June 1, 2009

We Made It To Austin!


As you all know, my girlfriend and I decided to move to Austin this past weekend. The move went really well and we didn’t have any problems along the way. The drive took us about 16 hours total over the course of two days. It was long and boring but at least we made it.

So Long Arizona

Anyways, I wanted to say farewell to Arizona. I lived there for a year and a half and managed to visit the entire state. I saw the Grand Canyon a few times, climbed the tallest mountain in the state, checked out Monument Valley and Lake Powell, and managed to quit my job and started working for myself. It really was an amazing time in Arizona and I am really glad I got to live there. I’m sure I’ll miss it a little bit but it’s time to move on to a new place.

If you would like to read some of my posts from Arizona, feel free to check out the Arizona Archives.

My First Impression Of Austin

Since we both visited Austin about 6 months ago, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect when we got here. The only thing I was worried about is the weather. It’s true that it’s way more humid than Phoenix, but it feels much nicer outside (especially at night). It’s been in the lower 90’s the past few days and it feels great outside. It reminds me a lot of Honolulu which is really surprising.

There are trees and plants everywhere and our complex almost looks like a jungle in the back. We live right along the river which is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. Plus we’re less than a quarter mile from downtown which makes walking/biking super easy. I’m really looking forward to not driving very often.

Love It So Far

After being here 3 days, I can honestly say I love it here. The first night we were here we walked down the street a bit and found an awesome outside bar with live music. Drinks are pretty cheap here, usually around 2-4 bucks a piece. Last night we took a walk downtown and checked out a bar on 6th street that also had live music.

I’m really looking forward to checking out more of the city. Specifically, Barton Springs and the greenbelt. I’m also looking forward to checking out the bats under the Congress bridge which is supposed to be an awesome thing to see. As I explore more of the city, I will be putting up some more posts (with pictures).

A Few More Things To Do

We still have to finish unpacking, get our internet setup, and buy a few more odds and ends before we are done with the move. So it might be a little quiet here on the blog for a few days. I plan on attending a WordPress meetup tomorrow night so I might put a post up about that if I learn some cool things.

So stick around as the next chapter in my life kicks off. Plan on seeing a bunch of new travel adventures and photos over the next few weeks.

12 thoughts on “We Made It To Austin!

  1. Jim Gaudet

    I love bars with live music, especially if there is open mic nights. Sounds like a nice town, look forward to some pics..

    BTW – You should update your Tweetmeme plugin, it will add your twitter to the RT..

  2. Jonathan Lockwood

    Hey Justin! Congrats on the move to one of America’s coolest cities; I’m sure you’ll love it there. Thanks for all your help on getting my blog going, and I’ll probably still call on you from time to time.

  3. Josh

    Congratulations on the successful move Justin. I hope everything goes well for you and your girlfriend. I also just moved in with my girlfriend this week, but we didn’t go across the map, I moved to the next town over.

    Good luck with everything and if you need anything, you know everyone at the 42nd is up for helping you.

  4. La Digue

    Austin sounds like a great place to move to. It can be described as one of America’s coolest place to make the trip to. Congrats for the progress you’ve made during your time in Arizona….

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  7. Reagan

    Congrats on the move to Austin. It’s a great city with a fantastic atmosphere. You’ll find a lot of live music as it’s the live music capitol of the world. You’ll also see a lot of “Keep Austin Weird.” I work for a texas summer camp and we have a shirt that says “Keep Lonehollow Geared.” It’s a pretty big hit with our Austin campers!


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