Luckily, out of the dozens of things I could have done while staying Austin, I made the decision to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. There was not a lot in bloom, but there was still a whole lot to see. Wind chimes with a deep, slow ring greeted me near a small pond at the entrance, which led into a courtyard strung with lights. After ogling some Lace Cactus, I followed a path through a meadow and then into the woods, where more wind chimes were hung high in the trees, ringing in the slight breeze. I explored a partially walled garden, climbed a tower with a garden on top, and sat near a small stream winding through a grove of trees. I also checked out part of the Hill Country trails, wide gravel paths that lead you through grassland and into small groves of oaks. It was a completely relaxing place to spend part of a day, so close to the city, but truly its own quiet, slow-paced, small world.