FINALLY I made it to Austin... and I am so glad I that did. I have wanted to visit since we moved here over a year ago. If I didn't already have such a wonderful support system in place here in Dallas, I would be packing my bags and moving to a beautiful house overlooking Lake Austin. Austin really is the closest to California that Texas can get. It was a quick trip, but a loonnggg drive. We arrived late afternoon and grabbed drinks overlooking the lake, checked in to the hotel, went to explore, then grabbed a "late dinner"-- meaning after 6pm. The next day, Sunday, we walked around the lake and got a delicious brunch. Then headed back to Dallas, I wish we could have stayed two nights. Maybe next time :)