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Austin, TX: Crash Landing & Tiny Video Tours

Austin, TX: Crash Landing & Tiny Video Tours
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Tiny House Crashing Landing in Austin

We arrived at Chicon Collective at 8pm on Saturday night, tired from the 377 mile drive from Lafayette. Jack, our host, met us there. We had reached out for parking only a few days prior, and Jack graciously offered the Collective. The three of us scouted the location and agreed that the only possible parking spot was located behind the building, in a small lot with a steep driveway.

Ignoring our gut instincts, we backed the house slowly up the steep incline. I watched apprehensively as a crowd started to gather. Guillaume reversed the house slowly uphill, the trailer creaking loudly as it inched backwards.

“For the record, I don’t think this is a good idea,” I said, as the tongue of the trailer scrapped across the pavement. And then we heard a sickening CRUNCH, as our water heater exhaust pipe broke apart underneath our trailer.

So, we gave up and rolled away with our tail between our legs. But the hellish night didn’t end there.

We drove to the nearest campground. FULL. The next nearest. FULL. The time was now 10:30pm, and we were emotionally drained. Guillaume and I drove to Wal-Mart and parked in the back of the lot. We didn’t have electricity, but it didn’t matter. We threw ourselves into our loft, letting our stress melt into the mattress.

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Eddie & Lacey’s Tiny House Tour

The following morning we drove thirty minutes north to park near another tiny house in Georgetown, Texas. Eddie and Lacey’s tiny house isn’t quite finished. They still need a bathroom and kitchen, but they are already living in it, utilizing the campground‘s facilities. Recently they got engaged, so I guess tiny house living has brought them closer together (in more ways than one)!

A quick lunch out with Lacey at Eats on 8th cheered us some, but later that evening an icy rain froze our plans of venturing into Austin. Our porch was covered with a thick layer of slippery glass and was so dangerous I couldn’t step outside without risking a disastrous fall. For the first time, I wished we had a porch post or railing to steady myself.

On top of everything else, Guillaume became sick with a nasty cold. Sadly we had no choice but to huddle inside until our open house the following day. Skipping a night out in Austin, yet again.

The open house went well.  Jack had a keg of beer donated from a local brewery, and about forty attendees bundled up and braved the weather to tour our house. After that, we had to leave Austin and continue west to keep our schedule.

Two Epic Tree House Tours

On our way out of town, we stopped at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours just outside of Austin. Cypress Valley offers zipline tours and tree houses designed by Will Beilharz of ArtisTree available for overnight lodging. The tree houses are absolutely incredible. Well designed, luxurious and unique!

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“The Nest” at Cypress Valley

“The Nest” Tree House

The Nest is a multi-level tree house with a kitchen, butterfly hatchery, outdoor shower, roof garden and so much more! The inspiration behind this tree house came from the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. Can you see it? 

Will designed “The Nest” around a group of Cypress trees, but unfortunately the trees recently perished in a wild fire. Instead of tearing down the dead trees and “The Nest” tree house, Will decided to preserve the cypress tree trunks. He engineered a metal arch with support cables over the cypress trunks and coated the wood with a protective oil to reduce rot and insect damage. In the spring time, the metal arch will support a living canopy made from local plants, re-creating the lush canopy that was once present before the wild fire.

“The Lofthaven” Tree House

Next, The Lofthaven. An elevated yurt-style tree house with a wrap around porch and a huge bald cypress acting as the centerpiece. The tree house was actually built to grow with the tree; now that’s respecting nature. To construct this beautiful yurt in the sky, Will had to zip-line materials into the tree, one by one!

Will is building two more tree houses on the property at Cypress Valley. These new tree houses will be shaped like the leaves from a local tree. Make sure you keep checking ArisTree‘s website to see these new structures.

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Opie’s BBQ

Texas Barbecue

As we headed west, Guillaume and I stopped off at Opie’s BBQ for lunch. We wanted the “Texas Barbecue” experience, and we got it! We choose our meat from a heated barrel, then we picked our sides and sat down at a table with parchment paper for plates.

It was hands down the best barbecue I’ve ever had in my life. How is it I’ve never had Texas BBQ before??? I suppose I’ve thought the same thing dozens of times on this journey so far…

Before this trip, I thought I’d traveled. I thought I knew this country. But I was wrong. 

Up next: We visit a ghostly desert

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28 Comments

  1. March 8, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    why should we give you money are you sick or it is just for your trip, why didn’t you save for this

    • March 8, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      We are healthy and did save for our trip, sold belongings and planned accordingly. Thanks to our fans’ support though, we can go further, explore more and create more content. We could’ve done this whole trip without sharing it too. But our project is not just about us anymore. It’s about sharing a lifestyle and a dream, hopefully inspiring our readers to pursue their passion and think about alternative lifestyles.
      We easily work 60 hour weeks, each, to create the content you read, see, watch and hear on this website. Yes, our work involves exploring beautiful places, tasting food, enjoying local cultures. But we spend just as much time writing, processing photos and creating videos for this blog. We also have to pay for the website domains, equipment, maintenance and software required to keep this website up. It all has a cost and we pay for it with our savings and jobs. If you enjoy about our adventures and tips and feel like you’re getting something out of it, you might feel like contributing, but there is no obligation. You can also contribute for free just by using our Amazon links and watching our videos. It costs you nothing but it helps us in the long run. We just give you the option should you want to help. Or you can just enjoy what we have to share for free, there is no obligation:)

    • Carla Helmer
      April 5, 2015 / 6:49 am

      NC, that was rude. You must not be from Texas.

  2. Kristy Larson
    March 8, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Wow, sorry that is the Austin experience you received!! I am soooo bummed that y’all were here and we missed you. How would I know in the future where you are having open houses? We live between Austin and Gtown in Cedar Park, wanting to join the tiny house movement ourselves, and would have definitely braved the cold to meet u. I hope your journey westward is free of any more bumps, or ice!!! Sincerely, Kristy Larson

  3. Wayne Janca
    March 6, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Hope y’all are coming through Midland, TX. Would love to meet you and treat you to dinner. This is oil field – pump Jacks and stickers, and lots of sand. But a great bunch of Americans!

    Love to meet you.

    Thank you,

    Wayne

    • Wayne Janca
      March 6, 2015 / 10:11 pm

      By the way – using your Amazon link to order. Thanks much, hope we bless you.

      Wayne

  4. Sue
    March 6, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    OMG! I used to live & work in Georgetown, TX! Small world! And Austin was always SO much fun!

  5. dhowardgreer
    March 6, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Hi folks! Just a quick question. Would it also help you if I purchased textbooks for school from Amazon? Just wondering. If so, I really need to click on your link. Thanks and safe travels. Debbie

    • March 6, 2015 / 6:25 pm

      Yeah, thanks for asking! As long as you do your shopping right after clicking on our link, you’re good 🙂

  6. Leigh Jackson
    March 6, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Good to see your starting to add a blooper to the vids. I was thinking that it might be more professional sounding to end your vids with your site name.

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