The Austin Central Library is something to explore in awe. It is located at a prime spot along Lady Bird Lake with nice views on all sides. It cost around $125 million and has everything you could imagine a Library would have. Six stories, nearly 200,000 square feet, a three story clock with red grackles, a rooftop garden, a technology petting zoo, portables and MacBooks to check out on loan, a two story underground parking garage, and so much more. The building is full of light and people are everywhere to be seen, admiring the design and discovering their favorite reading locations. It will probably become one of my favorite spots in Downtown Austin to take a break and enjoy a book or magazine, so look for me there on some lazy weekend afternoon.
I stopped in at the Mexic-Arte Museum this afternoon while walking about in downtown Austin. They had a Day of the Dead display called “Love to Death” and the theme was Community Altars. There were so many colorful celebrations of life and death to behold.
It is that time of year in Austin where the evenings start getting cooler and it makes it nice to get out and walk. This evening, I started at Ninth and Congress and headed for the loop around Town Lake. There were a few art installations and groovy flowers along the way. On my return to Congress Avenue, there was a flock of tourists anxiously awaiting the bats to begin flying out from under the bridge. And of course, the sunset colors on the city were most beautiful.
I sat outside on the patio for a while and enjoyed a coffee near the Arboretum area in Austin this evening. After that, it was time for a walk and seeking out the best sunset view from the hills.
It was a beautiful day at Lady Bird Lake this afternoon. I think everyone in Austin had the same idea – get out and enjoy the awesome weather. Here are some scenes from my walk around the trail.