Summer has arrived in full force in Central Texas. A couple of weeks ago we were in the triple digit temperatures…OMG! Thankfully, the temperatures didn’t remain there for very long and it has been a wetter summer here than usual. The lakes and rivers are full of wonderful fresh water and I really appreciate the fact this city has such an abundance of natural springs, rivers and lakes to stay cool.
Yes, to those of you back in the islands of Hawaii—no it isn’t the ocean but thankfully there are an amazing amount of options to go swimming, boating, kayaking or even floating on an inner tube down a lazy river, within an easy drive. As a dear friend of mine back in Hawaii knows all too well, I call it “water therapy” as the saying goes, “the gods do not take away from the time a person spends on the water”.
I honestly believe that is very true…
I’m really looking forward to this July 4th holiday, since the above-mentioned activities will definitely be on my agenda to enjoy for certain. That along with this city’s grill/BBQ masters to choose from, there will be no shortage of options. The challenge lies in enjoying all the great BBQ to partake of, while still getting in that bathing suit. It’s all good–and I mean really, really good!!
Last night I attended what I’m sure won’t be my last, of a series of free concerts, being held on the lawn of The Long Center for the Performing Arts, by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. What a lovely setting and gathering of individuals. It also made me reflect on this city’s vast choices of musical talent and venues to enjoy. From iconic venues such as Antone’s to the Saxon Pub, to hear music performed by some of Austin’s legendary musician population, to enjoying the beautiful city skyline at sunset with families as their children are dancing to the sounds of a symphony woodwinds orchestra.
Austin is AWESOME!
Yes, I’m gushing a bit about my new home city. I have been very fortunate, in the six short months that I’ve lived here thus far. I’ve made the acquaintance of several true Austinite’s, which given the growth this city is experiencing, they are definitely becoming a rarity. But as I’ve written before, Austin definitely has its own Aloha Spirit. The people here are so genuine and without agenda. I am a lucky woman indeed. Yes, I miss Hawaii, especially my ohana (family) in the islands. Thankfully, I’ll always have Hawaii because of my beautiful ohana.
As we say in the islands “A hui ho’”…see you soon! And Happy 4th of July friends near and far!!