Plotting out a driving route can be a tempting proposition. Yes, tempting, because we’re lured off the straight, sensible route. We always consult our road atlas — old-fashioned, we know, but useful for finding hidden worthwhile sights. So went the planning for our drive into Austin, TX. That drive should have taken the normal driver, well, 1.5 hours, but we found a route that took all afternoon with an add-on visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The exhibits were infused with smart perspectives on habitat and global warming issues. We loved viewing flowers in the hot afternoon sun and exhausted ourselves doing it. As we headed back to the car, a woman came toward us and asked if we’d noticed the owl behind us. Owl? We turned around to look. We couldn’t spot the bird until she helped us. A Great Horned Owl was perched about 15’ above the sidewalk behind a planter on a shelf built into the stone wall. Isn’t it amazing how clearly an “invisible something” can be seen once someone else shows you where to look?
That owl sighting would be our last travel adventure for 3 days. We badly needed to hunker down to do our tax forms and other “maintenance” paper work. We also needed a little time to just sit back and relax. As luck would have it, we were staying at a truly lovely AirBnb in Austin – so being house-bound was actually an appealing option.