Funny Things Happened on the Way to Austin

A Room with a View at the Hyatt Regency Austin

A Room with a View at the Hyatt Regency Austin

Austin, Texas is one of those places known as “cool”. Austin has always been a cool place to be, whether you are a college student or a Texas politician *(it is the capitol of Texas). It is also a vibrantly active city. The river runs right through downtown (*but it is known as Town Lake, or Lady Bird Lake) and nature exists right in the heart of the city. People are jogging, paddle boarding, kayaking, walking…and there are dogs with their owners. Like I said, a very cool town.

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Car trouble? Look on the bright side!

My husband and I drove down to Austin yesterday to visit with our son while our daughter and her friends are having her “bachelorette” weekend at Lake Travis, only an hour away. Coincidentally, our daughter’s car full of young women left Dallas about the same time we did. Lucky for them!

I received a call about 20 miles north of Temple, Texas from my niece who was in the car. “Tam, the air conditioning just suddenly went out. It’s not cold air.” Uh oh. That may not sound like a tragedy to people living in more temperate climes, but in Texas it is a calamity! They were driving an older Escalade, so I called the Cadillac dealership in Temple and arranged to meet the girls there.

Hanging with the young women!

Hanging with the young women!

They needed a new compressor. Did they have the part? No. Could they get the part? Yes. They really went out of their way at Garlyn Shelton Cadillac to help us! We spent 2 and a half hours with the young women (it is hard not to call them girls even though they are in their late twenties…a sure sign of advancing age) and we just laughed and said it’s another Minton adventure. Life is full of the unexpected, and since the unexpected seems to be the norm in my world, we just flow with it.

We ended up late to meet my son for dinner, and we were even later to our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Austin (the view is AMAZING!). We met our son at a delicious sandwich place called the Noble Sandwich Co. which has been featured on Food Network. Delicious? Oh yes, and we were very hungry!

Great meal! They even have a Knuckle Sandwich

Great meal! They even have a Knuckle Sandwich. Seriously.

So off to the Hyatt where our room awaited, and the view sparkled from our window. I know I am going to enjoy this stay!



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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at

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  1. Never a dull moment in your family. Never. Not one!

  2. Barbara Free says:

    There is always a “Minton” adventure right around the corner 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend in Austin !! Glad to hear the car got fixed.

  3. Hi Tam! Have a wonderful time in Austin with your family and the “girls!” I too love Austin and enjoyed a great vacation there. Have fun and I look forward to more photos. ~Kathy
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  4. Murph says:

    So funny! How are the newlyweds? Hope u have a nice stay! Love that hotel!
    XO murph

  5. Kimba says:

    Excellent call on the A/C – as a Florida gal I absolutely understand the necessity of cold air on a road trip!!
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  6. Life is full of calamities that have a good view- am I right?
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  7. Ellen Dolgen says:

    There are always some hiccups along our travels, but they always enrich the memories. Looks like you and your family had so much fun! I love Austin…..

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