We spent a lot of time outside of Austin, just driving seeing the sights. We were all over Hill Country, San Marcos, Llano, Lake Travis and Horseshoe Bay. The Oasis at Lake Travis wasn't a complete ghost town this time around, but the retail spaces remain vacant. It was good to see a noticeable difference in the water levels of the Lake. Keep in mind this is before the heavy rains that fell Memorial Day Weekend.
Near Lake Travis, we found an amazing brewery called Infamous Brewing. It's extremely casual and low key, but the have some great beers! They're likely most famous for their peanut butter stout. A little too much like dessert for me, I really wanted a scoop of ice cream in it. But it was yummy. The bartender says people do bring in quarts of ice cream just for that purpose. I dug their IPA. It's a great stop if you're in the area!
After driving back from Llano, we cruised through Horseshoe Bay which is primarily vacation homes. I bet in peak season the area is bustling. Lake LBJ was as still as can be on our visit. Not a soul was spotted, but it looks like it can be loads of fun with slides and cabins on the water.
Austin is a great getaway. I'm happy we were able to explore it more this time around. I definitely want to return. Getting home was breeze. Dollar called a wheelchair for me when we dropped off the rental. So, we had assistance getting to the gate and pre-board status. I was incredibly thankful. That's a long way to go on crutches. I iced my foot and kept it elevated until it was time to go. I knew how bad swelling can get when in flight so I was prepared. That flight from Mexico ten years ago was brutal. I thought my foot was going to explode. This time was uncomfortable but my toes never felt like they'd pop like balloons under pressure.