Flyin’ South – Day One

11 Jun

I don’t know why I worried.  I knew once I was on the plane, nothing else would matter.

I’d left the house a mess, a list of chores for Link and Chip, and a few twenties on the counter to keep ’em alive til we got back.  What’s to worry about?

We opted to let Link off the hook, and instead drove ourselves to the airport early Friday morning.  Long-term parking seemed like a better idea than being at the mercy of the city’s only metro line.  Sometimes spending a few bucks more is worth less hassle.

Our plane took off right on time and before we knew it we were stepping off the plane in Austin and instructed at every corner to Keep Austin Weird.   We were going to do our best.

Our first stop was Ruby’s BBQ, a rustic little bbq joint recommended to us by a native Texan who had been there a few times with his son.  It totally lived up to our expectations – run down, hole in the wall, great food.


IMG_3571We’ve often wondered if we would be able to call Austin home and part of the reason for flying there first was to see for sure.  We could certainly sustain ourselves with the bbq, but the traffic was more than we could bear. We were warned by said native Texan, but we weren’t prepared.

We hung around for a while, checking out the river, checking out a nearby lake, checking out some neighborhoods and then we just checked out.  Austin wasn’t feeling like home.

We mumbled and grumbled all the way down to San Antonio.  Even the interstate was FULL of people, all stepping on their brakes.  We want an up and coming area to live in, but we also want to be able to get around without stop and go traffic.  Surely there’s a place like that somewhere out there.

We finally arrived at our hotel, just in time for the much earned, much needed free drinks.  The rest of the evening we kicked back, relaxed by the roof top pool, and planned the rest of our vacation.  With a full day under our belts, we were ready for some big Texas excitement, and I knew  just who to ask….


Posted by on June 11, 2013 in BBQ, Vacation


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6 responses to “Flyin’ South – Day One

  1. agg79

    June 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Yea, Austin traffic can really, really test your patience at times. That’s probably one of the reasons they keep pushing their motto to keep Austin Weird. Many native Austinites know which roads to take and which ones to avoid (I35). At least Ruby’s turned out pretty good and not another Grumpy’s.

    • shadowrun300

      June 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Ruby’s was awesome! That itself was well worth the trip. And I would imagine if we lived there we would figure out ways to get around the traffic. It’s a very cool area to see and experience, we just couldn’t picture ourselves living there.

  2. Abby

    June 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hmmm… good to know as I’ve heard that Austin is “nice”. We’ve never been there but we’re thinking of jumping to Texas if they really do secede! At least you got some good bbq.

    • shadowrun300

      June 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

      Austin has a lot of great qualities – so don’t let me talk you out of it. What WE need is a mix of Austin and Colorado Springs. Wouldn’t it be nice to custom make a place to live in?

  3. territerri

    June 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I’m glad to hear you were able to relax and enjoy some of that barbecue you love so much! Sorry to hear Austin isn’t where it’s at for you, but I’m sure you’ll find your perfect place soon.

    • shadowrun300

      June 12, 2013 at 1:52 am

      In the meantime, it’s definitely been fun trying out all the places! 🙂 Sorry to say that Minnesota really isn’t on our list…. perhaps if you made the winters there seem a little more appealing….


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