Anniversary Week in Austin

In October we took a trip to Austin, Texas to celebrate our twelfth wedding anniversary. The trip was booked to coincide with the  United States Grand Prix  at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Unfortunately it also coincided with Hurricane Patricia. After most events were cancelled on Saturday, the weather managed to clear up just enough for the Sunday race and the post-event Sir Elton John concert.

After spending the weekend cold and wet, we spent much of the week relaxing. There was plenty of eating, and we also checking out some of the tourist sights such as the Congress Avenue Bridge bats, the Blanton Art Museum at the University of Texas, and the Graffiti Park. We also took bikes to go shopping on South Congress Street and, on Thursday, left the city limits for a small hike in the hill country.

Saturday – rainy day at the track

Rainy Saturday

Melissa trying to stay dry on Saturday.

Sunday – race day

Qualifying and pre-race activities

Race time


Sebastian Vettel

United States Grand Prix

Final lap of the race.

Post-race activities


Final view of the tower from the concert.

Our Monday adventures

Walking along the Colorado River on Tuesday

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

View from the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Blanton Art Museum and Stiles Switch BBQ


“Stacked Waters” by Teresita Fernandez in the atrium of the Blanton Art Museum.

Watching the bats emerge from the Congress Ave. Bridge

The evening sun from the river boat tour.

The evening sun on the buildings of Austin from the river boat tour.

Shopping along South Congress Street on Wednesday

Allens Boots

Thursday adventure into Hill Country

Driftwood, Texas
Graffiti Park

Graffiti Park
Friday – waiting out the storm