We’re becoming hill country converts

What a great part of this great state of Texas!

We spent all day in an area just a few miles west of Austin, partly around Lake Travis, and partly south from there just “out in the hills.”

Check out the first two photos: the hillsides that surround the lake, dotted with houses….some of the houses are pretty substantial, and they display obvious personalities. Notice the water slide down the hillside from the top house?

This lake was downstream on the Colorado River from the two lakes we visited yesterday. We were told this one has simply been suffering from too little rainfall over the past several years. We saw numerous marinas, restaurants, bed & breakfasts, and even a city park, all closed because close proximity to the water’s edge was their claim to fame.

We finished our tour with a swing through downtown Austin. The structure and lighting of the Frost Bank Tower caught our attention. However, the city is designed to focus attention on the Texas State Capitol building, and we spent most of our time there. It was constructed in 1888, and was the seventh-largest building in the world at that time. In 2008, a poll of American Institute of Architects members ranked it the number one state capitol.

Grinding gears a little: yesterday’s post triggered a question from Carol, one of our faithful companions on the blog. She asked “What do you notice in Ross and Ryan’s development with all your travels and extensive stimuli?”

It’s a good question whose answer we thought you might like to see:

The boys really don’t interact with their environment much beyond the walking surface! On the other hand, they are more peaceful and cooperative with us in the coach and outside when the environment is quiet and the sounds are simple. But we occasionally take them to music concerts, and they seem to enjoy the sound and vibrations of even extremely loud music….if we bring them in gradually. Ross has a dance he will perform on his own for 20 minutes if he really gets into the music!

Ross and Ryan demonstrate real contentment and sometimes real joy about being in the small environment of the coach. They are much less comfortable in a space that they must traverse in order to touch the other side. They each have a sofa in the coach, and the sofa is a very important part of their stability and security when parked and when traveling.

Traveling in the coach provides Robyn and me with pleasure due to the variety. Living in the coach provides Ross and Ryan with pleasure and comfort due to the familiarity.

8 thoughts on “We’re becoming hill country converts

  1. Ah, so, Just like my little blind dog, Rex, that I had to put to sleep in Sept. , things being the same work  out much better.  And not having to go too far to find that familiar wall or soft couch is comforting!  So sweet!!  So it’s good for them and really gives the two of you time together!   I am SO GLAD you are doing this for each of you!  What a blessing!!!

    Love, Carol M. Clegg


  2. My husband’s aunt and uncle live in Round Rock, near Austin, and we’ve been through the Hill Country — some of the same places as you guys. Lots of history there. You really need to be there in the spring, though, to see the bluebonnets and other wildflowers! Eating at The Oasis on Lake Travis is an experience, too, — especially at sunset! Glad you guys are enjoying your time in Texas.

      • That’s okay … Texas shouldn’t be too bad of a place to “live” in for the winter (and spring). 🙂 Yeah, The Oasis would be a great place to take Robyn for a special evening.

  3. Forgot to tell you … when we were there two years ago, there was a HUGE eagle nest across from the Enchanted Rock. You should check it out, Robyn! 🙂

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