Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Austin report

I got back on Monday but I've been keeping up on other projects so this got put on the back burner. Mostly I'll just show you my trip in pictures.

This is the Whole Foods corporate headquarters. I have to admit that the fact that I wanted to visit it AND I took pictures of it makes me feel like a huge yuppie. But, we do a lot of our grocery shopping at Whole Foods and the place makes me happy rather than killing a little piece of my soul (i.e. WalMart)

On Saturday I visited a cave and saw MILLIONS of bats. That unimpressive looking cave holds millions of bats. No kidding. It was awesome.

We saw hawks and great horned owls hanging around to eat the bats. Look at all that flying food!

On Sunday my friend and I went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. You should check out their website because their pictures are nicer than mine. I learned about this place when I worked at Mid-Atlantic Field Station and I was excited to have the opportunity to visit. It's a beautiful place!

Did you know that agaves leave indentations on one leaf from another? I thought this was really cool. Click on the picture to see it bigger so you can see the impressions left by other leaves.

My friend lived near the Austin Greenbelt so we went for a walk through there. It's quite dry right now but when it rains the area in the picture below is a flowing river. We also went swimming at Barton Springs which is a public swimming pool! It's definitely the most unique swimming pool I've ever seen. I didn't get a picture of it because we went at night.
I had a great time in Austin. It was wonderful to escape from Big City for a weekend and spend time in a beautiful place with awesome green space. I wouldn't mind living there someday.

1 comment:

Anne-Marie said...

That is a cool coincidence, I have pictures from almost the exact same spot at Bracken Cave. That is one of the most awesome outflights I've ever watched. It sounds like you had a great trip! I was born in Austin and really love it, it's one of the most pleasant large cities I've ever been to. Great pictures!