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Tubing - Love It or Love It

Monday March 31, 2014

Texas tubersThe last time I went tubing, I witnessed two youngsters vomiting their guts out. While this part of the trip was not pleasant, the rest of it was pure joy. I love the way informal groups gather in the middle of the river and then people float away to mingle with other river wanderers. It's the best stress relief imaginable and believe me, I could use some of that right now. And I'm hoping that the new regulations will help to curb the out-of-control drinking that has occurred in recent years.

To get your tube on, head to one of the Best Places to Go Tubing.

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Flea Markets? Not a Fan

Monday March 31, 2014

I'll be honest: I really don't like flea markets. I'm the kind of shopper who likes to zoom in and zoom out or, better yet, buy it online. However, in my effort to bring you Austin from every angle, I've put together a roundup of Austin's Funkiest Flea Markets. Read More...

Walk to Restaurants Near the Capitol

Monday March 31, 2014

Austin doesn't get enough credit for having a highly walkable downtown, particularly near the state capitol. You can spend an afternoon exploring the capitol and the beautifully landscaped grounds and then take a walk around downtown. If your stomach starts to rumble, there are several first-rate restaurants in the area, ranging from family-friendly to romantic. Read More...

Get Outdoors Before the Heat Wave

Monday March 31, 2014

When the blazing heat of summer arrives, many of Austin's premier outdoor spots get crowded. Now is a great time to enjoy Barton Springs, the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Lady Bird Lake. Plus, hiking the top of Mount Bonnell or exploring Turkey Creek trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a lot easier when temperatures are in the 70s.  Read More...

Short Drive to Charmsville

Monday March 31, 2014

As a recovering Houstonian, I'm still amazed by how quickly I can drive beyond Austin's city limits and be in a purely rural landscape. Although places like Fredericksburg are highly developed, they still operate at a slower pace and offer a nice change of scenery without any hassle.  Read More...

Plants for the Non-Gardener

Monday March 31, 2014

If I ever get to retire (it's not looking good), I think I'll be a great gardener. I've inherited my parents' eye for detail and affection for the art and science of growing things. Unfortunately, at the moment, I suck at gardening. It's just hard to make it a priority when I'm still struggling to make ends meet.  Read More...

The Owls You May Never See

Monday March 31, 2014

Most of Austin's owls are so stealthy that we rarely get a good look at them. You might catch a glimpse on top of a telephone pole at dusk or a fleeting glimpse through tree branches after dark. Their wings are constructed in such a way as to allow them to fly essentially without making any sounds, which helps them be excellent birds of prey. Read More...

Kill Poison Ivy Now

Monday March 31, 2014

The last time I was exposed to poison ivy, it started as just a little red spot on my forearm. But soon my entire arm was fire-red and itching like made. Believe me, you don't want this to happen to you. However, you may not want to douse your yard with heavy chemicals either.  Read More...

Who Wants Candy?

Monday March 10, 2014

Chocolate truffleIf you're feeling drained after a hectic SXSW schedule, a sugar infusion just might give you the energy you need to continue chasing Justin Bieber around town. Come to think of it, the Biebs is such a childish boy-man, he probably still hangs around candy stores. Read More...

Celebrity Spotting During SXSW

Thursday February 27, 2014


Matthew McConaugheyFor many years, Matthew McConaughey has delighted the hometown crowd with his quirky antics. He once made the news for standing at his front window and playing the bongos naked. I don't know if he's still doing any naked bongo dancing, but he's seen around town fairly often. Elijah Wood also caused a stir recently when he purchased a home in Travis Heights. Read More...

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