One on One Meetup with Carol Williams

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Sunday night was a wonderful opportunity to meet “one on one” with Carol Williams! I’ve been following her Epic Road Trip and so glad she had time to spend Sunday night dinner with me at the Steiner Ranch Steak House in the hill country in Austin Texas. What a sunset photo she captured! One of the best I've seen taken.

 After 18 holes of golf at the Falconhead Golf Club she was able to get back to her hosts house, freshen up and meet me for dinner! I had a table overlooking Lake Travis reserved and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! Nothing like a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio to start the evening off, followed by a good Texas steak, coffee and a signature bread pudding desert to top the evening off. Mike Gonzales offered some soothing live entertainment featuring acoustic cover songs.

Carol's favorite Seattle Seahawks team was playing the Pittsburgh Steelers when we left, she watched the game when she returned home and unfortunately they lost 23-20. Tough game!


I follow Carol’s posts and feel like I know her. A face to face meeting, some time to share stories and ideas allowed us both to realize how much we have in common. Active Rain is an amazing community and I feel so grateful for the friendships developed!

Carol is a problem solver so striking out alone on this coast to coast trip hasn’t fazed her. Even the cracked windshield on the second day out was not a problem. She just got it fixed while having lunch!

She’s off to Cranbury, TX tomorrow to have lunch with Dr. Paula McDonald and then on to Dallas! Safe travels my friend..I'll be following you on your way home!

“If you go out looking for friends, you’re going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”    Zig Zigglar

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Austin TX Canyon Creek Real Estate Agent

(512) 750-6899


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Canyon Creek Neighborhood

I specialize in Listing and Selling homes in the NW Austin Area. I use my experience to guide clients through the process, whether selling or buying. It’s a beautiful thing when your career and a passion come together. I love what I do!

Comments (36)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- what a perfect way to end the day!!!  I'll bet Carol Williams loved a good Texas steak!  I so admire her taking this journey on her own and at the same time love all of the friends that she's been meeting. 

Oct 18, 2021 10:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Kathy Streib ,

Carol is amazing and love the journey she is on! What a book she can write!


Oct 18, 2021 01:01 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

What a magnificent sunset!  Glad my foodie friend Dorie Dillard Austin TX picked the perfect restaurant to celebrate Ative Rain Community Members and Carol Williams epic journey...what a brave and courageous woman😎

Oct 18, 2021 10:48 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Eileen Burns,

Where she was staying and playing golf really determined where we ate. I think the steak house was the perfect choice..great food, company and the weather and sunset was a bonus!

Oct 18, 2021 01:03 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

How fun Dorie. I just met with Carol for lunch here in Granbury and I will be posting soon. She is a doll.

Oct 18, 2021 12:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Dr. Paula McDonald ,

She was excited to meet with you so glad you had time to have lunch together! You are right she is a doll!

Oct 18, 2021 01:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I'm so glad you were able to have such a lovely dinner, sunset, and visit with Carol Williams. It was a delight to have her stop in Maryland and I am enjoying her wonderful trip...truly amazing!

Oct 18, 2021 12:19 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 ,

It is utterly amazing! She is well on her way of fulfilling her desire to make this Epic Road trip. She is a gal who makes sure she crosses items off on her bucket list..she is living her dream!

Oct 18, 2021 01:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I love all the photos and am happy you were able to meet!

Oct 18, 2021 02:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was so much fun Kat Palmiotti !

Oct 18, 2021 05:28 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I hope the two of you behaved yourselves, especially after a bottle of wine.  It was only one ..... right???  ☺️☺️☺️

Oct 18, 2021 03:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

 What happens in Austin..stays in Austin George Souto  👌

Oct 18, 2021 05:29 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I loved the photos of you and Carol Williams. The pure joy of connecting with a friend, where one can focus on that feeling, is such an avenue for happiness. 

Oct 18, 2021 04:21 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are right Wendy Rulnick !

Oct 18, 2021 05:31 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I so enjoyed the evening with you! Thanks!

Oct 18, 2021 04:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was great fun Carol Williams and now you are in Dallas!

Oct 18, 2021 05:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What fun the two of you must have had, Dorie! Thanks for sharing this special time and photos! Love that sunset!


Oct 18, 2021 05:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Think of it as a celebration of your visit!!

Oct 19, 2021 04:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS ..the sunset was the perfect ending to spectacular visit!!

Oct 19, 2021 02:41 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are things that you learn one on one that are just like secret magic intangibles. :

Oct 18, 2021 09:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So true Laura Cerrano!

Oct 19, 2021 02:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your meetup with Carol sounds delightful, Dorie.  And, that desert in front of her looks scrumptious!

Oct 19, 2021 01:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was so good Myrl Jeffcoat !!

Oct 19, 2021 02:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 19, 2021 01:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Thank you so much!!

Oct 19, 2021 02:39 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Great story.  Thanks for sharing.  Unfortunately, the road trip didn't make it down to Orlando so I didn't get a chance to meet Carol, but I enjoyed experiencing it vicariously through your post.

Oct 19, 2021 03:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Karen Climer ,

She has already stopped to see many people and still has a way to go to make it home..what an exciting journey!

Oct 19, 2021 02:38 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like such a wonderful time!  Carol Williams is a wonderful person and I really enjoy following her travels!

Oct 19, 2021 05:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do too Brian England 

Oct 19, 2021 02:37 PM
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I'm looking forward to meeting Carol in person later today!

Oct 19, 2021 06:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 ,

How cool! I know you will enjoy meeting her!

Oct 19, 2021 02:36 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I loved following your meet up on FB. I also loved the pictures. 

Oct 20, 2021 06:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Scott Godzyk ..she really is having an awesome time on her epic journey!

Oct 20, 2021 02:56 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Dorie, I enjoyed reading about your meet-up with Carol! It's so true - Active Rain has helped us develop friendships, and when we meet in person, we find out how sincere the online communications have been - it's like talking to an old friend. I follow Carol Williams  trip, too, and look forward to seeing her in person soon!

Oct 20, 2021 07:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So glad you are making time to meet'll enjoy your time together!

Oct 20, 2021 02:55 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Sounds like a wonderful visit and dinner for the two of you!  It's been such fun following her visits and posts.  Thank you for sharing!  We'll be seeing her in Phoenix tomorrow! *

Oct 20, 2021 12:38 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Jan Green ,

Can't wait to hear about your meet-up!! She is sticking to her schedule..she is amazing!

Oct 20, 2021 02:55 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Hi, Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

It is just so special that you got to meet Carol Williams and share dinner with her on her epic trip/adventure.

Oct 20, 2021 02:03 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi John Juarez ,

It was an incrediable opportunity and so glad we were able to meet and spend time together.

Oct 20, 2021 02:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, how positively WONDERFUL, Dorie! You are someone that I would also love to meet in person - so, I'm green with envy that she got to meet you! I knew you both would hit it right off and that you would show Carol a grand time - and FOOD! - in Austin. 

Oct 22, 2021 02:42 PM