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Café & Boat Dock?

This place is a genuine Austin tradition dating back to 1953 – that’s 67 years, y’all. Owned by the founding family, Dry Creek Café & Boat Dock is a cash-only beer joint throwback in time. Sometimes they have live music but never any café food and no boat dock that anyone I know has ever seen.  Downstairs you’ll find an old pool table and an amazing jukebox that plays 45’s like Bing Crosby singing “Hey Jude”, “Oh Lonesome Me” by Don Gibson, “Poke Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White and “Last Dance” by Floyd Cramer.

Upstairs is one large room and an open deck. It’s not fancy. It’s not clean. But it’s old, funky, weird Austin and a great casual place to have a cold beer and visit with friends. (Located on Mount Bonnell Rd.)


Mystery Photo Clue - June 2020

"It's all Top Notch!"

Top Notch is OPEN! With so many iconic Austin restaurants closing, we are very thankful this tradition is continuing since 1971! Some of us have been going there about that long.

Top Notch Hot Rod Drive-In Nights usually happens on the first Saturday of each month with live music, vintage cars and/or a movie shown on this giant TV painted on the wall. Hopefully this tradition can kick back up soon. In the meantime, drive up and order at their carhop, call ahead, order online, or have it delivered right to your door!

7525 Burnet Rd., ATX

Mystery Photo Clue - May 2020


Avenue B Grocery in the Hyde Park neighborhood is a true Austin throwback! Built in 1909 and maintained by it’s 10th owner, it is Austin’s oldest continuously operated grocery store (that’s 111 years, folks). Their eclectic selections range from sandwiches to t-shirts to Brie cheese to toy airplanes. And you can sit a spell under the pecan-shaded picnic tables!


Mystery Photo 2 Clue - April 2020

"Keeping Austin


A rock wall in a downtown Austin alley hosts an eclectic array of embedded objects.


  1. coffee cups

  2. a bathroom space heater

  3. a soap dish

  4. a giant cigarette butt

  5. a cast rabbit

  6. a sculpture

  7. the manhole cover

  8. a tire iron

  9. the checkerboard

  10. a tombstone 

Can you find:

Mystery Photo Clue I - April 2020

"living history"

The present San Geronimo, or St. Jerome, Chapel (Taos Pueblo Church) was completed in 1850 to replace the original church which was destroyed in the War with Mexico by the U.S. Army in 1847. It sits on the grounds of the Pueblo village, whose area has been inhabited close to 1000 years. The  northern New Mexican architecture, colors and history really take you to a different place in time!

Mystery Photo Clue - March 2020


Tena and I like to drive around central Texas, looking for cool things to photograph. We came across an abandoned cotton gin a few years ago which looked virtually untouched for decades. It was as if the workers clocked out one day and never came back. Everything was still in place, guarded only by a buzzard that lived in the roof. This electrical panel has transformed from function to something more resembling mixed media art. So cool!

Mystery Photo Clue - January 2020

"a Happy accident"

Famous words from Bob Ross

Sometimes the artist's palette becomes a work of art. Sometimes it's even more interesting than the painting itself. When I was a child I inherited all of my great Aunt Eve's art supplies and drawing books. I actually used to hang her old wooden paint palette on my wall. She was always a little eccentric and mysterious (she had one green glass eye). I would imagine her with her long red hair up in a wad, her cigarette dangling from one of those holders...painting some wealthy dignitary's portrait while they sipped on expensive champagne and discussed trips to faraway lands. 

The closer I looked at this watercolor tray the more intrigued I became. I even wanted to paint the paint.  But alas...I got the camera out instead. Just looking at this again is stirring something creative inside me. 

Mystery Photo Clue - February 2020

"Oh Galveston"


A few years ago Jim and I headed out to Galveston Island for a little pre-paid vacation. The weatherman said 99% chance of rain. We went anyway. No one else showed up. It did rain in the morning but then the sun came out and we had The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier almost completely to ourselves. 

So fun!

Mystery Photo Clue - Dec. 2019

"Rear window"


This is the rear window in one of the most famous places in the world –

Café du Monde in New Orleans.

Here a chef is at work creating beignets. So what appeared to be snow in the clue could actually be…

flour and powdered sugar goodness?

Mystery Photo Clue - Nov. 2019

"New Day"

Lake Austin still has a few secret places away from the hustle-n-bustle.

A place where you can go to

catch your breath 




soak in the serenity.

Taken at the bottom of Steiner Ranch.

Mystery Photo Clue - Oct

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