We wanted to break it up. Three teenagers packed into the back of the car was a little much. So on the way there we stopped at Tandy Leather in Austin. Robert bought some things with his allowance. Athena seemed shocked that almost everything in the store once used to be alive. It just boggled her mind.
After we left Tandy we finished the drive to Austin and found a parking garage near the Riverwalk. We grabbed the cooler out of the back to have a picnic lunch. We did not find a great place for a picnic lunch, but we did find this egret hanging out in a tree near by.
As we ate we watched the birds and the squirrels. One of the squirrels was trying to steal from the other squirrel. It was quite amusing.
After the lunch we put things back in the car and then headed out to the Alamo. It was a short few blocks away. Will really wanted to show it to them. Robert and I had already had the tour. Jonah and Athena both expected to be very bored.
One of the big selling points of the Alamo is that it is free. I love that. Unfortunately, they were not having any historical reenactment displays today. However, we got to walk the grounds with all the beautiful flowers, no matter how hot it was.
Afterward we stopped in the gift shop. Robert got some candy canes and playing cards. Jonah picked up a coonskin cap, and Athena picked up a little pop gun. A few little souvenirs, nothing very expensive.
As we left the Alamo there was a gentleman playing Batman outside. Some younger kids got pictures with him first, and then we stepped in.
Will commented that this picture was proof that Jonah wasn't Batman. The comment came in response to Jonah's repeated growling of the phrase "I'm Batman."
After this we went walking on the Riverwalk. We walked along, taking frequent breaks under the various streets and overhangs. BabyH was getting to me. It was hot and I was slurping down water, but I still felt wiped out. However, we made it farther along the Riverwalk than we did last time. This time we got all the way out of the loop and into the larger section of the river. It was beautiful. Hopefully next time we can take BabyH and walk along some of the main drag of the river, and not just stay underneath.
Just like before there were ducks in the water. I got some pictures of a momma duck with her half grown ducklings. As we headed back along the river, Athena got up close and personal with some of the ducks.
No, she didn't touch them. She just got close while the rest of us took a break on the benches.
Our next stop was Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. We got a double feature - the museum and the 4-D theater. It was cheaper to get the two-for-one package than it was to just pay for the museum. Plus, I'm actually glad we did both.
We went through the museum slowly, letting everyone play with all the things. There were several different displays that revealed sociological history around the world. There were also displays of weird science and facts.
The picture to the right is the spinning tunnel. All three of them had fun in the tunnel. This is another of those places that I really wish that I hadn't been pregnant for. I would have gone through the tunnel. However, there were big signs saying that pregnant women, and people with bad backs should not go through. So neither Will nor I could go, but I got pictures of the kids looking dizzy inside the tunnel.
The 4-D theater was also good. It was down the street by about a door or two. They had showings every ten minutes, and they showed two different movies. The first movie was about some pigs that rode on four wheelers. We were another pig following along. They included sight, sound, movement, and touch. The only thing that was not included was scent. The second movie was sledding down a mountain with some snowmen.
After the movies it was time to eat. We went down to the mall that was on the Riverwalk and ate there. We chose to eat out on the balcony, where we could enjoy the cooling evening. However, it was not late enough. The pigeons were still out in force. They stood just outside of threat range staring while we ate.
It reminded us of The Birds, but after a single reference to it Will kiboshed that avenue of discussion. I was with him. We did not need to call Murphy to our table.
Then we hit the road home. Will did not want to stop in Austin after dark, so we drove straight through. The medicines and steroid injections seem to be working for him; he was not in nearly as much pain as he was the last time we made the drive to and from San Antonio in a single day.
If you would like to see the rest of the pictures from Jonah and Athena's visit then please click on the album below.