We recovered from our month of life madness by exploring the Texas wine trail this weekend, enjoying the offerings of a half-dozen area vineyards. The weather was lovely and sunny and it was our first drive through Hill Country, a much-loved area near Austin and San Antonio, and only a four-hour-ish drive from Houston. We stocked up on wine and enjoyed the spectacle of Texans embracing their natural habitat.
We were a little late booking a place to stay, so instead of using a classic hotel, we used the company AirBnB to book a room which turned out to be in a private home. It was my first time using AirBnB, and while it was generally a positive experience, I also learned a lot in the process.
Our bed was comfy, and our hosts very friendly, treating us more like friends than guests. We were entertained by their sweet blind dog, and their multiple rescue birds (who did not sleep inside the house, thankfully). I was grateful to not see any tarantulas or scorpions, which apparently are not uncommon in those parts. We did see some deer in the backyard, along with a neighborhood cat, and we enjoyed their outdoor fireplace on their big stone porch before going to bed on Saturday night.
We had breakfast in a little town called Wimberley, and I was very entertained by this little business we saw near their town square.