Today is my husband's birthday, and since he couldn't take the day off we celebrated on Saturday. We started off the day driving the scenic route to Wimberley to visit Wimberley Glassworks, an amazing little shop where they create beautiful hand-blown glass pieces. We got there just in time to watch the owner, Tim, and another gaffer make two absolutely gorgeous scallop-edged bowls. If you live in Austin, or anywhere remotely near Wimberley, visiting Wimberley Glassworks should definitely be on your Saturday to-do list. We then ate lunch in true small town fashion at the Wimberley Cafe. Being a modern woman, I of course checked out the Google reviews before stopping by, and they definitely lived up to the hype! I forgot to take a picture, but their sweet potato fries were absolutely to die for!
I had also planned for us to take a boat ride on Lake Austin to see the Congress Ave. bridge bats leave for their nightly feeding. Have you ever gone sightseeing in your own town? If you have not, I highly recommend it. Start looking up and gawking at the buildings in downtown like a tourist, take a walking tour of the town, just go be a tourist in your own city - you'll be surprised at the fun tidbits you learn along the way! At any rate, we boarded our boat, rode around while listening to our guide talk about downtown, and finally ended up stopping on the east side of the bridge to wait for the bats. This is our view from the top of the boat.
There were so many people not only on the water in boats and kayaks, but also lined up along the bridge. The bridge was actually about twice that full by the time the bats started flying! It is definitely a sight to see - 1.5 million bats flying out from underneath a bridge above your head. If you live in Austin or are vacationing in town for a bit, you should make your way down to the Congress Ave. bridge to see it for yourself. September is a great month for seeing the bats so there's still time! Have you ever gone sightseeing in your own city? What did you fun facts did you learn?