The view of Downtown Austin from the hiking trail.
Lady Bird Lake has many recreational uses for which makes it popular among Austin-ites. The banks of the river have biking and running trails all around the lake. The trials complete a circuit around the lake stretching 10.1 miles (16km). Austin’s largest downtown park, Zilker Park, is next to the lake. Barton Springs, a “swimming hole” flows into the lake.
We stopped at this viewing point to admire the view of the lake and downtown Austin.
We walked around the lake for an hour or so and waited for the sunset. It was quite a cloudy day, so we knew it was going to be a great sunset. That is the true key. If the skies are cloudy, you get the most amazing colors in the sky! At least in our experiences this is true.
So great to have such an amazing travel buddy!
From the walking bridge that we were on, we could see two more bridges, one of either side of us…
The Lamar Blvd. Bridge features six open spandrel concrete arches and carries thousands of vehicles daily across the river.
Catherine and I walked around for a couple hours and really enjoyed our time around Lady Bird Lake. I had a great time getting to explore Austin, even though I used to live here! Plus Catherine makes doing everything better.
To end the day off, we decided to explore downtown at night, so we climbed a small hill to watch the sun go down, and then bought ice cream and walked around. More on that evening of strolling around ~ coming in the next blog post.