Blazer Tag | Austin, Texas

It’s unlike any laser tag. Walking into the face of laser assault to the senses. There are over 60 video games, air hockey tables, skeeball and all you can name. The newest addition to Blazer Tag is having an indoor ropes challenge courses called Austin Sky Trail that looms above while patrons play video games. It was the old theatre which has been converted and transformed into the largest tag arena in the state of Texas.

The Southwood Theatre was built as a single screen seating 868 by Trans-Texas Theatres. It was opened February 17, 1967 with Maurice Chevalier in “Monkey’s, Go Home!”. It had 1,000 seats. It was twinned in 1974 and acquired by AMC. In 1989 it changed ownership again becoming part of the Presidio Theatres. The building is a striking one with the exterior in a light colored limestone brick. A corner entrance to the theatre with an awning running around from the entrance down the side of the building. Since closing in 1996, it has had retail outlets in the gutted theatre one of which was a laser tag operation.

Thomas Maione and his wife, Diana,opened Blazer Tag Adventure Center in February 1999 in the former Southwood Theatre. Since then, Thomas has continued improving the facility with additions like a redemption prize counter, new video games, new bridges in the arena, – all to keep the experience fresh and exciting. He’s also hired and trained an outstanding staff to be knowledgeable and courteous and do whatever it takes to make each visit to Blazer Tag a memorable one! His and the staff’s goal is to continue to improve the facility and the quality of service for our guests!

It’s located at 1701 West Ben White Blvd in the Southwood Center.

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Treaty Oak | Austin, Texas

The Treaty Oak is the last surviving member of the Council Oaks. Since the 1880s, the tree had been privately owned by the Caldwell family. In 1937 the City of Austin purchased the land for $1,000 and installed a plaque honoring the tree’s role in Texas history.

In 1989, in an act of deliberate vandalism, the tree was poisoned with the powerful hardwood herbicide. DuPont, the herbicide manufacturer, established a $10,000 reward to capture the poisoner. The vandal, Paul Cullen, was apprehended after reportedly bragging about poisoning the tree as a means of casting a spell. Cullen was convicted of felony criminal mischief and sentenced to serve nine years in prison.

Although arborists expected the tree to die, the Treaty Oak survived. However, almost two-thirds of the tree died and more than half of its crown had to be pruned.

Today the tree is a thriving, but as a lopsided reminder of its once-grand form. Many Texans see the Treaty Oak today as a symbol of strength and endurance.

You can park on the street, sometimes, you will need to pay a meter.  It’s at 507 Baylor Street.  Austin, Texas.

By the way, I went through the garage parking area outside and I didn’t realize that the bar that hung up the entrance, above my truck camper was a little shorter and it smashed my roof vent.  Sheesh.  I had to replace it a few days later.  Just beware of the “lower than I expected” bars.  It was at 6″9′ and that was not enough.  Now I know I will go through, with flying colors,  more than 7″4′ or above from now on.  🙂

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Row. Row. Row.

The 50-foot-tall structure  is composed of roughly 75 boats, suspended from a steel framework by a mass of cables. The sculpture, outside the Hackerman Building, looms over the corner of Speedway and 24th Street and features canoes jutting out at all angles.

The piece, called “Monochrome for Austin,” was designed as part of a larger collection by a female artist, Nancy Rubins.  “We are definitely very proud that this is our first commissioned art by a female artist, and, in a lot of ways, she is a powerhouse of the public art world,” Nobel said. “She’s done a lot of amazing art around the world.”

A portion of the boats used in “Monochrome” were damaged boats donated by boating rental companies, according to Nick Nobel, external affairs coordinator for Landmarks. The rest of the boats were bought specifically for the project.

Norman Hackerman Building, University of Austin campus
100 East 24th Street


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The Deer Sculpture…NOT!

When I was “strolling” through the roads in Salado, I saw the deer on the edge. I thought it was the sculpture until he moved, I jumped off my seat a little bit!  He spooked me so good!

Damn him.

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Old Bicycle Fence | Salado, Texas

I always have wanted to show you that there is a fence that holds many old bicycles about 14 of them are tied to.  I saw them way back in May 2011.  I came back last Thursday and checked if they were still there.  Yes, the attraction is still intact!!


It’s located at 194 North Main Street, Salado, Texas.  Visit the cool attraction there.

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Salado Sculpture Garden | Salado, Texas

While I was looking for Sirena the Indian Mermaid,  I just drove through the roads looking for some vintage stuff at the houses and businesses, admiring the old feeling look.  I happened to spot the sculpture garden.  I had to stop by and take a look.   Sirena was still in my mind so I was looking for her there at no avail.  However, the art in the garden were fascinating.  All of the pieces are created by Salado artists and other local community members.  The park was really inviting with its open space and an easy path for you to walk on as you made your way through the garden. We can have the opportunity to touch the art and take those photos, or even sit down in the park and have a picnic with family.

The Sock Monkey | Joe Barrington that greets you when you first walk in.

Marvin the Moose | Johnny Shipman

Handicapped Mask | Troy Kelley

QR Code | Troy Kelley

I have to apologize that I hadn’t taken some pictures of the artist’s name and titles of each sculpture. Many of the pieces are for sale – granted many of them can cost $5,000, $7,500 and even up to $25,000. But from reading the artist’s title and thinking how this piece can pertain to your life  whether it makes you think of something to remind you of. You can experience the park so much more when you realize how special these pieces can be.

I visited for approximately 45 minutes  that was adequate time to appreciate the sculptures. After spending time at the garden, I had to go to the place to ask the employee where Serina was. I learned that Serina the Indian Mermaid was sculpted by Troy Kelley!   I was given some paper instructions where to locate her.  I went off hunting.

You can follow the “Legend of Serina”……

Salado Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of Salado at 113 Salado Plaza Drive.  It is open every day and free to the public.

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The Legend of Sirena


I heard about the legend in Salado, Texas.  I missed it on my last road trip back in May 2011.  I didn’t remember if I ever saw the mermaid in the Salado creek then.  I investigated a little bit about Sirena and found out that she was moved somewhere at a undisclosed location.  I was disappointed.

I heard there was a Salado Sculpture Garden a few weeks ago and I decided a “go see it” the place.  I didn’t find Sirena there however I took some pictures at the garden anyway. I came to the place where the employees worked. I asked the employee about Sirena.  He smiled and drew out a map on paper.  I found out that Sirena was there all right near the Salado creek.  I drove back and checked Sirena out.  There she is!  Where Sirena used to reside along with the creek, she moved to the location, high and dry, away from the creek, across the Main street bridge on the left at Pace Park.
What is Sirena about?

“She is an Indian maiden who despaired of winning the love of a certain brave. A magic fish in the creek promised to help her win her man if she would agree to spend one night a month in the creek as the fish’s mate. She agreed, time went on, till one night when (in her mermaid guise) she was caught on a fisherman’s hook. As she was trying to remove the hook from her tail her human husband saw her and was angry, rejecting her and leaving her with a broken heart.”

It’s located at 380 South Main Street in Salado, Texas.  It’s GPS location: 30.943482, -97.537478

Check out on Salado Sculpture Garden next…..

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