Lots of Steps but the View From Mount Bonnell is Worth It!

Mount Bonnell Park Austin

Yes, there are over 100 steps to reach the viewing platform at Mount Bonnell.  But when you get to the top, you’ll forget all about that burn in your muscles — the view is simply breath-taking.

Look one way, and gaze out over the water (you know, that wet stuff Austin just doesn’t seem to have enough of!). Look another, a few steps down the path, and you have a clear view of the city skyline.  Turn the other way and walk for a minute or two, and beautiful waterfront homes are in sight.

This is a great place for a picnic (yes, there are tables and benches.) Or find a rock above the water and settle down to read, write, play guitar or just enjoy the view.  Pets on leashes are welcome, parking is free and abundant, and most days this beautiful site is free from crowds.

A word of caution…Parents will need to keep a firm grip on little ones…the edges are real and the drop is significant.

Barkitecture Brings Out Pups and Creativity

Barkitecture Pet Rescue Festival Austin

Since 2005, Barkitecture has given Austinites who love dogs a chance to show off their pooches and support local animal rescue groups.  It’s also a great opportunity for local architects, builders and designers to show their stuff as by creating new twists on the idea of a dog house.

Attendees get to bid on the creative houses, see their dog walk the red carpet, learn about area pet-focused businesses and services and meet pets available for adoption from regional and breed-specific dog rescue groups

That’s the official line….my take on it was a great autumn day downtown with my family and my dog,  Maya (the one hamming it up on the red carpet above) loved meeting the other dogs, And yes, there was a significant amount of tush-sniffing.  But I loved hanging out with a few hundred other dog lovers in a pretty place, while helping rescue groups raise money and awareness.