As a Christmas gift this year, my wonderful boyfriend Matt surprised me with a trip to Austin, Texas to ring in the New Year and spend a couple days thereafter enjoying this beautiful (and friendly) city. One thing I knew I wanted to do during our trip was see a small western town. So with the help of the wonderful people working at our hotel, we got directions to a town that we could visit for a day trip. Matt had rented a car for the trip, which was a true life saver. I doubt we would have seen as much as we did without it. Especially, Wimberley, Tx.
Wimberley, located in Hays County, Texas, is a quaint town about 40 minutes outside Austin. The concierge at our hotel told us to take the scenic route to get there, and I am so glad we did. Looking out the car window all you could see was sprawling lands that went on for miles and miles. My excitement reached an ultimate high when we got to Wimberley and drove on a small gravel road right through a river (!!!) Unfortunately it was New Year’s day, so almost every shop was closed in town. But some friendly locals told us of some places we could visit, if only to see the old buildings and shops. I would just like to say every single person I met in Texas was incredibly friendly. They are some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. It was one of the first things we noticed. You were welcomed into almost every store/restaurant with a big friendly hello and smile. It felt wholly different than Toronto. I even heard a person say a genuine “Yeehaw!” This excited me more than it should have.
Here are a few photos we took in Wimberley. I apologize for the blurryness of some. My (also wonderful) parents bought me a DSLR for Christmas and I was still getting the hang of it at the beginning of the trip. So much to my dismay, a large number of photos from Wimberley turned out blurry.
After Wimberley, Matt wanted to have dinner at the infamous Salt Lick located in Driftwood, which we were told was not far from Wimberley. Being a vegetarian, there was very little to eat. I had some delicious mashed potatoes and coleslaw. But Matt got just about every barbecued meat they had to offer (or at least it seemed that way to me).
I’ll have a few more posts to share with you (I have not even said anything about Austin!!!), as I took about 500 photos during our trip. I hope you all had a great weekend!
*Photos by Matt and I