Scenes from Saturday

Hello, there! How was your weekend?

Ours was great! Stephen and I spent most of Sunday running errands around town and furniture shopping; we crossed “rug” and “sofa” off our never-ending list for the new house. I don’t have any photos from Sunday, nor would anyone want to see pictures of Lazyboy and Lowes, but I have plenty of shots to share from Saturday’s adventures.

Portland scenery lobster salad and Bar Harbor by night

No, I’m not in Maine. I wish! My parents are cruising the New England coast this week, enjoying crisp fall weather and lobster rolls for lunch. They’ve been sending me picture updates, and seeing them wearing long sleeves and fleece vests left me aching for some seasonal fun of my own. Thus, on Saturday, Stephen and I set out to find the apple orchard I’d heard about in nearby Llano.

After an hour of driving, we were disappointed to learn that warm winters are a bad thing for fall apple harvests. The orchard only produced 30% of normal levels this year. When we arrived, the early harvest had already been picked over, and the late season varieties wouldn’t be ripe for another few weeks. Not all was lost. They still had plenty of apple pie for sale, and the owner was very friendly and welcoming.

With pie in the tank and an afternoon to kill, we decided to drive another ten minutes to Enchanted Rock for a quick hike.

Hokie on Turkey Peak

VT Hokie on Turkey Peak, how fitting 🙂

Hill-Country-View

Hill-Country-View

Neat boulder at Enchanted Rock State Park

Lone slab stone at Enchanted Rock

One of the things I love most about Enchanted Rock are the random boulders everywhere. They’re always in such silly positions. This one looks like it wants to go sledding.

Climbing at Enchanted Rock

Silly pose on Turkey Peak in Enchanted Rock

East Loop Trail Enchanted Rock Park

We left the park before 6:00 and made it back to Austin just in time for the PRIDE Parade along Congress Avenue and 4th Street.

DJs warm up the crowd on 4th Street for the Gay Pride Parade

Spectators of the Gay Pride Parade on Congress Avenue

Royal Blue Grocery provided snacks for our curbside picnic dinner. I love that store; it fueled me through SXSW 2012.

Right after sunset, police officers shoved aside barricades and the parade began.

Motorcycle rally leads the Austin Gay Pride Parade

Whole Foods Austin shows support for LGBT community in Austin

Rainbow-Float-Austin-Gay-Pride

EMS crew in Austin shows gay pride

Seashell-Car-Gay-Pride-Parade

Crazily decorated car at the Gay Pride Parade

Venus Envy at the Gay Pride Parade in Austin

Crazy balloons in Parade on Congress

We had SUCH a blast. The floats and costumes were really creative, and it was wonderful to see so many groups and organizations come out to show their PRIDE and support. I really liked the “Organic Love” theme of the Whole Foods float, and Venus Envy is just about the best name I’ve ever heard for a ladies clothing store.

Awesome parade and awesome weekend. Have a great Monday!

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