Adios al Verano

September 6, 2016

This Labor Day was hands down the most relaxing and perfect weekend to end the summer season. My weekend was made up of spending quality time with close friends and taking a day trip to Austin.

Originally, I was going to spend the day at Canyon Lake, but the rainy weather scared me off. I refused to spend the last day of the holiday weekend indoors, so I packed my water bottle and sunscreen and headed up to Mayfield Park.

Mayfield Park is a West Austin park located near the ever-popular Mount Bonnell. This park is home to TONS of free roaming peacocks, and they are unbelievably friendly. Aside from the beautiful wildlife that call this park their home, you can find a beautiful garden (with lily-padded ponds, turtles, and a variety of fish) and a winding trail. On top of this park being heaven-sent, the weather stayed at a steady 86 degrees the entire time!

I'm not going to lie, the peacocks were definitely my favorite part (I had never been so close to them before.) So, I may or may not have gone a little overboard with the pictures (okay a lot overboard - I took 142 pictures, but lucky for you I narrowed it down.)

There was definitely something so peaceful about the beautiful garden and trails throughout the park, as well. Even though there were multiple families and visitors at the park, the garden was basically silent (it was borderline magical.) I can completely see why so many couples have their wedding portraits done at this location.

Can we talk about the trails? There are basically two trails at Mayfield Park: one that winds down towards a beautiful lake and one that loops back to the front of the park. Of course, I was not prepared for an afternoon of hiking (wearing a thin pair of gladiator sandals), but the trails were doable in spite of my unfortunate decision in footwear. The best part, in my opinion, was the enormous amount of greenery and shade - I serious felt like I was in the Jungle Book. I definitely am planning on coming back someday very soon and exploring the rest of the park (as well as Mount Bonnell - which is practically right next door.)

Of course, no Labor Day celebration is complete without some top-quality BBQ. And, nothing beats Salt Lick as far as I'm concerned.

Pros of amazing BBQ restaurants: the amazing BBQ. Cons of amazing BBQ restaurants: the food is so good, there is no time for before pictures.

Honestly, I don't think I could have planned a better goodbye to summer weekend, even if I tried.

What are some of the things you did during Labor Day weekend?

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