Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blue Hole in Wimberley


The Blue Hole, spring-fed by Cypress Creek, has long been known as a beautiful and refreshing swimming hole in Wimberley. 

In 2005, the town of Wimberley purchased the land and has converted this spot into an incredible regional park.  The Wildflower Center worked with the city to landscape the park, and it shows, because it is just beautiful! 

Phase II of the development opened in May, with hiking trails, soccer fields, a playground and more!

When visitors first arrive at this oasis, they are visited by a lush lawn, with large pecan and cypress trees. 

Families spread their blankets under the shade of the huge pecan and cypress trees, children pull out frisbees and balls and everyone prepares to spend a fantastic day avoiding the Texas heat!  Don't forget to pack the picnic basket!

To the left of the lawn runs the Cypress Creek, spring fed by nearby Jacob's Well.  About 500 feet of the river is available for swimming. The entire length is shaded by large cypress trees. 

At the south end of the river, the river is low, and young waders can enjoy splashing and playing. 

The northern end gets quite deep. Two rope swings hang about 50 feet apart from two different large trees.  My boys spent the entire day jumping off of one swing or another, while I got in some laps swimming the length.

The water is a pleasant 75 degrees - just perfect for a hot summer's day.  Children frequently came out with shivering lips, but a brief stand in the sun warmed them up in just a few minutes!

Tips and thoughts
* When we arrived around 11:30am, all of the parking spots in front of the pool were taken.  There is plenty of parking in the sports area, but it is a bit longer of a walk.  It is maybe only a tenth of a mile, but loaded with coolers, floats and towels, and in 100 degree heat, it can seem longer!  Go with a friend so you can drop off all of your gear first :o)

* The path to the pool is sloped with no steps, so strollers and wheeled coolers can easily make it down

* Bring a blanket and maybe some camp chairs to enjoy while sitting on the lawn.  Bring a frisbee, ball, or deck of cards for the kids to enjoy while they are standing in the sun to warm up!  And don't forget to bring a float or tube to hang out in!

* Admission is $8 for 13 and up and $4 for 4-12.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monochrome in Austin


An old friend from college came in this week to visit, so we decided to check out our old stomping grounds on the UT Campus.  

I finally got a chance to see the new sculpture:  Monochrome in Austin.  Located at 24th and Speedway (catercorner from RLM - for those of you who made have attended UT), this 50 foot statue, 75 canoe statue  is worth checking out!

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a summer day, here is a list of some of the fun things to see and do on the UT campus.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Date Night ideas - Page 4

Austin Top 50 Date Night Ideas  - Page 4 of 4

Some time ago, I received a few requests for ideas for the older crowd looking for a fun date night.  So I culled my list of all the kid-related stuff, and pulled out some of the ones that were best for a date night...  Just a few ideas.  Maybe 15.

And then I kept getting comments asking where the rest of the 50 ideas were.  

Wait, I thought, this isn't the Top 50 list, this is date night ideas... My top 50 list is here

But after enough people made comments, I finally hunkered down and put together a list of 50 date night ideas.  So here is the last page - with Austin's Top 50 date nights listed. Enjoy!  

And please feel free to email me with any additional date night ideas for Austin, as well.


36 ●● Check out the Stars at UT
Most people don’t know that the UT astronomy department hosts regular star parties. A star party is a two-hour period where anyone can come to the roof of RLM (one of the tallest buildings on campus) and look through the telescopes. You’ll get a great nighttime view of UT campus.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Radiolabs Detour Austin

This year, for South by Southwest, Radiolab create a Detour for Austin called The Year That Broke Austin.  You can still download the app and take the detour.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Want to create a Summer Bucketlist for the family?

Sometimes, the only way I can make it through these last few, hectic weeks of school is to start planning all the fun things I want to do with my boys over the summer break.

Along that train of thought, I wanted to pass on a tip that I have seen some other parents use to create a summer bucket list.  Since most of the entries have photos on them, you can use the pinterest button to create your own personalized Summer Bucket List.  Here's how:


Summer is almost here.  I can almost smell the sunscreen!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Date Night Ideas - Page 3

26 ●● S'Mores at Halycon
Located on Fourth street downtown, Halycon is a great combination of coffeehouse, bar and live music venue.  If you love coffee, love drinks - or both (Coffee long island, anyone?), this place is perfect.  Try out the S'Mores complete with a small fire to roast your own marshmallows. Or check out the attached cigar shop.  This is a great place to start off, or end up your night!

27 ●● Figure it out at the Austin Panic Room
I have not tried this yet, but I really want to!

Come experience the finest escape room entertainment where your puzzle solving skills will be tested to the max and teamwork is forged by a common goal: to escape the room! You and your team will have 60  minutes to solve a series of puzzles using your wits, deduction skills, and clues found throughout the rooms in order to escape the room before time runs out. With two equally unique and challenging scenarios that change every six months, there is always an opportunity for you and your team to visit us. The Austin Panic Room offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a logical challenge in a team setting.

Tickets are $20 per person.

28 ●● Check out the overlook at the Pennybacker Bridge
In addition to being downright beautiful, the Pennybacker Bridge is iconic Austin.  This 600 ton bridge was built in Japan and spans over 1,000 feet.  The hike begins on the western side of 360 and offers beautiful scenes of downtown Austin.

Free

29 ● Firehouse Pub
If you are looking for a fun place to get some drinks, this place is perfect!  It has a quiet, cozy, speakeasy atmosphere that can't be beat.  And the prohibition-era drinks will make you feel like you've stepped back in time.  But the true charm of this place greets you when you enter the hostel.  After walking in, you will see a small room with a hotel desk, and a book case.

30 ●●  Barton Springs at night
I know what you are thinking: Barton Springs is great for a family outing, but for a date night?  Really?  

Actually, after the sub goes down, the pool gets a whole different vibe. Everything seems a little muted, and the crowd gets older.  And when the moon comes out, it can be downright romantic.  Bring some swimsuits and an towel and prepare for a fun, quiet night!

$3 entry per person.  Parking is $10 per car on weekends.

31 ● Capital Cruises on Townlake
Photo courtesy of Capital Cruises
Established in 1991, Capital Cruises is the largest all-electric boat fleet on the Highland Lakes. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, they offer lunch and dinner cruises, bat-watching excursions and more.

$10 per person for a bat watching and sunset tour.  Dinner cruises atart at $82 per person

32 ●● Visit the Hope Outdoor Gallery
The Hope Outdoor Gallery (aka the Austin Graffiti Park) is a is a three-story educational art project located at 11th & Baylor Streets in Austin – one of the largest outdoor galleries in the USA. This project was developed to provide muralists, graffiti artists and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive and educational messaging. In addition, the project activates and beautifies a dynamic yet underutilized space with a great view of Austin! The project was officially launched by the HOPE Campaign in March 2011 with the support of Shepard Fairey and Obey Giant Art.

Free

33 ●Third Thursdays at the Blanton Art Museum
Looking to entertain someone who loves the arts?  Third Thursdays at the Blanton is a free, monthly themed event that features extended hours (until 9 PM).  Multiple programs include Yoga in the Galleries, tours, and other offerings.


Programs are included with admission and are free to members, unless noted. Thursdays are always free at The Blanton.

Free

34 ●● Swing it at Trapeze Texas
Experience the extraordinary physical exhilaration of flying on the trapeze. Trapeze Austin offers 1 and 2 hour classes that will teach you the basics of the art of the flying trapeze.


During the beginner-friendly lessons, students get a ground-lesson and then spend most of the class flying through the air. There’s even an opportunity to be caught in mid-air in the 2-hour lessons. 

$47 for a one hour single spot, $90 for a two hour class

35 ●The Dinner Detective
America’s largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show!  Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner.  Just beware!  The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect!

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show performs Saturday nights at the Residence Inn on 4th Street.

Tickets are $60 per person and include a four course sit-down dinner including appetizers, salad, entree and dessert, beverages, interactive murder mystery show, prizes for Top Sleuth, wait staff gratuity and much more!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Try Disc Golf

Looking to try something new?  Have you tried out Disc Golf?

Later winter / early spring is a great time to try out a new course! (Much better than the sweltering heat of summer!)


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