A graffiti park recently opened up in Austin near the Baylor St. and 12th St. It is called the Hope Outdoor Gallery. We thought we would go have a look.
I was impressed that we did not see any profanity painted on the walls. There was a little shop that rented rollers, ladders, and sold paint and spray paint. There were several people painting while we were there. We asked the kids if they wanted to paint anything on the walls but they said they did not want to cover up the artwork that was already there.
The castle building at the top of the hill made a neat back-drop. The incline was too steep for the kids to climb safely all the way to the top. There was a man in need of rescue blocking the path to the top. There were 8 uniformed rescue workers trying to figure out how to slide him down the hill with a tarp and rope pulley system. They had placed a splint on one of his legs. There were able to get him down and into an ambulance before we left.
The kids were really interested in seeing all of the paintings. Boogs had his own camera to take pictures. It was really neat to see what caught his interest.
Our next stop was a visit to the BIG TOP CANDY SHOP on South Congress. Yes, it does have to be capitalized. The kids asked all morning when we were going to get there.
The walls in the shop are covered with neat circus-style signs, instruments, and taxidermied animals. Here is Boogs standing in front of a bear holding on to a selection of honey sticks.
We told the kids they could not eat their candy until after we had lunch. We went to Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Back in the day (oh my goodness it was 20+ years ago) I used to go eat at Magnolia Cafe at 2 a.m. after the dance clubs closed. It was one of only a few restaurants that were open 24 hours a day.
This post is linked to: