After being cooped up in the house for two full days, it was time to take the cameras and see where the day would take us. We started at Austin Java for amazing pancakes, headed to the Lamar pedestrian bridge, then to the state Capitol. When leaving the Capitol we were found ourselves in the middle of a refugee rally. After spending some time pretending we were news journalists, we headed to the Lake Austin-360 Bridge Overlook. If you haven't been, you have to go. The views are amazing and it is a short walk to the top.
We were looking for a somewhat vigorous hike (at least for us) nearby with elevation changes. Boy did we find it, in the form of several, several (did I say several) steps. River Place Nature Trail was a beautiful hike and can't wait to go back in the spring when the creeks aren't dried up.
Who knew there was a park full of free-roaming peacocks near Mount Bonnell? Well, we didn't. We went to Mount Bonnell to enjoy the view and stumbled upon Mayfield Park. This park was a private residence that is now open for the public to visit. It includes a historic cottage, two acres of gardens, and beautiful peacocks that will just walk right up to you. This would be a perfect spot for a small wedding!