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Texas Spotlight: Natural Bridge Caverns

Last weekend my friend Tim organized an outing to Natural Bridge Caverns, because he had not yet in his life been inside a cave and figured it was time to remedy that. Ian & I hadn’t been to this particular cave system either, so we went along. It’s about an hour and a half south of Austin, so a very easy afternoon trip. It was a fun time, and the cave systems were pretty cool. I’d recommend a trip if you’re in the central Texas area, but do keep in mind the following:

  • Tours for these caves sell out FAST on weekends. Not a bad idea to order tickets online beforehand (though you still have to check in at the desk when you get there)
  • Weekends are also CROWDED. If we were going to go again, we’d probably go on a weekday if possible.
  • Of the two regular walking tours, Hidden Passages is much better. For the Discovery tour, it was just too big a group and at least with the guide we had not as good of an experience.
  • They do also offer Adventure tours, where you get to explore deeper in the caves and do spelunking and rappelling and a bit more intense of an experience. We might go back and do this.
  • They also have a zipline course outside, which we didn’t know about until after our second tour. We would gladly have skipped the Discovery tour and done ziplines instead if we had known.

And now for some pretty cave pictures:
(most of these are taken without flash, as there is some installed lighting in the caves)


 

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Tuesday 10: Things I Love About Austin

I’m linking up with Lena for this week’s Tuesday 10. This week’s ‘theme’ was Blogger’s Choice, and I decided to steal a theme from weeks previous that I missed and do 10 things I love about the place I live. So, here are my: It’s a big city (population-wise) that doesn’t feel big. As in, I’m not terrified to drive around downtown like I would be in NYC. Frustrated sometimes, because of all the one-way streets and lack of parking, but I’m not going to get lost. And if I’m walking around downtown, I’m not really worried about getting mugged. […]

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An Emerald Evening

  This is where we went out to eat last night. I know, right? How cute is this place? It’s The Emerald Restaurant, a genuine Irish-family-run restaurant out in west Austin. And it is amazing. Aside from the obvious Irish cottage setting, they have lace tablecloths and curtains, fine china in a clover patter, candlelight, and a variety of Irish tunes playing softly – instant romantic atmosphere. This was the second time we’d been. I’d go more often, but it’s definitely on the pricey side, so best for special occasions unless you get lucky and snag the Groupon for it […]

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Austin Business Spotlight: Just Jill

This past month I had the pleasure to meet the Jill behind Just Jill Cosmetics here in Austin. After 10 years working as a Hollywood make-up artist, Jill moved to Austin to be closer to family, and also to launch Just Jill, a natural mineral make-up and skincare line that she designed. She offers a wide range of services to go along with her products, including facials, massages, wedding make-up and more. I was lucky enough to be able to try out one of her facials shortly after the grand opening of her spa location. Now, to be fair, I […]

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TxSC Full Recap

Day 1 – Friday The TxSC corner at Taverna for happy hour was already full by the time I battled my way through traffic to parking, but I got a free drink and chatted up some fun ladies. This is where I first met Haley, Chelle, D’Andra, and Emily, all of whom are fabulous and I hung out with more later that weekend. I talked to Haley without recognizing her for a few minutes, even though I’ve read her blog for awhile now. D’oh. And it was nice finally meeting up with Emily, who lives here in Round Rock with […]

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Friday Favorites: TxSC!

This may be a bit premature to call a favorite, as I haven’t actually attended quite yet. But, judging by how excited (and a tad nervous) I am about this weekend, it should be pretty awesome. So, this week’s Friday Favorite is the Texas Style Council Blogger Conference (TxSC for short)! It kicks off tonight right here in Austin with a happy hour and clothing swap. I can’t wait to meet so many other blog ladies and see what everyone brings to the swap!   Tomorrow is the fullest day. A photography workshop in the morning, a speed mentoring breakfast, […]

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Friday Favorites: Taste of Austin

This past Wednesday was the annual Taste of Austin event. For those not in the know, it’s a big foodie event that showcases Austin-area restaurants and caterers. You buy a ticket to get in the door, and then you wander around the many different booths, getting samples of different signature foods from each place. It’s a great way to discover new places to eat out. I went last year with a group of friends and had so much fun. The sample sizes are fairly small, true, but you get so many of them throughout the night that you easily leave […]

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