Sunday, August 12, 2007

One of those wholesome family days

So even though it was like a bazillion degrees here in lovely Austin, Texas today, los Holmeses managed to get out to Zilker Park early and catch the Zilker Zephyr. Catching the train isn't really that impressive of an accomplishment since it runs every half hour or so, but the fact that we made it down there several hours before noon is really quite amazing.

I hereby decree that all cities should have a park with a train that the kids can ride. It really should be recognized for the urban necessity that it is, like utilities and public transit. Henry had a good time watching the park go by, and waving at all the folks big and small, even the guitar-harmonica dude that apparently just stands at a particular bend in the track waiting for the train to pass so he can play a quick tune for the passengers as they go by. With every group of human beings that we passed, Henry pointed and excitedly informed me that they were, in fact, "People! People!"

After the train, we let little dude chase a few pigeons around, then run wild on the playground for a bit to burn off some of that crazy baby energy. I'm one of those dads who would often like to be right there on the playground equipment with the kiddos, but they're usually so crowded with, you know, other people's kids that I'm paranoid about barreling one of them over with my clumsy self while running for the monkey bars. Today though, even though there were a lot of kids at the park, there were surprisingly few actually on the playground, which I took as license to get up on it.

On the way out, I just had to get a picture of Henry on Philosopher's Rock. Three old dudes sitting around hashing out the meaning of existence. If I have my way, that's exactly the kind of old dude I'll grow into.















8 comments:

Dan said...

Nothing quite like a park.

Whit said...

Sounds like you're almost there.

Island Girl said...

Henry saying "People! People!" is very cute. You know what they say. People who need people, are the luckiest people...

Jonathon Morgan said...

We are big fans of the Zephyr

Dana said...

I miss the Zilker train and the climbing rocks by the soccer fields. All in all, I just miss Austin period.

Morgan said...

Ah, Austin in August. Can't get any hotter than that! Unless it's Death Valley in July. Whew. Aren't children the best! You're truly blessed. Take care.

Rattling The Kettle said...

You know, reading this post makes me seriously question the wisdom of telling the wife that Austin would be a do-able spot for her next postdoc gig. At least until they invent the portable air conditioner suit.

radioactive girl said...

I love this post! What a wonderful day!