Corpus Christi and Texas Backroads

A few weeks ago, Brian and I made a quick trip to Corups Christi for his friends graduation. We weren’t in Corpus long (most of our time was spent on a 700 acre ranch!) but I did manage to get a few shots of the coastline.

On our way back to Austin, we kept passing the most beautiful wild flowers. Finally, I made Brian pull over so I could take some photos.

The drive to Corpus is pretty boring… so I decided to bust on Hipstamatic. It has been SO long since I’ve used that app, but I had a lot of fun with it.

TBT: Aerial Photography

Last year around this time, I was traveling quite a bit between Los Angeles and Austin. My family made several trips exploring Austin, trying to figure out if this was the city for us. Eventually, we made a few house hunting trips. Finally, once we had officially moved, we flew back to Los Angeles on last time for my cousin’s wedding.

I get very nervous when I fly. It’s not a fear of crashing, but more of a claustrophobia driven anxiety. I mean, what happens if I have to get off the plane? I don’t know why I would need to, but the fact that I CANT get off and I’m TRAPPED up there is enough to send me off the deep end.

Luckily, I’ve found that taking photos out the window calms me. It focuses my mind on something other than my discomfort.

Lake Austin, Skinny Limits, and Ladybugs

A few weeks ago, Brian, my family and I went to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I know it’s always packed with people, making it difficult to attain that “I’m being peaceful in nature” feeling, but I just love it. I don’t mind the crowds at all. And I never as up a chance to get photos of the lake and the downtown skyline!

After walking a good 4 mile loop, we went to The Picnic food trailer park to get some snacks. I got a cocoa/espresso smoothie from Skinny Limits. It was certainly tasty, but the price will unfortunately keep me from visiting their truck in the future.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs we were leaving, a little ladybug found me. Hello spring!

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San Gabriel Park Trail in Georgetown

My family and I went walking in Georgetown the other weekend along the beautiful San Gabriel River Trail. Curious as to where we ate? Check out my post on the Monument Cafe! Overall, the trail by San Gabriel Park is a little ‘park-y’ for me. I prefer more nature-filled walks. However, if you had kids or a stroller, or wanted to go running without worrying about twisting an ankle, this part of the trail is great.

If you continue west along the trail, you will eventually reach Georgetown Lake! It’s about 5.5 miles away from the park though, so I’ll have to revisit the trail and start somewhere further down the road, like Booty’s Road Park.

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Town Lake in January

I’ve been in Austin for about 7 months now. I feel like I’ve explored a TON of restaurants (going out to eat is probably my favorite hobby), seen lots of different areas of town, and have walked downtown quite a bit. However, one thing I haven’t taken full advantage of is the lake. It is always bustling with activity and I want to join in! It’s such a great place to walk or run – and stand up paddle boarding is definitely on my Austin To-Do List.

Of course, if outdoor adventure isn’t your thing, you could just park yourself on a bench and take amazing photos of the skyline.

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Texas State Capitol

I was a tourist in my own city, exploring the state Capitol. It was actually very cool! There is a great walking tour that takes you through several floors of the building, or you can follow a docent. The details in the hardware and glass are simply beautiful. And of course, the rotunda is epic. Count how many Texas stars you see (hint: there are probably thousands)!

My advice for visiting: use an entrance other than the main (south) one. There are entrances on all sides. You have to go through a metal detector, so the line backs up at the front.

Air Travel

I just love taking photos out the airplane window…
The last few are from the Grapevine in southern California.