Las Vegas Fish

This a scheduled post to keep this blog from being inactive for over a week. Joseph and I are currently on vacation in the Caribbean!

I have been sitting on these photos from our trip to Las Vegas for a while. They are a year old, and I thought finally sharing them only appropriate to get you in the mood for our vacation photos.

Joseph and I both really love aquariums; they seem to entertain us better than nearly anything else. Underwater creatures are both funny and intriguing, and we ended up spending a lot more time staring at fish in Las Vegas than you would imagine. We went to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and also saw aquariums for free at the Forum Shops and the Rainforest Cafe shop.

Uncommon OBJECTS

During our trip to Austin we inevitably stopped at Uncommon OBJECTS on South Congress–a beautiful antique store full of unique and oh-so-Austinly-weird goods. I couldn’t help but take a few photos.

We were warned in advance to look and not shop due to inflated prices, but we didn’t take the advice. Sometimes on vacation we let ourselves buy things we normally wouldn’t–they make interesting mementos! Joseph bought this weird globe of clocks (that is a window flare in the photo below), and I got a Japanese lithograph that looks perfect in my home office!

InnerSpace Caverns

Do you guys like caving? I absolutely do not. But I agreed to go along with Joseph to InnerSpace Cavern on our way home from Austin. Sorry, Joseph, but that is the last time I’ll be going to a cave with you.

We went to a cave once before in Slovenia, and I have to say the difference was striking. In America everything feels very safe; the pathways are wide and well-paved and have handrails. In Slovenia we crossed a rickety wooden bridge 50 feet above a fast-moving river.

I’m proud of myself for not having a panic attack as we walked in. I was very, very close. Joseph actually bought the picture they took right as we go into the cave, and I look hilariously uncomfortable. He has it sitting on his desk because he apparently enjoys my misery.

Even though it was not an overwhelmingly fun experience for me, I can’t deny the caves were beautiful.

The above photo was from the last top of the tour. It was actually very beautiful with the water reflecting the cave (but not photographing well). When we turned around and made our quick hike back out and the air became more clear, however, I was reassured of my place above the earth.

Joseph enjoyed being in the cave, and I enjoyed surviving the experience (honestly, I was pretty proud of myself for not crying… though I cried a bit in the parking lot when I realized I was actually about to go in a cave).

San Antonio!

For my birthday this summer Joseph surprised me with a trip to San Antonio! Our weekend trip to Austin in July was such a success he thought we should take another. It was of course miserably hot, but we had a good time. It served as a nice break before the end of my busy summer semester this week. I’ve always thought of San Antonio as really touristy, but (with the exception of the Alamo) I didn’t find that at all.

We stayed at Hotel Valencia on the Riverwalk. It is an absolutely beautiful hotel, decorated with raw stones and woods! Above is the view from our window.

My friend Aly lives in the city, and our friend Lauren happened to be visiting that weekend. It was good timing!

Breakfast at Schilo’s. I also feel I should mention the great meal we had for dinner (no pictures) at Boudro’s. It’s rated #1 on the Riverwalk for a reason!

The morning before we left we ate at the Guenther House Restaurant and then walked around looking at the Victorian homes in the area and toured the Edward Steves Homestead.

Austin Outdoors

The title is a bit misleading because these photos are only from two places: the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a trail at Zilker Park.

Let me just say that hiking in the middle of the day during a Texan summer is not a good idea. We were slightly miserable at points but overall had fun.

I went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and high school and wanted to take Joseph, so that was the first stop on our drive into Austin. Because we got there an hour before closing, they let us in for free! (We actually hardly paid for anything in Austin besides food)

These last two photos are from Zilker Park (near Barton Springs, but we decided not to swim). The trail was mainly uncovered, and it was noon. I’m telling you, it was a bad idea. I’d planned on taking breaks to wade in the water a bit, but the creek was running pretty dry.

In the first photo I was dying from heat exhaustion.

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