Austin, Texas was our destination to see our son Randall who is now living there. We picked him up at the place he's staying and headed to lunch at Luke's. Marissa, his girlfriend in Portland, Oregon, saw a show on TV about this place. When we got there, they were not serving lunch; instead they were serving brunch in Gibson's next door for $19.00 a plate. That was a little steep for our budget, so we took him to Chuy's instead. We will go back to Luke's on a day we can have their normal lunch. (Marissa I took these photos for you.)
|Bob and Randall outside Luke's food trailer.|
|Randall the chameleon blending in with Luke's trailer.|
|Gibson's Restaurant which served the brunch we didn't eat.|
|Chuy's--where we ate.|
|Chuy's loves all things Elvis!|
|Barton Springs swimming area.|
|Barton Springs--83 degrees outside today.|
|"Get away from me or I'll kick your face!"|
|Six turtles sunning in a tree.|
|Austin, Texas with Lady Bird Lake in the foreground.|
We did a "let's get lost" driving tour to look for wildflowers east of Austin. We went through Elgin, headed north, saw a good roadside display of bluebonnets. We turned off the road we were on and meandered through beautiful green farmland. Randall got to see his first longhorn cattle.
The road we were on lead us directly to Luminant's Three Oaks Mine. From what we could see it looked like a huge strip mining operation with coal-scooping machines known as "draglines" sprinkled across the landscape. We also saw coal. Coal? In Texas? We learning something new today.
In my Google search, I found an Austin Chronicle article from 2008 regarding strip mining in Elgin, Texas, 25 miles east of Austin. According to the article, "...there are 14 active strip mines in Texas, all producing lignite, a low-grade coal that emits nearly twice the greenhouse gases, smog, and mercury pollution of higher density coals."
A few wildflowers graced the countryside, but nowhere near what we expected to see. I took a couple of photos.
|The landscape as we whizzed by at 70 mph.|
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