Confession: deep down, I feel like my calling in life is to be a truck driver (don’t laugh!). I absolutely love road trips. I can drive for 12-16 hours at a stretch at not get tired, bored or restless. There’s just something about being out on the open road with no agenda that I love. It feels like freedom to me. So when David suggested we hit the road for a trip to Texas, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! We had the best time! It was so good for us to just get out of town, explore another state, visit friends, eat good food and run around the great state of Texas without an agenda.
We combined a visit with friends with SXSW in Austin and it worked out perfectly! Our first night we spent hanging out and catching up. We had dinner in Gruene, which is this adorable town right by our friend’s house and walked around a bit playing annoying tourists. Hey, Texans come to CO all the time…so I wanted to give them a dose of their medicine and block the sidewalk while I take pictures and drive super slow while gawking at the sights. 😉
Our friend’s have a huge 5,000 acre ranch smack dab in the middle of the beautiful hill country, so we spent Saturday running around the ranch, exploring and taking in all the beauty. That have a gorgeous river that runs through their property…I kinda want to go back in the summer to go tubing!
And then we spent a decent amount of time shooting guns. Hey, when in Rome….. 😉 I have never shot a gun, touched a gun or even been in the same room as a gun (except for this one traumatic time in high school, but that’s another story for another day!), so I was like a fish out of water. But it was pretty fun! Tanner builds guns and makes his own bullets, so we got to test out some of his stuff. David was in heaven!
And if you’re up for a good laugh, here’s a little video of me taking a few shots. And just so you know, we knew where the dog was at all times, he was never in harms way, even though the camera angle makes it look like I was aiming for him haha!
They have a beautiful home on the property where they hold all their family holidays. It’s like something you’d see in a movie. It was absolutely gorgeous!
After spending time at the ranch, we packed up and headed up to Austin for South by Southwest. SXSW is a huge convention of sorts that’s broken into 3 parts (music, film and interactive) over the span of a few weeks. Thousands of people come each year and it’s quite an experience! Last year, David covered the music portion of the week for our newspaper since we had a few local bands go down to play. During the music portion of SXSW, there are dozens of concerts every day for a week, it’s crazy! This year, he went to the “interactive” portion, which primarily revolves around speakers, trade shows, and start-ups getting exposure and talking with investors. There are still concerts, so he was able to catch a show he’d been wanting to see.
While he was at SXSW, I explored Austin a bit. What a beautiful city! It felt a lot like Denver…very clean, lots of restaurants, bars, shops and people.
Mmmmm cactus juice margaritas and made to order guac from the Iron Cactus….so good!
On our way out of town, I stumbled upon the most amazing restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s called Elevation Burger and they serve organic, free-range burgers. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I am a huge proponent of eating organic meat for various reasons (hello factory farming) so I never eat meat when at a restaurant. I haven’t had a cheeseburger from a restaurant in almost 3 years, so my first bite was absolutely heavenly. I hope we get one of these restaurants in CO soon!
Our drive home was relatively uneventful, aside from being run off the road by a semi-truck. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the road outside of Amarillo. We were just listening to music, holding hands and admiring God’s creation. It was a simple moment and a reminder of how beautiful life is.