School starts, September comes, bringing fall and cooler temperatures. In South Texas, that means it’s in the 80’s if we are lucky. If we aren’t, it’s still in the 90’s. Whatever. It’s September and therefore I will start planning more outdoor activities. It’s too freaking hot in the summer to do much outside that doesn’t involve water.
We were trying to think of something to do the other weekend. My son suggested Kickapoo Caverns. I mapped it and it’s three hours away, so I vetoed that and suggested Inner Space Caverns. Half the drive time, which would also take us pass Steak n’ Shake and we don’t pass up opportunities like that. Inner Space Caverns is north of Austin, right outside of Georgetown, so we made a day of it.
First of all, it’s an adorable town. I have a weird thing for courthouses. I like all the big, impressive architecture and the Willamson County courthouse is in Georgetown. The town square around it is full of cute shops and boutiques. We happened to be there on the Second Saturday Market Day, which obviously is the second Saturday of each month. The town square is closed to traffic and full of vendors. I did manager to find street parking and I didn’t even have to parallel park. I got really good at that in Okinawa, but moving back to America and driving a much larger vehicle, I’ve lost the ability.
We stopped at the visitor’s center and had lunch at Burger University. I have a 12 year old who could exist on burgers. He is all about red meat. I can no longer eat red meat thanks to my liver hating me, but I had a good grilled cheese.
After lunch, we walked down to the Williamson Museum. It’s in the old Farmer’s State Bank Building, right across from the courthouse. Admission is free. While not a large museum, it’s full of the counties history and interactive for the kids. If you go to the museum, you won’t be able to miss Three Legged Willie out front. Willie is actually Robert McAlpin Williamson and the county is named after him. An illness as a teenager caused his right leg to bend at the knee and wasn’t able to support him. He then had a wooden leg to help support him, giving him three legs.
Our last stop was the Inner Space Caverns. I never knew Texas had so many caves. This one was discovered in the 60’s when they were building I-35. It doesn’t really have the large rooms that other caves seem to have, but there’s still a lot to see. It’s about a half mile down and back.
Then it was just a stop at Steak n’ Shake and back home.