In Austin, With Ghosts

Saturday night, Shawna and I ventured downtown to check out one of the Austin Ghost Tours.  I am happy to report that the 90 minutes we spent on this tour of the Capitol District was fun, educational, at times more than a little creepy.

In order to clarify, the Capitol District Ghost Tour isn’t a bunch of folks hiding out in buildings with spectrographs and other gadgets, hoping against hope they might take pictures of “orbs” or record “activity.”  Instead, it’s a walking tour that explores the history of Austin, or more to the point the city’s underbelly, the darker facets you don’t normally hear about when folks speak of The Live Music Capital of the World (with a noise ordinance and a no-smoking law).  And really, when just about every downtown bar east of Congress Avenue resides in a building more than 100 years old, who wouldn’t expect some interesting history?

Some of the tour’s history lessons (particularly the abandoned building that used to house the Hard Rock) provided more than a little chill.  Whether this is due to actual history or the skill of our tour guide Monica is up in the air, but I can tell you Shawna and I had a great time.  I’m sure in the future we’ll return to take one of the group’s other tours.