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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

All Aboard The Zilker Zephyr: Family Fun in Austin, TX

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I had an audition at noon in Austin and we decided to make a day of it.  I packed a munchy-style lunch for the family and Brian loaded up the kiddos, knocked out my audition (for print work) and headed out to ride the train.  The miniature locomotive, the Zilker Zephyr, in Zilker Park next to Barton Springs.

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You see, we have a train enthusiast in the family.  Thomas the Tank Engine, PBS show "Dinosaur Train," the circus train in "Dumbo," and of course "Polar Express."  Wilder was purdy darn excited.

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For under $10 we were all able to make the 25 minute journey together.  All Aboard!
Honestly, it felt like we were celebrating a birthday.  The sun, the fun, the family -pure goodness!  We will definitely take this outing again.  And the area is a WEALTH of family activity.  Barton Springs where you can splash in the chilly water, dog parks galore, an enormous playground next to the "train station," concession stand, outdoor theater (often) featuring Shakespearian plays, etc.

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(Compliments of Brian)

I felt more a part of Austin life chugging along the tracks with Waverley on my lap, the boy behind me, than I have in ages -perhaps ever.
Highly recommend enjoying the train/park on a weekday if you can swing it.

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(Compliments of Brian)

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(Compliments of Brian)
Wilder cracked us up with his folded hands in anticipation of the ride.  We have never -NEVER- asked him or showed him how to sit with hands folded.  Not sure where he picked up some proper behavior...  Miss Erin?

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I'm still laughing!

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Captivated by the scenery.

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(Compliments of Brian)
Miss Waverley was a hoot, too.  She insisted on holding onto the front rail with both hands for the majority of the trip.  More power to ya, sister.

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Who's the Master of Fun?  Brian.  Ordered a large snowcone for the family to share after the ride.  It was quite a hit.
And who says not to eat the yellow snow?  It's tasty!

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The kids loved the large playscape.  Shoes would have been a good idea, though.  A wee bit hot on the tootsies, but it encouraged them to say goodbye to the park and get out of the sun.  Besides, we can't keep shoes on these little people, anyway.

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Das Babas.

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Daddy's Darling.

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Chin up, Mr. Seal.

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*Sigh* It was a good day.  They screamed for all but the last 5 minutes home, but I'm sure it was screams of joy.  And tiredness.  But mainly joy.
I hope this spring/summer we take more adventures out and about Central Texas.
Let's plan on it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great place! Perfect for your sweet family :)
Did I mention how handsome the men are in your family and thoes dazzling dames a delight to the eyes.
Love you all, Mama


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