Lily and I decided to take a quick trip into the mountains during a 57 degree, sunny February day. The Little Missouri river is just a few miles away and an additional 10 mile drive upstream will put us at some of the area’s finest river and spring waters. The Little Missouri Falls is a decent waterfall, nothing huge but the water is clear-blue and very relaxing. Well, maybe better for a summer swim but Lily doesn’t care about temperature. I didn’t let her swim for too long in the cold water, but I thought it would be good to introduce her to the area while no one else was around. Plus, it was sunny outside and 57 degrees is almost hot compared to recent temperatures!
The Bombogenesis storm of last week may have packed the headlines but this week’s weather system was a few degrees colder. The pond refroze the night the storm blew in, after having thawed for a couple of days. It didn’t take much to get a layer of ice on the surface and the storm arrived with snow. The next day hovered at 32 degrees and a little bit of snow remained in areas shaded from sunlight. Continue reading A Bitter Cold Mid January
Winter in central Texas means the water is flowing as good as it gets. Brave the chill and jump in!
Not very well hidden, in a small college town centered in Texas, there’s a bit of spring water that will knock your aqua socks off! The area here, and in New Braunfels, gets more rainfall than most of the rest of Texas and it shows. The clear spring water from Aquarena Springs flows generously and chilled waterfalls dot the way.
Katya and I paid a visit to the area during a hot Labor Day afternoon. It was a partly cloudy day and the water got chilly fast, when the sun dipped below the trees. Considering the holiday weekend, but factoring in the small size of San Marcos, it was a comfortable sized crowd that gathered.
The sign says, no alcohol, but we weren’t alone in cracking open a few beers. Keeping the area clean and safe comes first. With some careful planning, accommodations can be made to skirt any hassles. Both, the law and from a guilty conscience. Think smart, and you deserve a beer while soaking your feet in the spring water.
Now first off, be careful because”this area is a federally protected natural habitat”! That’s what the lifeguard barked out. No, he didn’t direct that info to me, but might as well have been. We’ve always known the cold-water springs to be the home of a rare salamander, but I thought that was just along the west wall, which is roped off for the salamanders. I didn’t think it applied to the whole pool and included picking up rocks while diving around. And yeah, there’s some cool stuff down there! Continue reading Barton Springs Pool