Being an Austin Tourist

Yesterday I had to take off work to do some boring personal stuff, but in the end, there was lots of time in the day left over. Since I will be out of town for Anita’s birthday on Saturday, I decided to take her to some places in Austin she’d never been. The first was the Contemporary Austin museum at Laguna Gloria, which I just shared some photos of flowers from.

The main building, the former home.

I hadn’t been to Laguna Gloria since some art classes when my children were small. It’s changed a lot since then, and they have added some fancy new, but not quite finished, buildings there, like a cafe (we had a nice light meal from there, though we had to eat in the car due to no seating), a cute gift shop (where Vlassic got a new “dress collar”), and such.

I’m quite proud of my new beaded leather collar. Call me fashion dog.

But we were there for the sculptures (and plants), so off we went. The day got warmer and warmer, but we persevered.

All the modern sculptures were interesting, at least, and some I just loved. The settings in and among all the native and other plants was really pleasant. Plus, I’m just glad there is still a little space where people can see Lake Austin from the ground. Most of it is full of giant, fancy houses.

My favorite one didn’t photograph well, but it was party of a trio of pieces hanging from one of the many huge trees on the property. I guess you’ll just have to go to see it.

Tree sculpture, with palm.

I also liked the huge old car that played music and shone its lights in the middle of the plants.

It’s green, and got “planted” in the woods. Seems happy about it.

Two favorites were the one that resembled a big pile of poop, but it gave off the most comforting vibe. I have no idea why. The other one is just some rocks, but from the side, looks like a friendly person.

The poop of comfort.
My favorite. No idea why.

The “twins” cracked me up, and I joined them for a moment of fun.

I’m the chubby triplet.

I liked that there were multiple tree sculptures, too, including a huge one carved out of limestone.

The tree trunk is carved by hand, with these lovely inlays.

And the views, ah, the views. All the lotuses and other water plants frame Lady Bird Lake so beautifully (sorry I keep wanting to call it Lake Austin).

We also tried to go see Mayfield Park, which has beautiful peacocks and ponds, but the ponds were being resurfaced and we could only walk on the trails, which was nice, but it was really hot by then. And to add to our indignity, we got to the end of the trail only to find we could not get off! The gate was locked.

Anita escapes the park.

So, I tromped through the woods like the woodland nymph I am, and found a place where we could squeeze through the fence. You can’t stop me and Anita!

Card o’ Day

The card for today is the 8 of Cups. It fits right into the theme I am working toward, where I’m just not investing in energy for family members who don’t want to interact with me, situations I can’t change, and settings that don’t help me improve.

These cups just aren’t working for me anymore.

Aeclectic Tarot says:

…the card tells the querent that whatever they’ve been investing their emotions in, it has brought them down, made them less of a human being than they want to be. They need to give their feeling to that that which will en-noble them. This something will not be found in any familiar places. They must have the fortitude to search for it elsewhere.


And now that I have done this, situations have begun resolving themselves. Bingo.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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