Weekend in Leakey, TX

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Our friend Jon took this picture and it’s the perfect picture of Zoey and Nugget’s weekend. They swam and played fetch and ran round the whole time. They were sooo enjoying life!

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Walking along the Frio

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This picture was also taken by Jon! I’m glad he caught some because I never managed to pull out my camera. I love this one because it catches one of Nugget’s looks.

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Lots of deer in Leakey!

Sam and I had renters in our Austin house so we took to Leakey for the weekend! It worked out perfect because Sam had a day job out near Leakey on Monday, so we were able to have a little peaceful getaway at the same time.

Sam’s parent’s own a quaint¬†little double-wide with access to the Frio River. As our friend – Sam’s coworker Jon – puts it: “it’s like stepping back in time to the 60’s (or some decade around that). This is literally my grandma’s house.” Which he means in the best way possible, and I completely get it! Not to mention the limited to no cell service (unless you have at&t)…it really is a nice way to be out of touch and enjoy a slower pace like the good ole days ūüėČ

We drove up Saturday (the most beautiful hill country drive) and listened to the Serial podcast, Season Two! Season two is about Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army Soldier who abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for 5 years. It’s pretty interesting because Sarah Koenig – the reporter – does a great job of interviewing Bowe and other’s involved or acquainted with the events surrounding Bowe during this time and she pieces it all into an intriguing storyline. I posted about Season One here, but you can find the podcast and season two¬†directly here.

Leakey¬†is¬†tiny, but charming!¬†And it’s a great place to visit in the fall when you can drive 30 minutes to nearby Lost Maples State Park¬†and see the beautiful changing leaves or in the summer when it’s hot enough to enjoy floating the Frio River.¬†But you can really enjoy the view that Leakey provides year round.

There’s also a little grocery store – Leakey Mercantile – if you didn’t manage to hit the HEB in Hondo (or another grocery store depending on where you are coming from). And there are good restaurants, like Mama Chole’s (good Mexican food) and a fun hang out/biker favorite The Hog Pen. Plus¬†a handful of others along the main town road.

A couple other neat places to stop nearby:

1. 27 minutes away is the town of Utopia. If you golf at all, you’ll enjoy the famous Utopia Golf Course, while also getting to say that you have been to the famous town that the movie “Seven Days in Utopia” was filmed. Make sure and eat at the Lost Maples Cafe on the Main Street. The food is good and the building is historic.

2. 10 miles away is Garner State Park located on the Frio River where you can enjoy swimming, hiking and camping!

3. As previously mentioned, Lost Maples State Park! Great hiking trails, sight seeing and you can camp as well.

Happy Travels!

Sincerely,
Amanda

Hiking at Hamilton Pool

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Sam and I have family on his side that just moved out to our neck of the woods and it’s been really fun getting to spend more time with them¬†without having to drive all the way to Houston!

We all spent the weekend hanging out, eating good breakfast tacos (thanks Luke!), watching movies (Everest – ahhhh!! – & Father of the Bride), and hiking at Hamilton Pool. The weather was absolutely amazing, so there was no way we could just stay inside all weekend!

If you live in the Austin area, this is such a great spot to swim, picnic, tan and hang out with friends. Especially come summer time, I cant wait to go back and swim because the water is so clear! The only thing to note is that you want to get there as early as possible because they only let so many people in at a time and once they hit max capacity, you literally end up waiting in a line of cars over a mile long until people leave!

They are open 9am-6pm daily, but they stop letting people in at 5:30pm. You can call their number ahead of time to see what the wait is looking like at (512) 264-2740.

Happy Hiking!

Sincerely,
Amanda

New Year’s in Austin, Texas

Still deciding where to go for NYE? If you are heading out on the town in Austin, Texas I have a little list of fun places to go in your best fancy shiny sparkly outfit! I would recommend skipping 6th street all together because it’s going to be insane! Unless you really want the crazy experience, then go for it! But if not, check out one of these parties instead and ring in 2016¬†in true NYE fashion. The price is well worth the atmosphere and goodies that come with the tickets!

1. The Driskill

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For $125 dollars you can enjoy a 6 course NYE meal at The Driskill Grill (you can check out the whole menu through the link above to the website) and entrance to the party at the Driskill Bar.

Otherwise if you want to skip the big dinner you can pay a $25 cover for entrance to the Driskill Bar where there will be live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne midnight toast!

2. The W Austin

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There are still tickets available for their All Things Positive NYE Celebration! They have a group rate for tickets. Or you can buy a single for $150, pair for $250 or get a special discount for being with a non-profit or with the press: $100

50% of the profits will go to non-profits in the Austin area and your ticket gets you musical entertainment, dancing, a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and midnight breakfast taco buffet!

For $115 you can enjoy a NYE dinner at TRACE and then gain entrance to the W’s biggest NYE party in the Living Room for $25 a person, otherwise sold out!

3. The Goodnight

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This one is a little more casual. All inclusive Casino Night at one of the best bowling alleys in Austin. From 9pm-1am enjoy bowling, casino tables, appetizers, $5,000 in chips, 1 raffle ticket for a trip to Vegas and a champagne toast at midnight!

4. Gourdough’s Public House

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This place is famous for their big fat donuts, and this year they’re throwing a Big Fat NYE Bash¬†at their 5th street location. For $95 get: All¬†Inclusive Drinks, Hors D’oeuvres & Donuts from 9pm-12am, Party Favors, DJ and Midnight Countdown complete with Champagne Toast!

5. Four Seasons Austin

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Enjoy a fancy 5 course meal at their restaurant TRIO for $125/pp. Afterward join the party in the lobby lounge overlooking Ladybird Lake for $40 with live music until 1am!

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Amanda