Escape to the Hamilton Pool Preserve

Graduate life becomes much busy and hectic near the end of this semester! But we wanted to do something different last weekend other than usually staying at home and working on projects. So we searched online, found this spot and decided to venture out there. The Hamilton Pool Preserve was just a breathtaking place when I visited it for the first time. The secluded swimming spot was about 45 minutes’ drive outside of Austin downtown area. On sweltering summer days in Austin, people flock here to escape the heat. Since it’s not quite peak season yet, we didn’t need to make a reservation in advance and didn’t wait long before getting in.

The pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago, resulting in this kind of Karst landscape. Water trickles down from above the mossy dome, gradually forming stalactites, and run into the jade-toned pool.

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Come let the river float your stress away!

Austin is a great place to go kayaking as the Colorado River runs through the city like a green silk belt. The water keeps running southeastward day and night, witnessing the rise of this city. James Graham says traveling aboard a kayak is the ultimate means of individual navigation. Spring has set in Austin and it’s a great time to go kayaking to feel the beauty of the warm spring water in the sunshine.

My boyfriend and I have long been dreaming of kayaking in the Colorado River since we came to UT Austin. This last weekend, we finally made it.  We searched for groupons for kayaking in Austin yesterday night. We woke up this morning and headed directly off to the Rowing Dock.

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