Back from Austin

We’re just back from an action-packed trip to Austin.  My Mom was nice enough to take care of the girls while Megan and I enjoyed 3 days together.  Here’s what we did:

Megan has always wanted to do a zipline tour and while planning this trip, I stumbled across Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, which is about 45 minutes west of Austin.  We started with the basic canopy tour, which consists of 6 ziplines and 3 suspension bridges that connect old cypress trees through a creek .  It’s a lot of fun — if you’re wondering what it’s like, here’s a video we took from a zipline:

After doing the introductory tour, we stepped it up a notch and did the Challenge Course.  This involves rope “elements” about 30 feet off the ground.  You choose between 3 paths:  “hard”, “harder”, and “hardest”.  Of course I had to go with the hardest path and ended up with bloodied and bruised shins (not to mention wounded pride).  Here’s Megan starting one of the elements (which she did without falling):

The primary reason for the trip was to catch the UT-OSU game, which turned out to be a great one.  OSU is one of the best teams in the nation and they went blow for blow with the Horns.  It came down the to the last second but the Horns escaped with a win and remain #1 — what a season we’re having!  After the game, we went to our favorite steak restaurant, III Forks, with my boss Ken and his wife.  III Forks never disappoints and we walked out fully carb and protein loaded for a big day on Sunday…

A small contingent from Team ThinkCash (me, Ken, Stephen, Rex) participated in the LiveStrong Challenge, a 90 mile bike ride through the hill country west of Austin.  It was a tough course with over 5,000 feet of climbing but everyone finished strong (although Ken did take a pretty nasty spill).  We also raised well over $1,000 to fight cancer.  Afterward, we showered up, had our traditional post-ride dinner at Pappasito’s, and drove 3 hours back to Fort Worth.

This brings an end to my week of vacation.  It wasn’t what you would call relaxing (15 hours of travel, 24 pitches of climbing, 8 hours of hiking, 160 miles of cycling) but it sure was fun!


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