To arrive in Austin by road requires you to drive through the world outside, a ring of fields and farms, suburban strip malls, and small town America. Austin is the capital city of the state that may be opening the road to the repeal of Roe versus Wade, a law change that has the news people all aquiver. On the ground such esoterica matter not that much when planning a visit to a city renowned for its food and music qualities. Austin is where we wanted to eat barbecue, listen to live music and perhaps even sit outdoors and drink local beer. Decadence personified.
We were busy unloading the loot I brought back to Butler Metro Park when a woman appeared on the doorway asking if we knew whether the Dougherty Arts center next door was open. We admitted our outsider status, houseless van dwellers in a permanent population of the park's unhoused. She was fascinated by us living happily in or tiny space and admitted she wanted to get her husband interested. He's an engineer so my suggestion was to get him worked up about designing the systems he wanted. Engineers over think things by their nature and giving them a problem to solve hooks them usually. At least it did among the sailing community its we used to navigate amongst. Candace, a native of San Diego, was shyly enthusiastic about her home of five years and you can see why. She is an oil painter by inclination and you can see her work on Instagram @livelyvibesdesigns.