and information about Austin, TexasGeneral
Downtown Austin is home
to the largest urban bat
colony in North America.
, and air quality
If you want to know what's going on around town, pick up the alternative newsweekly The Austin Chronicle
(or read it online).
The Cactus Cafe
on the UT campus is our favorite place to hear live music.
Most of the city is supplied by the Austin Water Utility
which draws water from the Colorado River. The surrounding areas rely heavily on underground aquifers (aka "groundwater") which can be problematic due to increased development and drought. Our well is now part of a monitoring program
run by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District
and the water level for our well can be viewed here
Browse the state parks
and city parks
Our favorite park for camping and hiking is Bastrop State Park
. Unfortunately, most of this park was burned by wildfire in September, 2011.
of the best places for road bicycling is the 3 mile veloway in
southwest Austin, with no car traffic. And one of the best places
to walk or jog is the Town Lake trail. Both are described on the Austin
About an hour to the west of Austin, there's Enchanted Rock
, which is a very large granite dome. You can hike to the top
of it, but be prepared for a long walk. The curvature of the rock makes
you think you're almost at the top for a long time before you actually
reach it. We took some pictures
on one of our visits.
Goods and services
would be impractical to make a comprehensive list, but here are some recommendations:
Pet adoptions: Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary
. Also see Petfinder.com
Diesel Volkswagen mechanic: Robby Plenge
Motorcycles & accessories: Lone Star BMW/Triumph
Volvo repair: Capital V Connection