began with margarita's, then ordered the food, which was very satisfying as was the atmosphere.  Full and content, we made our way to Zilker Park where the scenery was amazing.  The park was congested with people walking, running, biking and swimming.  We spent the afternoon hiking, making our way to Barton Springs, and people watching along the way.  After a full afternoon it's time to head over to Live, Love and Paddle for a bat tour, viewing the bats nightly departure.  After meeting our guide and the others in our group, we where on the water paddling our way to Congress Street Bridge.  As the sun went down, the bats slowly at first began to emerge, finally coming out in droves.  It was a wonderful night to be out on the water.  The temperature was warm and the moon was out as we made our way back to the docks, arriving about 10:30 pm.  Heading home we decided we needing something sweet. We stopped at Amy's http://www.amysicecreams.com for ice-cream.  Our day came to and end,  and I'm ready for the next adventure.
SHADY GROVE, AUSTIN TEXAS, MARGARITA'S
Margarita's


SHADY GROVE, AUSTIN TEXAS, MARGARITA'S
Stone and Brenda at Shady Grove

Abby Gail at Shady Grove

SHADY GROVE, AUSTIN TEXAS, GULF COAST FRIED SHRIMP PLATTER
Stone's Gulf Coast Fried Shrimp Platter 

SHADY GROVE, AUSTIN TEXAS, THAI GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD
Abby's Thai Grilled Chicken Salad

SHADY GROVE, FLAT IRON STEAK SALAD, AUSTIN TEXAS
Brenda's Flat Iron Steak Salad

Abby Gail at the Shady Grove

ZILKER PARK, AUSTIN TEXAS
Abby Gail and I at Zilker Park

ZILKER PARK, AUSTIN TEXAS
Stone and I at Zilker Park


KAYAKING, LADY BIRD LAKE, AUSTIN TEXAS, CONGRESS STREET BRIDGE, LOVE, LAUGH, PADDLE, BATS
Abby, myself and Stone kayaking on Lady Bird Lake heading to Congress Street Bridge for the bats nightly departure.

AMY'S ICE-CREAM, CHOCOLATE CHIP, WHIPPING CREAM
Amy's Ice-cream

Ready for the Live, Love and Paddle tour.

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What is your favorite thing to do in Austin, Texas?