Until next time,
Last month a friend came to visit us from Wisconsin and of course while in the area and out of the snow, she wanted to visit some parks and see some sights. Topher and I have been to many great parks around Austin, so it was hard to choose where to take a guest. We decided to explore someplace that was new to us all and decided on Hamilton Pool.
No photo could recreate the magnificence of the 45ft waterfall splashing into the emerald clear pool (especially not our crappy phone photos). The sun was bright and it was hot for the end of January; a great day to go hiking.
From the rocky stalactites to the warped tree roots, it's a beautiful nature preserve. The beauty, however comes at a cost, an entrance fee of fifteen dollars is required- a little steep for most parks around here. Once you walk to the main pool area there are park employees that just stand and watch you making sure you don't veer off the trail. Not our favorite way to hike, but it is worth seeing at least once if you're in the area. Besides the fees, the watchful eyes, and the crowds, it's a fantastic and beautiful park.
I can only imagine how many people will come to swim and hike here in the summer, lucky for us there weren't too many people crowding the trails during our visit. Our favorite part by far was the trail leading northwest to the Pedernales River. The easy one mile hike runs parallel to the crystal clear Hamilton Creek and the trail's end is as equally impressive as the waterfall and pool at the beginning.
The Pedernales River (pronounced 'perdinales') is 106 miles long and flows through multiple parks around Austin. This is our second time hiking near the Pedernales, both in different parks. We can't wait to head out that way again. This beautiful river always brightens our hike and cools us down in the afternoon heat. Another bonus about this part of the trail is that most people turn around once they hit the river, but there is a small trail that fallows the river for about another mile, making for a more private and quiet hike.
Work has been picking up, which has been great, but it's about that time to plan another hike!
Until next time,
Sara & Topher
We are a working artist couple based out of Austin, TX. This blog chronicles our life and artistic ventures, as we work to make the world and environment a little better every day.