We left our beachfront hotel near Corpus and headed north using country highways rather than the freeway. We enjoyed seeing some smaller towns. Most of the towns that we drove through seem economically depressed while the cities seem to be booming. The area around Austin is an example. If you drive fifteen miles east of the city, you are in a cowtown with hardly a new building in the last five years. If you drive fifteen miles west in the hill country you are in upscale suburbun towns with new contruction everywhere. Esther and I checked into a real motel in the early afternoon and went to check out the capital grounds. It is all done in true Texas style, bigger than everybody else. After a Texan barbecue we drove out to Lake Travis. We will be enjoying air-conditioned sleep tonight.