We piled in the car and headed east to Huntsville, way too early for a Sunday morning drive, but we each had long to-do lists awaiting our return. We passed by the Elisabet Ney Museum, to pay small homage to the artist who created the statue of Sam Houston (and of some other Texas hero) in the Capitol. Ney’s historic home and studio museum was not open, so it was truly a drive-by, but it was also close-by our final destination before leaving Austin city limits, Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery.
Topped off with coffees and teas, and the usual plethora of pastries, we headed out. We drove into the sunrise, reliving some of the more interesting, fun, frustrating, and even silly moments of the trip, our favorite panels/sessions, meals/restaurants, and some “honorable mention moments” shone through:
- The Stories of 9/11 and One-on-One with Julián Castro (tie for most votes!)
- Points of Light
- Trade Off
- Ed & the Feds
- From Within
- CAVA and Clay Pit (tie for most votes!)
- Kerbey Lane Café
- Coffeehouse at Caroline
Trip “Honorable Mentions”
- Book signing by an author — not on the book signing list (Julian Castro)!
- One traveler’s first time to visit the Texas State Capitol – Senate & House floors, Hall of Governors, and learning what the Texas Capitol icon the Goddess of Liberty *really* looks like…
- Seeing Austin City Hall at night.
All in all, everyone agreed it was a packed trip, full of interesting information and exciting experiences, and in some cases, the opportunity to gain insights that may even challenge one’s current way of thinking.