Last week we took a road trip to Austin, TX to participate in my brother and sister’s sport’s camp that they put on with their church every summer. This was the first time we’ve been able to go down for the sports camp. It was such a fun time! I really came away from the event being blessed by having seen all of the effort, energy, time and money that goes into putting on a free, 3 day sports camp for children in the community. It was so great to meet the local kids as well as other volunteers. I think the thing I came away with was that I can definitely do more. Life is about giving, and my brother and sister inspired me to find more ways to give of my time, energy or resources right here where I am.
I am a die-hard road tripper. Translation: I am always down for a road trip. I love the open road. However, the drive to Austin is not one of my favs. In my opinion, 80% of the drive is ugly. Dirt, sand, tumbleweeds, dry brush, + a few interesting plateaus thrown in against a beautiful sky. (I’m big on visual aesthetics, lol!) I thrive on and am energized by green grass, trees and flowers. The drive to Austin has virtually none of this -until the last leg of the trip. Which, depending on when you arrive, is usually done in darkness. This time we were able to see it during daylight hours, but we had a schedule to keep, so I had to take pictures from our moving minivan.
I loved the moody skies we had on our trip. It did rain a little, but most of it was just dramatic cloud cover. Although, on our drive back, we went through a 3 hour lightning storm! I wish I was talented enough in my photo skills to have captured that on film. I tried, but it was so hard to get the timing of the strikes + my finger to cooperate!
These plateaus made for a pretty horizon . . .
I thought the retro feel of the sheet-rock-60s-vibe rest stops that we came across were pretty cool. I’m not a big fan of public restrooms, especially the ones you find roadside, but these were surprisingly clean and well kept. They even had actual mirrors in them . . . which if you have traveled cross country before, you might have noticed, are few and far between. There was even a covered area for BBQ-ing. I did wonder to myself who would actually choose to BBQ at a rest stop in 100 degree weather on the side of the freeway in Arizona, but, the grill looked used, so I guess it happens more often than not!
By the time we got to the last leg of the trip, I was ready for some lush trees and grass. Texas is a HUGE state, so once we exited the 10 freeway, we still had another 862 miles to travel, and most of it was done on two lane highways and roads.
Look at how green and full these trees are! ♥ Happiness ensued . . .
We passed through a little town, but unfortunately this was the only shot I could get of it . . . like I said, it was a little town, we were through it before I could get the camera back on and ready to go . . . Cool barn-like tavern though!
Saw lots of bulls grazing. Rob said if he could be any animal in the world he would choose to be a bull. I thought it was because he is a Taurus, but he said it was because they got to roam the open plains, eat and chill all day. Hmmm, the way a man’s mind works . . . .
Made a few friends along the way . . . We were on a deserted two lane road and Rob was able to stop the car so I could snap a pic. This little guy came over to see what was going on and decided to pose for me. Such a cutie . . .
We were able to see some pretty magical sunsets too. Next week I’ll be posting on fun things to do in Austin so stay tuned!!!
Do you like road trips? Where is your favorite place to ‘trip to?