On my way to Austin, I ended up having a late afternoon 3 hour layover in Houston. Since I hadn't eaten for many hours, I ordered some dinner at one of the airport restaurants. While I waited for my food to arrive I noticed 3 men sitting at a nearby table wearing the stereotypical bolo ties, and off-white Stetsons. I couldn't help but to overhear their conversation which was all about growing grass, and was uttered with such a strong Texan accent that it almost sounded fake. This was my first introduction to the great state of Texas. My second introduction occurred when I received my food which consisted of the biggest black angus burger I had ever seen. Scale is difficult to grasp in the photo, but this burger was a little bigger than my splayed hand.
|First meal in Texas|
My friend Maggie lives in Austin, so she picked me up at the airport, and so kindly acted as my chauffeur and tour guide. I didn't get into Austin until very late in the evening, so there was no time to do any sightseeing before going to bed. Much of the next morning (Sept. 11th, 2014) was taken up by personal commitments. For lunch Maggie took me to a fantastic restaurant where I had my first breakfast tacos, which were delicious!
|My first breakfast tacos (Gluten-free of course!)|
This was one of my only chances to do any birding in Austin, and although I didn't get any lifers during this walk, I did manage to see 12 species including a family of Wood Ducks and a beautiful male Baltimore Oriole.
|Sign at Barton Springs warning people to not disturb the salamander habitat.|
|Uncle Billy's pork ribs.|
|Panorama of Castle Hills|
I apologize for a lack of bird photos in this post, but sometimes the opportunity just isn't there. My next post or two might also lack bird photos, but I promise that I do have many photos of Texas birds and will be posting them in the near future. Stay tuned!