Today was another lovely day in Palm Desert. Irene and I took a long walk this morning and found two geocaches along the way. We all had massages this afternoon and then grabbed a bite to eat while watching the end of the Seahawks game at a restaurant nearby. We won!
Back at the house we did our best to finish off all the food and wine we had bought for the long weekend. We stayed in the hot tub again looking at the moon and stars til we were pruned.
We also face timed with Keeto, a first for both of us. Goodnight birdie!
Not ones to miss a taproom visit opportunity, we left an hour early to take Fran and family to the airport, stopping in at the Live Oak Brewing Company right across the highway from the Austin airport. It sure beats the cellphone lot!
Back home, the house is sadly quiet. Except for Keeto asking “who’s here?” We await our next visitors!
Days 3, 4 and 5 of our visit with family brought a trip to Barton Springs, Sno-beach snocones, a brewery crawl, an overnight at anchor on the boat on Lake Travis, and pizza night. The weekend was filled with swimming, diving and floating. A brother-in-law from Houston drove to Austin and he spent the night with us on the boat – whether he knew he was going to or not 🙂
I love the chance to spend this time with family. Keeto will be devastated when everyone leaves tonight.
This is a shot from the southern end of Barton Springs pool, looking north to the Austin skyline. The background has changed much since Mary Doerr captured the same vantage point years ago – the Capitol building is now obscured by skyscrapers. But the pool in the foreground is exactly the same.
My sister and her family are visiting us for a week. We are having more fun than six people should. We tubed the San Marcos River today, and hit the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood for dinner on the way home. Delicious.
Our niece, Laura, has been visiting us for the last few days. Yesterday afternoon we headed out to the lake to spend the night at our marina with a group of friends. Today we enjoyed a great sail up and down the lake. We figured that this is the third 4th of July that Laura has spent with us on Lake Travis. I’m looking forward to the next one.
We are spending the weekend at a family reunion this weekend. Our hostess, Susanne’s, garden is the perfect setting. Everywhere you look there’s a lovely surprise. We are missing those that can’t be here.
I attended one of the many University of Texas at Austin convocation ceremonies today. The daughter of a college roommate of mine graduated. Being on a university campus always feels a bit like home to me, no matter how brief my visit might be.
Seeing these young people graduate college and turn to take the next significant step in their lives makes me nostalgic. I can recall the excitement of the prospect of having your entire future before you. For me, that day was 30 years ago. I feel older; but not old. A little part of me wishes I could do it all again. The rest of me is content to look back on a life that’s more than half way lived, enjoy the memories, and cherish the remainder.
Congratulations to the all the graduates of 2017!!!