One of the first weekend trips we took was to Austin, Texas. We spent months planning. We scoured hotel deals and camping options. We picked out some places we would like to see and some food we wanted to eat.
We decided to try out Airbnb for the first time on this trip. We found and secured the most amazing place to call home for the weekend.
Now, Austin is not far from our home, and the drive is beautiful. The closer you get to Austin, the more rolling hills and unique scenery you will encounter.
We enjoy traveling the roads less traveled. Cruising these paths you will find tiny towns seemingly untouched by time. Old homes slowly being retaken by nature in the middle of fields that will spark miles of conversations. Speculating about what life would have been like when people lived there, and why they left.
Our home in Austin was a refurbished vintage Airstream trailer. It was perfectly outfitted with everything we could need, and expertly tucked away behind a hippie bungalow right in the middle of Austin. This eclectic property was right up our alley.
The owner had lush landscaping, an outside shower, and an amazing claw foot tub right under the stars, with running hot water. We felt so far from the city, but were mere minutes from everything we wanted to do in town.
From our home-away-from-home we found fresh gigantic donuts at Gourdoughs with wacky toppings that were oh so good.
We discovered a newly opened authentic New York bagel shop, Rockstar Bagels.
Pause. Let me explain something. Red, grew up on the East Coast and has very particular tastes when it comes to things like bagels, cannolis, and crab cakes. He has had authentic, and will accept nothing less.
Well, Mr Picky, LOVED these bagels and they are something we even have delivered to our home today! Be sure to stop by Rockstar Bagels if you are ever in Austin.
Being in Austin also gave us the opportunity to venture to Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis. Hippie Hollow is an adult only nudist beach. When we went, a multi-year drought had caused a significant drop in the water level. This meant that getting to the beach entailed rock climbing down, and the back up a very scary hill. We recommend bringing hard-sole water shoes to make this trek easier.
As you can see from the picture, the hike back up the mountain was exhausting. We met some cool people there, interacted with some odd people too. But relaxing in the water freely under the Texas sky was incredible. For those of you free-spirit Bohemians like us, this spot is a fun way to relax.
Another stop we had to make was to Salt Lick BBQ. Not only was the drive to this remote hotspot beautiful, but the experience was well worth the journey. Salt Lick has been around for 50 years, using the same pit that started the whole thing. This round pit is seasoned with years of dedication and meat. Yes, meat. Lots of amazing meats, expertly turned and brushed, creating some of the most amazing meat candy you will put in your mouth, burnt ends.
Please if you get anything at Salt Lick, try the burnt ends. These charred, blackened morsels are the concentrated juices, fats, seasonings, smoke and history that makes BBQ special. The crust that forms from hours and hours of patience and experience. We ate burnt ends there and made sure to take some home to snack on later. Best. Decision. Ever.
Our trip to Austin was relaxing and full of fun new experiences, just the way we like our odysseys to be!