A Warm Welcome in the Lone Star State
After arriving in Austin, Texas around 4 A.M. on May 7th (Central Time Zone), in which we camped in the van for the second consecutive night (outside where we'd plan to eat in the morning, Omelettry), it was a really long travel day--a sixteen hour stretch. Without much rest, we got an early breakfast and it was just what we needed in order to be re-energized for the rest of the day. One of our friends mentioned that we should check out Zilker Park, and that was the first thing we did after breakfast. It was a gloomy day, but we were still able to catch a nice view of downtown Austin above the trees. We walked to Barton Springs where we hopped in for a much needed rinse, which was refreshing to say the least, given that the weather had been consistently humid.
We dried off and drove to a really hip coffee shop called the "Spider House Cafe" where plenty of the locals go to get their work done. We did the same, and spent over three hours getting organized and transferring footage onto hard drives.
The rest of the day was one of our most relaxing periods of the trip (up to that point) where we were able to kick back and get sufficient rest. April Bindoch kindly allowed us to stay at a vacation house provided by Austin Vacation Houses, and that was the right change of pace we needed, instead of being crammed in our van. Upon arriving to the house, a brutal thunderstorm began as we sat back and watched through the windows.