Key West has got nuthin’ on Austin. There’s a sunset party every night atop Austin’s highest perch, Mt. Bonnell, that’s free, easy, family-friendly, pooch-friendly and BYOB (Brew) or BYOP (Pot) or BYOC (Camera) or BYOW (Whatever), because that’s the way Austin rolls—and has rolled ever since Major General George Custer, his wife Libby, and the Sixth Cavalry Regimental Band climbed the summit to picnic and play in 1866.
Looking west along the Lower Colorado River, the sun sets in the distance over the Pennybacker Bridge (known to the locals as the 360 Bridge); looking to the east, the Austin boomtown towers rise up to compete with a peak that’s 775 feet above sea level, and that’s clearly been popular for more than a century-and-a-half. ♣
- Surprised Custer had command of Mt. Bonnell? So was I. Read more about that HERE.
- Find out more about living life large in Austin, Texas HERE.
- For a slideshow of Austin landmarks, take a look at my Vanishing Austin series HERE.
- See more iPhonegraphy featuring nature at Lens and Pens by Sally, HERE.
- Photo notes: My panorama image was made with my iPhone 5s and edited with Photo fx Ultra.
- How the Vanishing Austin project began
- The 99+ photographs in the Vanishing Austin series
- More articles in Vanishing Austin blog series
- The Endangered Species of Austin