Texas Hill Country

Last week, I took a trip to the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country. It’s such a beautiful part of the country!

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I started by flying into Austin, one of my favorite airports to fly into. The picture above shows one of the baggage claims at the airport. How can you not enjoy getting your luggage when the baggage claim looks like that?

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Next, I drove to Marble Falls, west of Austin. The town sits on Lake Marble Falls and has a great Main Street filled with local shops and restaurants.

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I spent most of my time in Texas working, but I had Sunday off so I drove about 45 minutes to nearby Llano, Texas.

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I stopped at Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ for lunch, where I picked up some brisket and sides. The lines were long but it’s worth the wait! It’s also a little different than most of the BBQ restaurants I’ve been to. Instead of ordering at a main counter, you pick your meat directly from the fire pit, with the help of the pit master. Next, you grab your sides (potato salad, coleslaw, pie, etc.), pay, then find a seat at one of the long family-style tables. There’s also quite a bit of taxidermy on the walls to admire as you eat.

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I walked off my lunch by looking around downtown Llano.

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Sorry wagon wheel bench…you look lovely, but I must continue walking off my lunch.

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That night, I saw an amazing sunset over Lake Marble Falls. I was sad to leave a couple days later, but hopefully I can head back soon. As you might know, I actually started Midwestern Belle during a trip to Texas in 2011 – as a way to share pictures and stories from the Lone Star State – so it’s kind of my “satellite office” you know šŸ˜‰

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