Road Runners see the best of Austin

The Road Runners traveled to Austin.

The Road Runners traveled to Austin.

Jan Wallace

Road Runners departed early to take part in a fun trip filled with all the best sights in Austin. First we arrived and lunched in the capitol dining room and then off to the visitor center filled with wonderful movies of the early history of building our state capitol. It is proof the great Texas spirit has existed for over 100 years. The capitol building of Texas is the largest, of course. The rotunda, which is the equivalent of 20 stories, is a marvel and where pictures of all the past governors of Texas hang. Next we had private tours of the Governor’s Mansion, which has recently been restored to its former glory after a fire. Fortunately many things were saved, and it is an elegant home for entertaining. After a brief stop to check into our well located hotel we went downtown to eat at Carmello’s where we had a private room and were serenaded with Italian love songs by the resident accordionist. If that wasn’t enough, we toured famous 6th Street to view all the “interesting” people and then stopped at the Driskill Bar for an after-dinner drink and more people watching.

Saturday most of us went to the San Marcos outlet malls, and I think everyone came home with something. Great Christmas shopping. After leaving there we toured the LBJ Presidential Library, the first Presidential library in Texas, and everyone enjoyed the history of those tumultuous times. Our dinner party Saturday night was a real treat hosted by the Austin Junior Forum in an historic house that had been beautifully decorated for Christmas. It was accompanied by a nice selection of wines, and everyone left very happy!

Sunday morning we went to a local landmark, Stubbs Barbecue, for a gospel brunch. What a treat to listen to a great gospel group that has been singing together for many years. Our last stop was to the Bob Bullock History Museum, a must see for every Texan. Texas has a fabulous foundation and so many stories were depicted there, some you know and some you don’t. It made all of us very proud to live in the Lone Star State. After getting our picture under the giant star we started back to Robson Ranch a lot wiser in knowledge of our state. To join the Road Runners or see what exciting trips are scheduled in the future, visit the Road Runner website at