The last few years our immediate family has followed a new holiday tradition. Instead of buying each other gifts, the four of us take a trip together. Past trips have been to New Orleans, South Carolina, and Washington DC.
This tradition has several advantages. For one thing, it allows me to greatly cut down on Christmas shopping, an activity I find almost as enjoyable as multiple wasp stings. Also, it’s much easier to achieve quality AND quantity time with our twenty-something sons, who otherwise insist on spending time with people of their own age. And Lord knows how much longer they’ll be willing to do this with us.
This year we’re going to Austin, Texas, where we’ll be staying at a rented house. We’ll be there for about a week.
We haven’t worked out a detailed itinerary, but already on the list are the following:
- Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Hope there is a decent amount of stuff in bloom.
- Zilker Botanic Garden.
- Texas State Capitol. I am a bit of a connoisseur of state and provincial capitol buildings.
- State History Museum.
- Barbecue. We have many, many suggestions of places to go, so this one will keep us busy.
Judy may want to do some stuff related to art, music, or shopping, but we’ll see. Can’t do everything, you know.
We’re hoping the weather will cooperate. Austin is normally about 60 degrees (F) in December, but weather has been unusually frigid across the country in recent days.
Anyhow, for those of you who know Austin, we’d like to hear your suggestions. If you had a week, what would you do?