Ryno and I have learned that our perception of far away and the average Austinite's perception of far away are two very different things. We attribute it to all of those years we spent in Atlanta and learning quickly never to drive unnecessarily between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM. Otherwise, you may have the misfortune of sitting in traffic for two hours when you are only trying to get to the South end of town. Austin, however, is the opposite. We still run into bad traffic during rush hour, but when we found out we could cross from one end of town to the other in about 15 minutes on an average day we were giddy. Still when people tell us Lake Travis is way out there, we stop and think better of losing our day to driving so far away with no other purpose than just checking the lake out. Fortunately, we had all day Sunday to make the trip, so we piled in the car after lunch and drove West until we ran into the lake. It is gorgeous! It also took us no more than 30 minutes, and when we arrived we couldn't conceal our excitement that again to us this was not so far away.
The lake felt like the Mediterranean to me the way the hills surround the water, and the water is such a perfect blue. I managed to snap a photo of the flock of sailboats on the lake.