In April, we blew our entertainment budget for two months, which was a lot of fun. But, in order to stay on track financially, we’re rebounding by declaring this “Free Month May.” On Thursdays and Saturdays (my husband’s days off), we are finding creative activities, packing a lunch, and enjoying what Austin, Texas, graciously offers for FREE!
This week, we went to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, about an hour drive from Austin. Our wonderful former president had the foresight to plan for young couples like us, who would make family declarations of financial freedom. So, with much wisdom, LBJ made his own pronouncement – his park would have no admission fee.
We were warmly welcomed at the visitor’s center and given maps and a free CD, which we used on the driving tour of this park. One of the highlights is a living history farm, where kids (and new Texans) can feed animals and learn what life was like on a farm in 1915, without electricity and running water.
When our tummies began to grumble, we pulled up to the picnic area, which had beautiful stone picnic tables and grills. While eating ham sandwiches, we watched horses and buffalo graze. We pointed out the amazing animals to our daughter and tried to explain that once millions of buffalo roamed the land we were now enjoying. A sobering reminder of the human impact on the animal world.
The day ended with our “I can do it!” toddler showing us how far she could climb up a fence. Her daddy had to remind me that it’s important to let the kid explore. But, we both laughed, then intervened when she had enough grit to challenge the barbed wire.
Yeah, we blew our budget for May ahead of time, and we’re trying to be responsible enough to get back on track. But, I gotta admit finding free stuff to do in Austin is darn good fun!