I know that my friends in the Northeast have been hit by a snowstorm today. But what a BEAUTIFUL day here in Austin! The Butler hike and bike trail around Town Lake (oops, i mean Ladybird Lake) is always a nice destination, with loops of varying distances depending on which bridges you choose. Last year the boardwalk on the southeast side of the lake was completed. I set out today to walk the Mopac / I35 loop. The Butler Hike and Bike Trail maps say that loop is 6.9 miles, but I must have dilly-dallied, because I logged a bit more.
It was a simply lovely day. I leave you with a few pics from my lap:
Start/finish at Zilker.
A view from the new Boardwalk.
Congress Avenue bridge.
Looking south towards the Zach Theater from the Pfluger bridge.
A rower making way.
A peek inside one of the boathouses on the north side of the lake.
I would love to be able to come down here every day.
I took another trip to St Edwards Park the other day to explore some of the trails I didn’t get to on my last visit. It was the MLK holiday, and a beautiful January Austin day – and everyone else had the same idea. The parking lot was PACKED.
It’s nice to see a bit of water in the creek. It is supposed to rain again tomorrow, thankfully.
Looking upstream from a point along the red trail north of the park.
Standing in the middle of the creek bed on dry rocks – not a good place to be after a rain!
Winter creek-scape looking upstream, taken from the concrete wall/dam on the southside of the park.
A view of concrete wall/dam taken from the south bank.
Today Mom and I headed to Seattle Center to see the amazing Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Fran, Aaron and Colleen joined us. It was an amazingly clear, sunny day. We also went up in the Space Needle to see the 360 degree view. I took too many pictures to share here, but will leave you with a few.
I’m very thrilled to see the weather forecast for the next few days. FINALLY some not-rainy days!
I’m looking forward to spending some time outside! This morning I got an early start… went for a long hike in the woods. This shot shows the just risen sun peeking through the tree trunks at the horizon.
And in the middle of my hike I came upon this tranquil view. Very pretty.
Rain is in the forecast for the entire week here. I timed my walk today for what I hoped to be a break in showers. As it turned out, l made it back home after an hour or so with barely a drop on me.
I was listening to Pandora, and as I crested a hill on my way home I turned up the volume when I heard one of my faves through my earbuds – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s cover of Somewhere over the Rainbow. As I was listening, I turned my head and coincidentally saw a faint rainbow lit up during a brief sunbreak – making the song even a little more enjoyable than usual. Nice.
Last week I began a short break from the rat race, taking a couple months off from work.
Soooo….I went shopping on Monday; golfing on Tuesday; sailing on Wednesday; woke up at anchor Thursday morning; back to the lake Friday for two nights on the boat; rafted up with Kurt & Kevin on Dancer, and Marty & Sue (yay!!) on Caribbean Hug Saturday night; made it back home Sunday night to watch my Seahawks and make pizza; and then headed to Seattle for a visit this past Monday.
My posts for the last few months have been a tad infrequent. And it’s been two weeks since I last posted. I think I have just been decompressing. I have had a great summer – spending time with family, and then coming back to Austin for a couple of downtime weeks to play with Monte. Somewhere, in there, the summer has nearly slipped by. That’s ok, though. Onward!
Yesterday Sue & Marty joined us on the boat for a windless day on the lake. We headed directly for our cove, set anchor, jumped in and floated until just before sunset. A great day! Here is a shot of the blinding sun on its way to the horizon.
We took a trip to the Coastal Bend of Texas for a few days. We come down here nearly every year, and really enjoy it. Very rustic, but beautiful. Along the way to the coast, we drive through the cotton fields. This time we came a little earlier than usual, and we got to see the fields before harvest. A sea of white fluffiness:
In the summer, sunset seems to linger for a very long time in Seattle. This is a shot I took from the ferry on the way home from the game. It must have been about 9:30pm. In this wide panorama you can still see the glow of the sun past the horizon on the left…the city lights including the space needle, the great wheel, and both century link and safeco stadium…and the rising supermoon on the right.
I’ve gotten tired of trying to guess which side of Mt Rainier we’ll fly by on my return flights to Austin. So, I just kept the seat that I was assigned – window on the left side. I got lucky this time and we flew north-to-south past the western face of this great mountain, turning to the southeast as we passed it.
The haze nestled amongst the surrounding foothills is smoke from the ongoing fires in Central Washington. A couple of factoids: Mt Rainier is a volcano; elevation of 14,410′; last recorded eruption was in the 1st half of the 1800’s; home to 26 major glaciers and many ice fields; 6 rivers have glaciers on Mt Rainier as their source. Read more here.
We flew very close to the summit. In this shot of the western face, you can see Sunset Amphitheater on the left and Tahoma Glacier on the right. The black ring on the top right of the dome is the volcanic crater. The summit, Columbia Crest is along that black ring.
I love the Seattle waterfront. On Thursday Mom and I joined Fran, Aaron, Rebecca, Colleen and Jake for the afternoon. Took a ferry ride, rode the Great Wheel, found a few geocaches along the way, ate lunch, and took in another beautiful, sunny, Seattle day.