The Texas Hill Country is one of my favorite places on the planet. The people, food, weather and geography are in my soul. I lived in the Hill Country in Jr. High and College and have many friends in the area. Because of this I had to make sure our route took us through the area. I really wanted to expose the kids to this part of Texas. And we did.
Our good friends Chuck and Kate, who live in Georgetown, invited us to stay with them. Thanks again to you and your family for letting us stay with you. We really enjoyed it and it’s always great to see you.
The first night we arrived we headed into Austin to get our taco fix. We hit Torchy’s Tacos (a local and popular chain). They did it up right! When we first got there Elle was mortified. There was nothing on the menu that she was interested in eating. Fearing a meltdown, in a last ditch effort, I asked the cashier if they had a kids menu...and they DID!
Bingo...Elle ordered a “Little Devil” which is Peanut butter and banana quesadilla hand-battered in corn flakes, served crispy with strawberry jam. She was in heaven.
The next day will be remembered as the river, pool, lake day and it wore the kids out. It started off with swimming in the Georgetown Blue Hole that morning. Blue Hole is a lagoon bordered by limestone bluffs along the San Gabriel River.
In the afternoon we went swimming in a friend’s swimming pool and took a quick break to introduce the kids to Blue Bell Ice Cream sandwiches. More on Blue Bell in a future post.
We followed this up by going out on Lake Georgetown in Chuck and Kate’s boat. The weather was hot, the water was perfect, and the company with our friends made it a perfect day.
The next day we headed South. Our first stop was the World Famous Round Rock Donuts.
The kids loved the trip. Elle is even interested in going to school here. No trip to San Marcos would be complete without a trip to the Outlet Mall. Man that place has grown. We decided to end the trip by hitting an infamous donut truck in Austin called Gourdough's. We highly recommend it, just please don't tell Tag. He was sleeping in the car when Mick, Elle and I scarfed this down.
One last thing...before leaving Georgetown we stopped at a local cafe where they were selling this....
...REALLY, you can sell and bottle rain water?
Houston, here we come.