Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is located in another section of Balcones Canyonlands that is administered by Travis County. It's a very popular swimming hole and often closed on summer week-ends due to over use or water quality problems. They close when the parking lot has 75 cars. I think 25 would be more appropriate. On a Monday morning in early spring with only 3 cars in the lot, it was perfect!

The trail down to the pool is maybe a 1/4 of a mile and then circles the pool under the waterfall. There's another section that goes down the creek that I will explore another day.
A group of young people were doing beautiful rock work to re-build a section of the trail.

In this view from behind the fall, the tiny dots on the far left side of the beach are our girls.

The limestone in central Texas creates these very cool overhangs along the creeks and rivers.
It's easy to imagine an Indian family finding protection here from a rain storm.

This might have been Pai's first experience in a 'natural' pool.

She loved it!!! and so did Grandma!

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