Been a busy three weeks. First, the annual family reunion trek to Indiana. Then we were back in DFW for a few days before we headed south to San Antonio. We spent two and a half days in San Antone where we spent all our time either at Seaworld or the hotel. We fed dolphins, sea lions and exotic birds. We rode rides and saw all the shows including two different Shamu shows. I had never seen an orca show and it was spectacular.
Then we drove to Austin and spent two nights watching the famous evening bat migrations at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Our hotel, the Radisson was right next to the bridge and was the perfect place for bat viewing. The first night we watched from a hillside beneath the hotel. The second night (pictured above) we watched from the bridge itself. It's an amazing sight to behold. As soon as the sun ducks down behind the horizon millions of bats fly out looking for their evening meal of insects. Hundreds of people watch the event from the bridge, river bank and in all sorts of watercraft.
We also spent time in Austin tooling around Congress Avenue. We visited the state capitol building, went to the ArtHouse at the Jones Center ( a new modern art gallery) and ate at many great restaurants including The Shady Grove ( a former RV park), The Green Mesquite BBQ, Berry Austin (for yogurt), Hey Cupcake! (best cupcakes in the world) down in SoCo, Annie's Cafe and a small pizza joint next to Patagonia...one of my favorite stores. On they way back to DFW we stopped at the massive outlet mall in Round Rock to shop.
Then we got back to DFW in time for me to have my fourth oral surgery in two years. This time they harvested a small part of my jawbone and grafted it to the upper left gum line to shore up for two future tooth implants. I've had no pain but the meds have pretty much left me useless save for blogging, tweeting and facebooking. I should be back up and around in a few days. This should be the last of the surgeries. Once I have the two implants done my former British style teeth will be distant memory.
Pictures of our trip can be found on my Flickr site HERE.
BTW, I am on twitter now. You can find me at @DavidWhite007.