Trip Summary Calendar - Where we went and when

July 03, 2004

A quiet day in Austin, TX

So again I've been remiss in blog updates. Don't fret - we're still here! :-)

We stayed two days longer in Houston for an in-depth tour at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Everyone told me their regular tour was pretty bad, and from what I could tell they were right. But they also have a fancier tour called the "Level 9" tour (silly name) that lasted five hours and took us right inside some great facilities. We saw the GIANT swimming pool where the astronauts train (it's so large that it holds full-size mock-ups of the space station and space shuttle!), a massive vacuum chamber, mission control center while they were preparing for a spacewalk, etc. Photos to follow.

We left Houston on Tuesday morning, and arrived in Austin mid-afternoon. This gave us enough time to relax a bit, then go see Erin Jaimes live in concert on 6th Street. Who is Erin Jaimes you ask? Well she's actually Erin Weinberg, childhood family friend and now a regular blues singer here in Austin. And pretty good too!

The other highlight of our visit thus far was watching 1.5 million bats fly out from under a bridge. Really! In the 1980's Austin built a bridge, and without intending it the underside of the bridge was a perfect spot for bats. And they moved in fast. At sunset each night they all fly out together in search of bugs; it's a crazy, very fun sight.

We've also toured the state capitol, the Lyndon Johnson museum/library, and taken a duck tour.

Tomorrow's the Fourth of July and we're still figuring out what to do; we have at least two decent options. It'll surely involve fireworks! We're planning to leave Wednesday morning for parts unknown. So stay tuned.

Posted by Mitch at July 3, 2004 12:37 PM
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