Texas Day Five: No schedule

Sunday we rise with no real plan. After five bbq joints in four days, John recognizes that my tolerance is low. We follow the trail to Driftwood, Tx, and Saltlick BBQ based on the advice of our unknown local from Thursday.

Salt Lick in my opinion was the best barbeque. The meat tasted moist with the right seasoning. The sauce was excellent. I’ll be ordering some when I get home. Just a great meal. The service was slow and no sweet tea always creates trouble. But, Salt Lick was worth the effort and the drive.

As we drive back, the next stop on the itinerary LBJ museum. On the way we passed the University Football stadium. Amazing. The museum is interesting and the best part, free. My limited presidential library experience pales in comparison. (Carter library just not as functional.)  The multimedia presentation provides a perspective on LBJ’s administration and life experience in general that perhaps I hadn’t appreciated before the visit.

Next to the largest state capitol in the country. 

We wander through the capitol. I snap photos of the rotunda.

A statue of General Robert E. Lee draws our attention. Having recently read “Confederates in the Attic” we each pay a little more attention to the statues. The art work on this statue grabs my attention.

In person, those flags are beautiful. The granite work is spectacular.

Later we hit Encore Record Store. Finally, we ate at IHOP. Not haute cuisine, but it wasn’t barbeque. Following dinner, we traveled back to the Congress Street Bridge to watch the bat migration with half of the population of Austin. The sight of all those bats departing is impressive and difficult to capture with a photo.

After actually mailing postcards from Texas, we found Bookpeople, an independent bookstore. The store provided a wonderful stop for both of us. I bought two books. Very organized with helpful employees, the bookstore stocked an amazing variety of books mixed with popular fiction. A must-stop for book addicts in Austin.

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