We had a really good weekend... We went down south for a concert. We saw Gary Allan w/ Rascal Flatts at an outdoor amphitheater. We decided at the last minute to leave Friday night instead of getting up early Saturday morning to get a jump on the drive down to Austin. "Why not?" he said. It was fun and reminded us of the old days when we "never" planned trips, just took them when we felt like it. Back in the day when we weren't responsible and all...
We hit some rain going down and since we didn't even leave till 9:30, we decided to just stay in Round Rock. Our final destination wasn't really Austin per' say, but more between Austin and San Antonio, so that was a very good jump on our trip. We got a pretty good night sleep and then got to our next hotel Saturday by noon. After we settled in, we decided to go and check out the place where the concert location actually was going to be since we weren't very familiar with the area. We found it pretty easily and happened to notice a Horse Track right across the street. Hmmm... We headed back to the hotel, I called to find out about the races and found out Saturday night was the next to the final night of racing, so we decided to take a cab over there early, hit a few races and then just walk over to the amphitheater right on time. No traffic, no fuss, no muss. It was a perfect plan. The race track was no Lone Star Park, but it suited us just fine. I ended up only placing one bet but won $22.00. That was fun! When our cab driver dropped us off, we asked him where we should go if we wanted to walk over to the concert and he looked at us and said, it was too far. It didn't look too far, but I guess it was. So he said he would stay and hit a few races himself and for us to call him and he would drive us over there. Wasn't that nice? I thought so. So when we got ready to leave, sure enough we called him and met him out at his cab. After taking us over to the conert location we asked how much for the ride and he said, "My treat!" He had just won a daily double totaling $1200.00 and woudn't have done that had we not convinced him to stay. Lucky bastard.
The concert was great... That Gary Allan is sexy. He's so tormented. Just my type. Rascal Flatts was pretty good too. I do know most of their songs, but I'm just not as familiar with them... They are much more commercial than I usually like, but they did put on a very good show. So besides it being 1000 degrees outside, it was all in all a great night.
Sunday we got up and out of there pretty early (for us) and headed the long way home. We wanted to see some sights. We've been to the Riverwalk a handful of times, so that was out. We decided to head west and go through some small county type towns and hit a few hot spots we've heard about. First we drove though Boerne, Texas. Nothing to write home about, but it was quaint and had an artsy/antique-y feel to the little downtown area. We drove out to an old Ranch that boasts Old-Time Western feel, The Enchanted Springs Ranch. We opted not to take the tour, but we could tell that it was probably a cool stop. Apparently they have filmed a movie or two there and even a few Chevy commercials. We took some pictures out front with an Iron display they had, but after that we decided to head on out...
Next we drove a bit north and along the way we stopped at a winery. Yes, they actually have a wine tour here in Central Texas. We stopped at the Sister Creek Vineyard in Sisterdale, Texas. We took the tour, tasted a few wines, and enjoyed meeting the owners. My favorite sip of the day was their Italian style Muscat Canalli. (fruity with a bit of carbonation) It reminded me so much of our fun times we had last Christmas in Temecula, enough so, that we plan to take a Wine Tour Trip back to the Hill Country this coming Fall.
Next, we went to Luckenbach, Texas. Not really a town per' say, but more of a rest stop... (read bar and dance hall) This place has a huge history and has been family owned and run for hundreds of years. It was mostly made famous by Waylon, Willie and the Boys. But today it's mostly a biker hang out slash tourist trap. If we hadn't been heading home, we would have loved to stay, have a few, and have a dance or two in the dance hall. It really was a cool stop. Instead we opted for a cherry limeade and a funnel cake. Later as we drove further north, TL commented... "I'm officlaly old. Back in the day, we would have stayed, drank beer all day, found a hotel in Austin and gotten up at 4:00am to drive back home just in time to roll into work on Monday. Now we're sippin' on lemonade and driving the back roads home to make sure we're back in time for a good night's sleep." Poor guy.
Our last stop was Lake Travis, right outside of Austin. We hit a well known restaurant called The Oasis. It was very cool. It sits high above Lake Travis and has several floors of decking that make up a huge dining space. Well, it did up until about a year ago, when it burned down and damaged most of the deck seating. There is still some decking and they are making due, and for us being first time visitors I didn't even notice. They are rebuilding and plan to have even more decking than before and plan to launch come this October. I say if you are ever in the area, it is a must stop. The views are spectacular and while you're eating your lunch/dinner you just can't believe you're sitting there seeing such beauty. (especially in Texas) The food was pretty darn good too.
We made it home safe and sound later that night. Like I said, all in all it was a great weekend. I took some pictures you can see over on flick-r.
What rock have I been living under that I am just now learning about this guy?
I caught him on Jay Leno awhile back, he was on there to be funny like comedians usually are, and to also plug his HBO special - Tourgasm. So tonight when I remembered that it was supposed to be on I thought to myself, "Hey, I'll check it out." Dane and his buddy's, pretty damn funny. I Laughed my ass off enough to hit google afterwards to see if I could find out more about this guy. Danecook.com I learned that he's been around for like 16 years... What? How can he be this freak'n funny and I've never heard of him? I've been lingering on his site now for the last 3 hours watching all of his video clips. Hysterical. In watching him be a guest on the various late night talk shows, I learned that this guy is the real deal. He always is respectul of the other guests, gushes over them in fact. It's as if upon meeting any other celebrity he truly is blessed to doing so, like he can't even believe his good fortune to be having the life he is having. That's cool. This guy is my new boyfriend. Energy out the ying yang, sex appeal, great body, oh and he's just funny as shit. Mad Mad Crush. Did I mention he's hot? Check him out if you got time. Or maybe you already know all about him and I am just preaching to the choir.
I tried linking his video clips here, but it's not working... so if you do visit, trust me all the clips are very entertaining. I found the 3 clips from the David Letterman show, (his early days) to be very funny and I especially liked the Comedy Central bash clip. Did I mention he's hot? Go. now. Trust me.