I made it to the Spring Fling, and although we’ve only met for dinner, I have two observations. My blogging friends are great fun, and when there are over 30 of us in one place, we are LOUD. We had a rousing Mexican dinner at Matt’s El Rancho. I kept wondering who Matt was, but I forgot to ask.
I got in early this morning and headed straight to Whole Foods Market. You see what my priorities are. Their flagship store is located in the center of Austin, and it is fabulous. I even got some of the dairy free truffles I love so much. After eating lunch in the Whole Foods deli, I went for a drive around the city. It is very beautiful right now. I would estimate that Austin is one month ahead of us in Oklahoma. Everything is so green. The irises are nearly bloomed out, and they have roses.
After finding the hotel (which I passed four times,) I went to the Zilker Botanical Garden. I toured the Japanese Garden, the rose garden, and the Green (as in sustainable Texas plants) Garden. I also walked through the Prehistoric Garden, but it really wasn’t my thing.
Giant metal statues of dinosaurs scare me.
I felt the peace of the Japanese Garden seeping into my bones after the jolting plane rides. Both flights went through the same thunderstorms which rolled through Austin and Dallas today. Lots of bouncing around up in the air. Again, not my thing.
I’m tired. I got up at 4:00 a.m., so I’m going to sign off for the night, but I wanted you to have some photos from the first day.
Sweet dreams, everyone. More tomorrow.