March is here!

March marks the beginning of one of the best times of the year! Sunny, spring days are right around the corner. Although today we are still toughing out the chilly, misty weather. Cabin fever is setting in. Today we headed down to Zilker Park to see the 86th annual Austin Kite Festival. Not your typical turnout, and only the slightest hint of wind – but it was still nice to take in, and all the kids there were having a blast.

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The downtown skyline was shrouded in low clouds.
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Afterwards we headed to the Texas State History Museum – free admission on the first Sunday of the month.   And tomorrow is Texas Independence Day, so it was fitting we popped in.

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Sunpocolypse.

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.

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It was a simply lovely day.  I leave you with a few pics from my lap:

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Start/finish at Zilker.
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A view from the new Boardwalk.
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Congress Avenue bridge.
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Looking south towards the Zach Theater from the Pfluger bridge.
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A rower making way.
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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.