So I was selected to present at a medical conference in Austin a few weeks ago. And when I say present, I mean have my poster digitally displayed for only the most astute observers to notice. But hey, I was able to take a paid trip to the Texas capital, so all was good. After spending the morning at the conference, some fresh air was needed. I had the chance to walk down Congress Avenue which was interesting. I was amazed at the number of electronic scooters that were in use. There also seemed to be a surprising number of quincinera celebrations complete with photographers and teenage friends. It was also game day for Texas Longhorns football as there were tailgaters lining each side of the road. I took the chance to visit the Texas State History Museum as it was conveniently within walking distance. This place was pretty cool with lots of state history packed into the building and it’s three floors.
The only other recent trip I’ve taken was to Bandera. My parents were in town, so we decided to head to the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” On the way we ran into a pecan farmer selling homegrown pecans on the side of the road. After talking with this farmer for a while, we discovered a pecan nutcracker was actually invented in San Angelo. This area of Texas has a good climate for growing pecans, so it was probably invented by necessity. I discovered how powerful this nutcracker was later when I accidentally squeezed the levers onto the end of my middle finger and drew blood. After this stop, we came to a string of antique stores along the side of the road. My mom loves antiques, so this was a necessary stop. There were some typical Texas items for sale to include guns, knives, and leather products to carry these guns and knives. After purchasing a few Texas souvenirs, we were headed to Bandera. The town was having some sort of festival, but we stopped at the Frontier Times Museum which detailed some of the pioneering history of the area. I believe the museum was started by the editor of the Frontier Times Magazine which had articles about early life in the West. This place was not fancy by any means but had some interesting displays. The final part of the trip took us to Lost Maples Natural Area to see some fall foilage. We weren’t the only ones with this idea as the line stretched for a ways. It was nice walking along the creek and seeing some of the trees turning colors. I guess the canyons and creek allow the trees to grow in this area.
That’s about all the adventure I’ve had for the past few months. I probably need to get out more, but I guess I appreciate these trips more when they aren’t so frequent.