Weekend road trip
I took advantage of the long weekend to explore places I have never been before. To many people in this area, Texas would not seem like a very exciting place to travel to, but for someone like me, straight from Michigan, going to Texas is like traveling to another country.
Sunset over Congress Bridge on the Fourth of July in Austin, Texas.
We packed up our bags on a mini road trip to some of Texas' biggest cities. We went to Austin, where we saw the bats on Congress Avenue Bridge, toured through the University of Texas at Austin's campus, looked at the street art, and watched the fireworks on the Fourth of July over the Colorado River. We went to San Antonio, where we saw the unforgettable Alamo, strolled through the River Walk and witnessed some exciting street performers. Finally, we stopped in Fort Worth where we went to the Water Gardens and walked through the Fort Worth Stockyards.
It was an eventful weekend, and I am looking forward to the seeing more of what Texas has to offer.
Thilani Jayakody is a 2016 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Plant Science from Saginaw, Michigan. Her summer research project focuses on 1) producing gene lines that visually show genes related to phosphorus-starvation and 2) screening a chemical library for compounds that interfere with phosphorus signaling.