So yesterday we did a little hiking in Austin. A place called Hamilton Pool Preserve, part of the Travis County Park system, was recommended to us by Pam at Digging as a good place. The Preserve is located about half an hour from where we are staying.
The landscape along the way consisted of a stony and hilly savannah, covered mostly with short grasses, juniper, and oak. As Austin is also something of a boom town, there are also housing developments in varying stages of completion.
We did not get to meet any of the important birds, but I hear you cannot see them without an appointment.
Hamilton Pool has been a popular swimming hole for many years, and swimming is still allowed (though not on the day we were there). To get there, you hike down into a canyon, then along Hamilton Creek for about half a mile. I should mention the light was tricky, with a bright sun low in the sky.
Nests were built into the canyon walls. Anybody know who would have built these?
At the end of the trail there is a waterfall and grotto. Ferns and mosses grow on some of the rocks.
Stalactites hang from the ceiling, some of them covered in moss.
From behind the falls, the view is slightly other-worldly.
Well, enough of that! Time to go back to Austin and eat some barbecue.