Keller Williams Mega Camp 2008 Nelson Chronicle Blog Report #1: Preliminary Planning & Austin Introduction
So you’re planning on attending Keller Williams Mega Camp 2008 in Austin, TX. Excellent choice. The Nelson Project at the Austin SWMC thought you might be interested in a little Austin tutorial before you get here. This tutorial includes some downtown tips, the don’t-miss list, and the Austin-roads-have-3-names visitors confusion advisory.
Most of you will be staying in or near downtown so a few highlights. See next post on 6th Street but we highly recommend 5th and 4th Streets.
We are famous for our Congress Avenue bats,1.5 million of them. Mexican female freetail bats … actually there are approximately 750,000 female who come here every spring, camp under the Congress Avenue bridge over Ladybird Lake (south edge of downtown, it looks like a river and used to be called Town Lake) and each gives birth to one pup for a total of 1.5 million. They go back to Mexico in October. Here’s the cool part … they take flight en masse every evening at dusk and consume 10,000-20,000 pounds of insects per night. It is totally cool. You can walk there from anywhere downtown.
If you have your comfortable shoes on (flip flops are acceptable in Austin), after your bat sighting, keep walking south on Congress and check out SoCo … cool restaurants, bars, antique stores, Jo’s Coffee, The Continental Club. It is Austin cool, trendy, urban, at times weird.
As for Ladybird Lake, the best walking, running, get some fresh air option in Austin. Unless you go to Barton Springs pool (a 5 or 10 minute drive from downtown), an Austin treasure, fresh 69 degree springs in the form of a large natural pool. One of the top-10 natural wonders in Texas. Try to work in a quick dip if you can.
A few other don’t-miss close-to-downtown items:
– live music anywhere, outdoors is best, free is better www.austinlivemusic.com
– The Broken Spoke, best dance hall in town, old and salty, a TX treasure, S. Lamar Street, 10-minute cab
– Whole Foods @ 6th & Lamar, 80,000 sqft … seriously, it’s a tourist attraction
If you have rented a car, this little road advisory may serve you well … we give more that one name to some streets and the signs do not necessarily reflect the name the bellhop gave you. A few in or near downtown that may trip you up:
– 1st Street is also Cesar Chavez (running E-W) but not to be confused with S. 1st that runs N-S south of Ladybird Lake
– South Congress is south of Ladybird Lake, just Congress is downtown (not called North Congress)
– Ladybird Lake recently changed names from Town Lake, or sometimes just called the river … locals still use both as we are not yet fully trained
– 6th Street is 6th Street … east and west meet at Congress
– Bee Cave is 2244
– 360 is Capital of TX Hwy (contrary to its name, it forms a ½ circle west around Austin)
– 183 is Research
– Mopac is Loop 1
– Hwy 71 (the airport) is also Ben White but coincides with Hwy 290 for a while
– IH35 is a mess
Stay tuned for additional Mega Camp posts including:
– 6th Street
– What is South Congress?
– What’s this “Keep Austin Weird” thing?
– Homes For Sale Near Downtown
– What does $200k buy in Austin?
– What does $400k buy in Austin?
– What does $600k buy in Austin?
– Best quotes from Mega Camp … add your own in the commentary section!
Enjoy your stay.
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