Our friends have retired to a beautiful community in Lago Vista, Texas. They built a gorgeous home on the edge of Lake Travis with stunning views. My friend's daughter is an interior decorator so this home is a real show stopper, beautifully appointed down to the tiniest detail. We had the entire downstairs to ourselves which consisted of 2 bedrooms, an office, 2 baths, and a den--all overlooking the lake.
To say that we did not want to return to our humble home is an understatement. Although that little taste of luxury was intoxicating, I don't know if I could handle the upkeep on a home like that. Or the taxes. I like to keep things simple. Still...this lifestyle is very tempting...
|Views from the 2nd floor balcony|
|Turkey vultures are in abundance there.|
|We dined at the famous Oasis restaurant. Trying to eat chips and hot sauce in 100 degree temps|
is not as fun as it might sound.
|The Oasis has hundreds, maybe thousands of these umbrellas, but they did little to shield us|
from the intensity of the sun's glare. I think I lost a couple of pounds that night.
|All of us have been to Italy so we pretended that we were dining on the Amalfi Coast.|
It was easy to imagine. I wish this picture had come out better, but you get the idea.
|Besides turkey vultures, there were plenty of these. I think it's a grackle. This was shot at The Gnarly Gar, a restaurant that sits on the water. It is clear that these birds have come to expect a steady diet of Gnarly Gar fare from clumsy and/or generous patrons.The restaurant rocks back and forth as boats and jet skis go by, and made me a little sea sick.|