Road Trip || Austin...Again

I just can't get enough of Austin.  This road trip will never get old.  I realized that this post looks very similar to this one.  Creature of habit, what can I say?  We did have a purpose this time.  A friend of ours has a senior in high school AND she loves Austin as much as we do.  So we took her down to check out St. Edwards University and hang out in the SoCo district. 

We stayed in the wonderfully quirky Austin Motel on South Congress.  It's an old motor inn.   Each room has a different motif.  Ours happened to have wallpaper showcasing a desert scene.  All of the furniture is vintage.  I loved it. It was clean and within walking distance to all of our favorite spots.  

We took photos all weekend long.  We possibly have a photojournalism major in our future.  SoCo boasts food truck vendors, vintage clothing, and artisan vendors.  We hit all of them.

Jo's is a corner coffee shop on SoCo that makes the best latte.  While the teen slept, we walked over to enjoy a latte and the morning paper. 

You can't go to Austin and not visit Uncommon Objects.  Even if you are not into antiques they carry the strangest things that are so much fun to look at.  I walked away with quite a few new objects.

My favorite street vendor, besides Black & Bluebird Studios is a couple that makes succulent gardens from children's toys.  I have no idea where the card is to even tell you who they are, but if I find it, I'll let you know. Genius!  

A new find on this trip is a store named Parts + Labour.  Their motto is All Texas All the Time.  They only sell merchandise from local artists, and Austin is full of very creative people.  I bought the most adorable onesies for the babies in my life.  

There is no telling when I'll be back.  I just know it won't be soon enough.  If it were possible, I would set up camp in Austin.  It's weird, I'm weird.  Seems like a perfect fit!  I suppose what draws me in is the originality.  Austin, in particular South Congress Ave, doesn't look like the rest of the world.  It's hard to find a chain store of any kind.  It's defines the term local business and I dig it.  

Road Trip | Austin

I'm not sure if it's the change in time or the fact I was away from home two weekends in a row, but I am exhausted.  I've got a to-do list a mile long and while I can see the results of my labor the list doesn't seem to be diminishing.  All in time I suppose.  In addition to the spring break weekend we went to Austin last weekend and I'm sharing a few pics of our impromptu road trip today. 
We went to have lunch with a woman that cc follows.  Her name is Catherine Austin Fitts and she has an amazing story.  I walked in as a favor to cc and I walked out a believer.  It wasn't that kind of meeting.  I just found other like minded folks around my table.  Let's just say that the word permaculture has been added to my list of things to conquer. 

We stayed at the Hotel Allandale, which was interesting.  They turned an apartment complex into hotel suites.  It was quiet and clean which is all I really need anyway.
We enjoyed the day as much as we could.  Just being in Austin is a joy.  I absolutely love it.  I would move in a heartbeat if it were ever possible.  They may go overboard with the keep Austin weird slogan, but it works.  It's weird and I feel right at home.  
We took a walk down South Congress Ave and hit our favorite shopping spots.  Then we parked it on the patio at Doc's for happy hour to slow the pace for a while.  As the sun was setting I was enjoying an ice cold beer and watching some of the most interesting Austinites.
On our way back to Big D we stopped by North Haven Gardens in Dallas.  They had so many succulents.  I wanted to buy them all.  I know they are supposed to be easy to care for, but I just end up killing them so I just admired these from afar.  We did come home with quite a few plants and worked like crazy getting things in the ground.

I'll get back in the swing of things by next week.  Are you having trouble with the time change or is it just me?  All I want to do is lay in the grass with the sun on my face and take a long, long nap.  

++photos taken with my iPhone++