We are back from our adventure on the other side of Austin and the annual company dinner for Hubby's job. We had dinner at a place called the Oasis. The food was okay. Not really up to the standards of past company dinners, but good by the Oasis standard if that makes any sense. One doesn't really go to the Oasis for the food, but for the view. It is a series of terraces built into the cliff on the edge of Lake Travis in the Hill Country. The main event is the sunset. Even though the dinner was inside in the dining area, most of us gravitated to the outside to watch the sun go down. Dinner didn't start until the sun set.
Here was the view from our room at the Four Seasons. The lake is Lady Bird Lake. It used to be called Town Lake, but after Lady Bird Johnson died, it was renamed. I always forget and call it Town Lake.
There is a hike and bike trail around the lake. It is a popular place anytime of the week, but weekends, it is especially busy. Not only serious runners and bikers, but families out for a weekend outing and occasionally lovers looking for a bit of solitude.The picture below, is a shot of the outside restaurant, where we had breakfast. Sitting outside just lured me further ,to investigate all the flowers and plantings.
The Hibiscus below were bigger than my hand, and the honeybees were busy collecting pollen.
The petunias in front of the cactus in the shot below, were riddled with holes from the naughty little squirrels digging in the mulch, burying acorns, and pulling up plants. Just beyond the petunias and cactus, was a bed of mint. As I walked, I caught a whiff of mint on the breeze.
There were several hammocks situated around the grounds, just beckoning. If only I had more time and a good book to take advantage. I tried to get a shot of three children in one of the hammocks. But sadly, they rolled out before I could get my camera turned on.
We were so rested and relaxed from our trip away, without going away, that we canceled all our plans for the rest of the day and just took it easy. We get so caught up in all the things that have to get done, and the plans for what we want to get done, that we just don't take the time to relax. This was a golden opportunity to change gears. We felt like we were a million miles away from home and I told DH that we got away and didn't have to worry about missing flights or lost luggage. It was a perfectly lovely time.