Sunday, February 19, 2017


Let me tell y'all, five weeks in the Lone Star State goes by fast!
(yep, I said y'all)
We've talked about this trip for years -- 
getting away from the cold, the snow, the cloudy days.
Finding warmth - and sunshine.
Kirk getting to work along side his Austin teammates, 
some that he hadn't seen in over 15 years.

Since I can work anywhere for my (remote) job, 
and Kirk had an office waiting for him in Austin,
This was the year.

We left before the sun came up on Saturday, January 7th and watched the sun rise as we drove through Iowa --then Missouri and Kansas.  We landed in Oklahoma City after about 10-3/4 hours of drive time and covering nearly 800 miles of highway.

We used Yelp to find a place for lunch in Kansas City, KS
and found The Lunch Box

Definitely a place we never would have found on our own, and probably a place we would have passed by without stopping, if it hadn't been for the 4.5 star reviews.
I had the best Cuban sandwich EVER!  The "wall of coolers" with beer, soda, Boone's Farm and Mad Dog lining one wall of the small diner were amusing.  The place quickly got busy.  One guy we talked to said he ate there the day before, and came back for more!
Then ... on the road again.

When we hit our hotel in Oklahoma City, we ate dinner in our room (leftovers from lunch), and crashed in a comfy king size bed.

Misson:  Arrive in Austin, Texas!
Drive time:  6 hours, 15 minutes
Miles:  390
Speed limit:  75 mph!

We slept in til 7ish -- grabbed breakfast at the hotel, then on the road again.

You know they say, "Everything is bigger in Texas."  We found that to be true shortly after crossing the state line.

The highways ... wow.  The speed limits ...  and the warmer weather !

First stop in Texas .... Waco ... for lunch at Torcy's Tacos for the WIN!
This place is SO good ... and thankfully they were in Austin too -- :)

With about 1.5 hours to go, we spotted Silos (in the middle of town) at the end of the road from Torchy's ....

Which could only mean one thing ....

But, it was Sunday.  And Magnolia Market is closed on Sunday (Good for them !)

It was a bit surreal to be here.
It also was exciting to know that we would be back here again in 5 days!

We arrived in Austin by 3:30 pm
Unloaded into our airbnb - home for the next 5 weeks
Picked up some groceries, 
Found the IBM site
and chilled.


  1. I'm excited to see the pictures and hear all about your trip. Day one and two sounded wonderful :)

    1. Wonderful as a road trip can be -- for a girl who doesn't love car trips!


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