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!

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.

Traveling to Los Angeles

It has been OVER A MONTH since I last posted a real blog post. Ugh. With the new year coming up, I’m tempted to create a blogging related resolution. As you know, I take my New Year’s Resolutions very seriously. Between work and school (and my man!), I’ve been pretty busy. When I have a day off, I usually just want to lay around! I’m thinking about setting a goal to blog once a week. That’s not as much as I used to blog, but it’s more than I do now (which is basically never). I’d also like to spend more time on my blogs. If I knew what I wanted to feature each week, I could start it early and edit it several times before publishing.

Anyway… I’m in Los Angeles right now! It’s the first time I’ve been back since we moved into our new home in Austin. I usually hate flying, but this trip I was surprisingly calm. I played some Plants vs. Zombies, listened to the Stuff You Should Know podcast, and of course, took some photos out the window.

 

Aquarium of the Pacific

A few days ago, I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It’s a nice place, but it’s always completely overrun with little kids… My DSLR was dead, so I just took photos with my iPhone and edited them with VSCOcam.

The Salt Lick BBQ

While driving around Driftwood, my family and I stopped for lunch at the Salt Lick. I’d heard a lot of hype surrounding this particular BBQ joint, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

The place is very unassuming. We actually drove by it earlier in the day and I didn’t even notice it! It has an outdoor picnic area, private dinning (you can even have your wedding at the Salt Lick! how very Texan) and a main restaurant with large tables and community style seating. The whole place is BYOB, which is pretty great and further enhances the relaxed atmosphere. All the employees were very polite, quick to attend to us and easy to chat with. One gentleman even moved some clutter out of the way for me when I was trying to take a photo of their glorious pecan pies! I’m sure they deal with exhausting and annoying tourists all day long, so he definitely didn’t have to go out of his way to help me. I was very impressed.

I ordered a mega iced tea and a pulled pork sandwich with all the sides (potato salad, coleslaw, beans, bread and pickles). Hands down, best pulled pork I’ve ever eaten. It was cooked perfectly, some parts slightly pink and some parts a little charred, and wasn’t super finely shredded. They just cut it off the pig, threw it on the fire, then slapped it on my sandwich. Even better than the pork itself, though, was the bun! It was just a white bun, but after being soaked in their special Salt Lick BBQ sauce and the juices from the pork, it was a soggy lump of deliciousness and flavor. The potato salad was also tasty. I’m not sure what the seasoning was (BBQ sauce??), but it was brownish in color and had a wonderfully unique flavor.

I also found the food reasonably priced! My pulled pork sandwich with sides was only $11. It was more food than I could eat in one sitting. We were to stuffed from lunch to order dessert, but I’ve heard their peach cobbler is to die for.

The Salt Lick BBQ
18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSaltLickBBQ
Twitter: @saltlickBBQ

Let me know if there’s a restaurant, store, event, or venue you’d like me to feature: emailkellyphillips@gmail.com or tweet me @kphilphoto.

 

Beautiful Westwood, Los Angeles

Loved spending the day in Westwood! My family and I went to see the UCLA gymnastics team (they won, go Bruins!)  and then out to lunch. It was great to walk around campus and shoot with my iPhone Photojojo wide angle lens. The sky was beautiful, full of clouds.