Natural Bridge Caverns

Over the Easter weekend (I know… this post is LONG overdue…), Brian and I went to San Antonio to visit his family. Together, we took a day trip out to Natural Bridge Caverns. The area gets its name from the bridge that exits in nature.

I’ve never been to any sort of cavern before, so I was very impressed. The cave trail is .75 miles of underground beauty. Being the weekend, it was very crowded. We were basically shoulder to shoulder with people walking through the tunnels (which made me stopping to take photos every 2 feet very awkward…). I’m definitely looking forward to going back on a weekday when we can really take out time meandering along.

My favorite room in the cave was the Emerald Lake. The water was so clear and the reflections were simply beautiful.


Because this was our first time, we opted for the basic Discovery Tour. Natural Bridge Caverns also offers a Hidden Passages Tour, and Adventure Tour, and an early morning/night time Lantern Tour, where you explore the dark caves by lantern light only. If underground isn’t your thing, there’s a large ropes course outside ending with a zip line.

Brian bought some souvenirs, along with a beautiful necklace for me!

Georgetown

Last weekend, my mom and I went to Georgetown, TX. Our main plan was to see the Women Painting Women exhibit at the Georgetown Art Center. It’s free and the show is made up of all local Texas painters. The volunteer working was very nice and knowledgeable. It’s a wonderful show – worth a look if you’re in the area.

After the WPW, we walked around Georgetown’s town square, “The most beautiful town square in Texas!” I’ll admit, it’s a pretty cute town square. Their courthouse sits in the middle. Surrounding it are rows of cute little craft shops, thrift stores, and antique shops. Some of the buildings are shockingly old. It makes me so happy to see them being preserved and utilized. Georgetown definitely has an, “Aw, isn’t this adorable” kind of vibe. My mom and I loved it.

One of the shops, Handcrafts Unlimited, had lots of crafts made by local seniors. It was pretty neat to see a shop just for them. The most impressive thing in the shop was a quilt that was under construction. Every Thursday, women (and men?) volunteer time to work on the quilt. When it’s finished, the quilt is raffled off to help fund the nonprofit craft shop. I definitely want to revisit the shop on a Thursday so I can watch them work.

We also stopped in at Galaxy Bakery. It’s a family run bakery just off the main town square drag. We went in looking for some Father’s Day treats – boy, did we find some! We decided on a small cupcake sampler set and a SUPER BROWNIE. If you visit Galaxy Bakery, you have to get a Super Brownie. It will be best $6 you’ve spent in a long time. My dad said it was was the best brownie he’d ever eaten. Basically, it’s two brownies glued together with frosting to create this mega brownie cube. Incredible. I don’t have any photos if it, unfortunately. I was too excited about it when we unpackaged it at home that we ate into it before I could get my camera out.

Other places of note…
If you’re craving breakfast, visit Monument Cafe. I wrote about my fantastic experience there on my Austin blog. There is also a candy shop in the main town square of shops called Sweet Serendipity Inc. I bought some truffles and other candies from there and OH MY GOSH they were delicious. Again, no photos because I did not have the patience! They also have ice cream and various home decorations. After eating everything in sight, hit the San Gabriel River Park trails. It’s very park-y, so bring the kids and the strollers. The trail goes along the river, eventually ending at Georgetown Lake (if you can make it that far!) Again, I blogged about those trails on my Austin blog.

What are your favorite places to visit in Georgetown? Let me know!

Brushy Creek

It was a little wet, but Brian and I decided to explore Brushy Creek anyway. It’s a beautiful park and lake with 6.75 miles of trails (view the trail map here) in the middle of Cedar Park. It was wonderful to discover a small piece of nature so close to Brian’s house.

We started at the main fishing dock of Brushy Creek Lake.

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After admiring the lake, we continued through the fields and long the trail. The recent rain made the green grass almost florescent! It was beautiful.

Finally, we stumbled upon an old wooden bridge. I was so happy to see something so charming was still in use.

Have you been to Brushy Creek? What’s your favorite part of the trail?

Enchanted Rock

Finally, I have hiked to the top of Enchanted Rock! Brian and I took a day trip out there and it was beautiful. It really sparked our desire for more outdoor adventure! We went to Enchanted Rock for a Stargazing event, so there were a lot of people in the park. I’m looking forward to going back when it’s more secluded. I brushed the dust off my DSLR and shot a few photos with it (and felt a little rusty). As always, I used VSCO to edit.

I used my macro lens for the first time in a while. It’s a little iPhone attachment from Photojojo. Such a powerful little tool – I love it!

Then, to kill some time, we took a bunch of photos of ourselves! We aren’t really selfie people, or one of those couples who document their every move, so it was really nice to actually have some photos of us together.

As the sun began to set, we made sure we were at the top to catch sundown yoga and take some sunset photos.

Overall, it was a wonderful day 🙂 We cannot wait to hike more trails and explore more outdoorsy things. What’s your favorite place to hike around Austin/San Antonio?

Pinballz

Brian and I went to check out the Pinball Arcade, “Pinballz.” We had a surprisingly fun time! Their space is certainly less about comfort and style and all about the games. The arcade seems to be located in a office building and is a little cramped and warm inside. However, once you start playing, you don’t even care.

I feel like it’s hard to find inexpensive fun in Austin (or any major city). Even seemingly cheap fun requires parking fees or a bunch of little fees that add up. Even just going to the movies is expensive now (especially when you’re tempted by the tasty food and drinks at the Alamo Drafthouse.)

That’s probably my favorite thing about Pinballz – it’s totally affordable fun. There is no entrance fee and parking is free. Most of the pinball games cost 75 cents per play (3 balls), while some are only 50 cents. If you’re there with others, you can watch them play too, and that’s free! Also, if you’re paying attention, you might find a ball sitting ready to go in a machine someone abandoned. The more you play, the better you will get, so that extends the amount of playtime you can get for your money.

Over all, we spent $8 and played for probably an hour and a half. Where else can you get a deal that great!? Really, I want to know. Comment below if you have some inexpensive fun things you like to do in Austin.

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Around Town in ATX

Sometimes I get so excited about going new places, I forget to take photos! Certainly not enough to make a whole blog post. So here’s a random collection of Austin images, with photos from the Salt Lick, Maiko Sushi, Magnolia Cafe, Berry Austin, the downtown skyline, Austin City Lemons, and views from driving around Lakeway.