Splish Splash ~ 19

We have heard that Texas has been in a ten year drought. This is very evident in some places but in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country we found an endless supply (maybe not endless, but at least a months worth) of pools, springs, streams, rivers  and lakes to explore.

McKinney Falls State Park~ Austin

We spent a day exploring McKinney Falls State Park. It's a great place  to hike and bike. They also have campsites with water and 30 amp service.
We spent a day exploring McKinney Falls State Park located within the city limits of Austin.
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It’s a great place to hike and bike. They also have campsites with water and 30 amp service.

 

Barton Springs Pool ~ Austin

Within Zilker Park in the city of Austin is Barton Springs Pool.
Within Zilker Park
in the city of Austin is Barton Springs Pool. It was cold the day we visited but I imagine it is very popular in the warmer weather.

 

Lady Bird Lake ~ Austin

We found Barton Springs Pool while wandering around on the trail that runs along Lady Bird Lake.
We found Barton Springs Pool while wandering around on the 10 mile hike and bike  trail that encircles Lady Bird Lake.
From the south side of the Lady Bird Lake is a great view of the Austin skyline.
From the south  side of the lake there is a great view of the Austin skyline.

 

Lake Travis ~ Austin

Lake Travis, on the western edge of Austin, is (or I should say once was) an enormous reservoir on the Colorado River created by the construction of the Mansfield Dam.
Lake Travis, on the western edge of Austin, is (or I should say, once was) an enormous reservoir on the Colorado River created by the construction of the Mansfield Dam.
Lake Travis is an obvious sign of the Texas drought. Neal and I walked In areas that previously had been flooded with water.
Lake Travis is an obvious victim  of the Texas drought. Neal and I walked in areas that previously had been covered with water. We heard varying information regarding the status of the lake. Someone had mentioned it was only 35 percent full but is still 150 feet deep in some areas.
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The Oasis on Lake Travis is a great spot to see the lake and have a cocktail. We’ve also enjoyed a beer or two at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company in the same complex that over looks the lake.

 

Blue Hole Regional Park ~ Wimberley

The Blue Hole Regional park is pretty spot for a walk or to just sit by the water and read.
The Blue Hole Regional park in Wimberly is a pretty spot for a walk…
...or to play in the trees.
…to play in the trees.
...or to just sit by the water and read.
…or to just sit by the pretty blue water and read. (…and swim in the warmer weather)

 

Jacobs Well Natural Area ~ Wimberley

A short hike from the parking area is this beautiful spot.
After exploring Blue Hole Regional Park,  we drove a short distance to find Jacobs Well.
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A short walk from the parking area is the striking blue water of this artesian spring. When we finished exploring the area, we drove into the quaint village of Wimberly, We walked along the Cypress Creek that runs through town and strolled in and out the many unique shops.

 

 Inks Lake State Park ~ Burnet

We took a drive bordering the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, through Marble Falls then weaved our way to Inks Lake State Park in Burnet.
We took a beautiful drive bordering the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, through Marble Falls then weaved our way to Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, Texas. The park has  200 campsites with varying services. Some with 50 amp service and water hookups.
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We walked a short trail to find the Devil’s Waterhole.
I wandered up through the rocks to catch a glimpse of the Spring Valley Creek.
I climbed up through the rocks to catch a glimpse of the Spring Valley Creek. I was wishing I had my kayak with me.

 

Hamilton Pool Preserve ~ Dripping Springs

One of my favorite places is Hamilton Pool Springs. The aqua water in the pool and the enormous grotto is a beautiful sight.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is my favorite find during our travels this years.
The enormous grotto and the sparkling aqua water take you to a faraway exotic place. (Check out Posting #)
The enormous grotto, the stunning aqua water and  sparkling water falls take you to a faraway exotic state of mind. (Refer to post #15)

 

 

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