Day 78 Continued…
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – While on the road, we tried to do video calls with some of our family in between a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After a pit stop at Buc-ee’s (which was PACKED with holiday travelers), we arrived at McKinney Falls State Park around 1:30. We set up quickly so Lucas could continue building his lego set. He wasn’t too happy when he had to pack it up this morning so we could move. The other reason to do it quickly was because we wanted to have our “Christmas dinner”! I had peeled potatoes, baked a pumpkin pie and made a sweet potato casserole yesterday to help with prep time. I just needed to bake the turkey breasts, boil the potatoes for mashed potatoes, bake the sweet potato casserole and cook the green beans. Our microwave has a convection oven feature so I tried that out yesterday for the pumpkin pie and today for the turkey breasts. While I’m not sure on timing, it worked! Our dinner felt like home!
After our bellies were full, we did our usual walk around the park. The area we were in was very quiet and not completely full. We did a few more video calls to end the day. Lucas was wore out and fast asleep on my lap around 9:30. It was a good Christmas!
Thursday, December 26, 2019 – We are only here two nights so want to explore as much as we can. When Matthew went for his run, Lucas and I rode our bikes to the waterfall. I should have tempered my excitement about the idea of a Texas waterfall versus a New York waterfall. Let’s just say, I was disappointed. But we had a fun time riding around nonetheless. We rode about 2 miles around the park.
After a big brunch, we headed downtown Austin. Matthew kind of wanted to see the University of Texas stadium but otherwise, he wasn’t really interested with the city. We walked around the campus for a bit then decided to walk to the State Capital. None of us had ever toured a State Capitol, so that was a fun experience. We only needed to go through medal detectors to go in. Then could take a guided tour or just walk around the open areas. We decided a tour (which lasted 45 minutes) probably wasn’t a good idea. Lucas loved the high ceiling of the rotunda. What beautiful architecture.
From there we drove to Covert Park at Mount Bonnell. I had found it via a recommendation online. It’s the highest point in the area and has pretty spectacular views of the Colorado River and the expanse of Austin.
After Lucas was in bed, I went to Starbucks for a couple hours to work on the blog and enjoy a Chai Tea. Didn’t actually complete a post, but progress is progress.
Tomorrow is moving day!
Friday, December 27, 2019 – No rush to leave this morning so we waited until the last minute to pull out. After a stop at the dump station, we were on our way to Inks Lake State Park.