Knitter in the Wild: Austin

This post is a little late in coming, but back in May I took a trip to Austin to attend Go Wild, a planner conference put on by Wild for Planners.  The conference was everything a crafty girl dreams of – amazing speakers, great swag, and rooms full of people that share your love for crafts.  I got to meet one of my craft idols, Heidi Swapp, who was one of the speakers.  You know how sometimes you meet an idol and walk away crushed and disappointed?  That so did not happen here.  I love her even more.  Her story is incredibly inspiring and I felt so lucky to be able to hear her speak.  In 2019, Go Wild will be held in Las Vegas, so I am looking forward to attending again as it will be in road trip distance for me.

While in Austin, I got to see some great sights.  As I was there for a planner conference, the first stop had to be at the planner girl’s dream store – the Erin Condren flagship store.  Peeps.  It is so beautiful!

The most amazing part of the store is a giant tree that is right smack dab in the middle of it.

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And what would a trip to Austin be without food?!  Terry Black’s for barbecue, Torchy’s for tacos, Voodoo Doughnuts for breakfast, Moonshine for some down home cooking – it was all amazing.  My friend that I was traveling with and I actually went on a food tour called “Food is my Best Friend” where they drove you around in a little electric car.  So fun!

I also made time for some bat watching under the Congress bridge, the LBJ presidential library, and of course, the murals.

This was definitely my favorite mural.  It still makes me laugh  months later.

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Being so close, I had to take a side trip down to San Antonio to see the Alamo.  It is a lot smaller than I thought!  Coming from California, where we have tried to maintain our historical missions with varying degrees of success, I was a little surprised that the Alamo was literally crumbling in some rooms.  It was still worth the walk through, however, and the grounds were really pretty.

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It was an amazing trip, and a city that I probably would not have picked as a destination without the nudge from attending an event in the city.  Totally recommend.

 

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