Live Music Capital of the World – Whether you agree with this grand designation or not, it became an official slogan of the City of Austin in 1991 after research revealed that they had more live music venues per capita than Nashville, New York City, and other music hot spots. Austin City Limits TV show website.
Austin Music Events and Venues Links:
Janis Joplin got her start in Austin singing for beer at Threadgill’s, the first bar in the county to get a liquor license when the former bootlegger was able to go legit. For over 75 years now, they’ve served that good ole’ Southern home cooked comfort food we all crave when we aren’t worrying about our waistlines. The current owner, Eddie Wilson, started one of Austin’s most famous music venues, Armadillo World Headquarters. To relive that golden age and more of Austin’s eclectic history, check out the museums (in two locations) while in Austin.
My Early Life In Austin:
I moved to Austin from New Orleans in 1971 and for a little while lived at Hippie Hollow on Lake Austin. I remember when I first saw Mount Bonnell, I was awed by its size since I had been used to below sea level life in Louisiana. I loved my life in Austin for a long time when it truly did have pride in its claim to “Weird” fame and it felt like a special little community. But like George Harrison said, All Things Must Pass, and by the time I left it to start fulltime RVing in 2001, I knew I’d never want to live there again. It was becoming way too metropolitan and the traffic was horrendous, so I was not sorry to leave it in that way.
The closest thing I ever came to that original Austin vibe was when I was able to stay at Pecan Grove RV Park whenever I returned to Austin to visit family. I understand it’s practically impossible to get into now except for the occasional night or so, but nothing long term.
One of the other cool things is that it’s within walking distance to one of the jewels in Austin’s crown – Zilker Park and the hike & bike trail that winds around Lady Bird Lake, where you can canoe or kayak.with great places to stop and enjoy the views or feed the ducks, as my granddaughter, Anna, and I are doing here in 2008.
Another famous Austin tradition is taking your kid’s picture in the bluebonnet and wildflower fields that flourish all around Austin in the spring.
Here’s my sweet granddaughter proudly carrying on the family tradition.
I can’t say that I don’t have some sweet memories of Austin and raising my kids there, but I also can honestly say I have no regrets about starting my traveling lifestyle, too. “All Things Must Pass…”
More Austin Info:
My Favorite Mexican Food: Chuy’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite Tex-Mex place in Austin because so many are really good, but I always come back there for my favorite salsa and chili rellenos – and their homemade flour tortillas are the best I’ve ever had anywhere. Watch out, though, because their creamy jalapeno dip/dressing is addictive! Substitute their green chili rice for the regular kind and you won’t be sorry. There’s almost always a wait to sit at a table, but they serve free chips and salsa and have a bar area to sip their delicious margaritas.
Malia’s 2 Cents: One of my goals when I started RVing was to explore lots of places around the country to decide where I’d want to settle down again once my RVing days were over. Having traveled for over 7 years now, I don’t honestly know if I’d settle anywhere else. My main objection is that the summers are so swelteringly hot, but (besides my kids and grandkids) there are enough attractions here to make this a really desirable hometown, and definitely a great place to visit!