Austin Part Two

Hello, friends! Our second day in Austin began with breakfast at Russell's Bistro with some family friends. Afterward we decided to hike up to Mount Bonnell – even though it was a cloudy day the view was still beautiful! Next up was a visit to The Contemporary Austin's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Close to the park we discovered a garden complete with a group of peacocks! 

Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two

After enjoying the museum we headed downtown to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I couldn't help but  stop to try out the swan paddle boats, they reminded me of pictures I have seen in Japan! Our walk ended back on Rainey Street where we had dinner at G'Raj Mahal. Our final stop was a beer flight at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. I can't wait for the next opportunity we have to come back to Austin because there was still so much to do that we didn't have time for in our short weekend visit! After another night in our tiny house we were headed back to KC. Until next time, ATX! 

Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two
Letters Are Lovely | Austin Part Two

Valle del Francés Excursion

Our second excursion day in Patagonia was spent on a LONG hike to the Valle Del Francés. Going through these pictures genuinely surprised me — this was a pretty spectacular day. During our hike, however, I was personally exhausted from rushing to get to the glacier viewpoint and then immediately hiking the seven miles back to catch our ferry. Looking back, I'm really grateful we had this day — no matter how tiring it was at the time. It's not every day you get to see several waterfalls and glaciers! 

Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion

We started out the day by hiking to the same waterfall we saw the day before. With the rainy weather it was a completely different experience, and the green color of all the plants was magnified and magical. Afterwards we took a ferry across the lake and began our hike! There was some disagreement within the family just how far we had actually hiked at the end of the day, but we agreed it was at least 12-14 miles. I wouldn't consider us expert hikers either — my youngest sister and husband definitely led the pack the entire day! 

Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion

And here we all are with the glacier in the Valle Del Francés behind us! While I loved this view I also really enjoyed hiking through the forest where there had been a fire. The burned trees made for some unusual scenery, especially with the cloudy weather. These photos don't really do the views justice, but I'm so happy I have them to remember our crazy hike and all the silliness of the day. Enjoy! 

Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion
Letters Are Lovely | Valle Del Francés Excursion