Heading to Austin, Texas. Got any insider tips?Posted by Donna Freedman on Jul 22, 2014 | 11 comments
DF has suggested the Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas. I’m also interested in the Texas State History Museum. And, of course, in good barbecue.
All right, proud Texans: Where else should I go? Is there some place that flies under the guidebook radar but is super-damn unmissable? (Note: I’m not renting a car, so suggestions must be approachable by public transit.)
I also wonder if any readers who live in the neighborhood would be interested in getting together for iced tea and irreverence late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, or any time Sunday, Aug. 3.
It would need to be a lot of iced tea, since the average August temperature in Anchorage is 57 degrees and an average Austin August is more along the lines of 96 degrees.
What works for you?
Ideally, a meeting place would be near the HI Hostel, on the shores of beautiful (and probably really warm) Lady Bird Lake. That’s where I’ll be staying as of Saturday night. However, I’ll be in downtown Austin all day Saturday so could meet someplace in that vicinity as well.
The reason I suggest the weekend is that most people are busy during the work week. However, I’ll also be at loose ends late Monday afternoon and all evening, before returning to Anchorage late Tuesday morning.
If you’re interested in a meet-up, please send a note to me at SurvivingAndThriving (at) live (dot) com, indicating which day/time works best – and suggesting any meeting places that come to mind. It could be a McDonald’s for all I care, especially since they offer free refills.
And again: Any tips on what not to miss would be greatly appreciated. No doubt I’ll take DF’s suggestion to heart. He has a special connection to the place: Although raised in Alaska he was born in Texas, and he once visited Austin to give a paper at a Gerard Manley Hopkins symposium. Can’t help lovin’ that man.