|A reviewer on this site described it as "an endangered vintage park that is within walking or bicycling distance of 98% of everything you'd want to experience in Austin". I would say that's a perfect description. Map screengrabbed from Google.|
I traveled to Austin to attend an event at the Austin Convention Center, and much to my delight, Pecan Grove proved to be the perfect logistical venue for this trip, as the following series of photos will illustrate.
|View of the front of the facility, facing east along Barton Springs Road.|
|Pecan Grove is well-known for its full-timers...|
|...many of whom are Airstreamers. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting an Airstream in there.|
|Of course, these days, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting an Airstream no matter where you are in Austin. They are being used as food trailers, commercial kiosks, you name it. I suspect that this trend was instigated, or at least accelerated, by well-known Austin businesswoman Vicki Faust and her partner (Vicki's particular Airstream now sits atop their boutique hotel). |
There is a superb collection of eateries, both trailers and fixed facilities, on Barton Springs Road just west of Pecan Grove RV park.
|I did all of my urban trekking on foot, but if you prefer a bicycle, there is also a B-cycle city rental bike stand just outside Pecan Grove.|
|All of my urban trekking on foot, not necessarily with shoes on the whole time. Barton Creek in Zilker Park, which is the first place I headed after checking into Pecan Grove.|
|It is an extraordinary area. This is the view toward downtown and the lake from the bridge over Barton Creek Road.|
|Another view as I was hoofing toward Barton Springs Pool.|
|Philosopher's rock, outside the entrance to the pool.|
|After I got done with my Zilker Park hike, I headed back to the RV park. I stopped at the well-known restaurant Baby Acapulco (apparently it is now known primarily as Baby A's) for some pork green chili tacos. Again, places like this are just steps away from Pecan Grove RV park.|
The next morning, I set out on foot for the 1.8-mile hike to the Austin Convention Center. You might be wondering why in the hell I would choose to walk when there is perfectly good mass transit available in an area such as this. This next series of photos will answer that question.
|I picked up the hike and bike trail where North Lamar Street crosses the lake. Here is the hike and bike bridge at that location. This is not for cars. This is just for people.|
|Assuming the weather is cooperating, why would someone take a car when they could instead see the likes of this?! North side of the lake, heading east.|
|Without question, the Butler trail is one of the most beautiful and most mysterious urban hikes in the world.|
|This is a view in the opposite direction, hiking 1.8 miles back "home" again after a day at the Convention Center.|
|There are also interesting things to see off-trail, including urban architecture, such as this construction on North Lamar. Giant blocks of Austin limestone boldly incorporated into modern design.|
|The Interstate is obviously too tall for the types of parking garages that dominate urban areas. I've gotten in the habit of taping parking payment tickets and receipts on my windshield so that they are extra-visible (see above)...|
|On my second overnight in Pecan Grove RV park, the area experienced a record rainfall. This prevented me from doing additional hiking and exploration after business hours, and it also fouled the operation of my newly-shielded Fantastic roof vent. With that kind of rain intensity, very little will be capable of successfully shielding a vent. But it could have been worse - the rains could have hit as I was hiking the 1.8 miles back to the park! Fortunately they did not commence until after I had already made it back. |
The picture above was taken of my TV set. So far, we have availed ourselves of over-the-air TV only, and I've found it to be sufficient for my needs (I just want to see local news and weather).
|There we have it - the next engraved aluminum place-name plaque went up on the wall! See this post for a description of how and why I developed this overnight commemorative tradition.|