Labor Day Getaway

As you might have noticed, most of our weekend getaways end up in Austin – we love that town!  We actually took one of our first trips together to Austin on Labor Day weekend in 2009 (3 years ago – whoa), when we visited the Capitol building, the UT campus and took dips in chilly Barton Springs.

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Young and just falling in love Smile Oh, and this is my favorite “my balls are cold!” picture.  Don’t judge until you jump in Barton Springs yourself!

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But back to Labor Day weekend 2012; we wanted to try a few new things, and Hamilton Pool has been on David’s list for a couple years now.  It’s a collapsed cave with a swimming hole out in the hill country about 45 minutes outside of Austin.   You have to get there pretty early (preferably a weekday) because they only let a set amount of people in at a time; it’s really small.  It’s a short hike down, then you find this secluded spot:

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Pretty neat, huh?  We sat on the little beach and at our lunches – there was a new Whole Foods in Bee Caves on the way, and since I must visit every WF I see, we stopped for some delicious sandwiches – turkey, brie and fig jam on chia bread.  I’m not a sandwich person, but these were was darn good!

We sunned and swam a bit, until a water moccasin was spotted slithering around the little lake.  At that point it was time for me to get out.  Plus I could feel the little fishies nibbling at my feet.  We took a hike around the cave, which was the prettier area anyway.

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Since it’s Austin, and Austin’s weird, there was a sexy alien photo shoot going on:

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So then David and I got to posing.  My husband is such a male model wanabee and better poser than I am (he did go to Halloween as Zoolander one year).

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The collapsed cave was a neat natural wonder to see, but I’d definitely go early and not on a weekend, because it could get crowded very quickly.  We also stopped by Reimer’s Ranch Park, right next to Hamilton Pool since a park ranger had recommended it.  Reimer’s Ranch is undergoing a lot of renovations for mountain bike trails and climbing routes;  we took a short hike to a climbing area and could see it would be a really cool place to try climbing or biking someday.

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The remainder of the weekend was spent doing a  few mandatory Austin things – MasterPancake Theater, margaritas on the lake, a hilly run near Town Lake.  And some guitar playing.

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We also squeezed in a quick trip to San Antonio to visit with my granny; she was doing really well and seemed very happy this time!

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The last two days of the four-day weekend were spent prepping for our triathlon, and even enjoying a pre-race pasta dinner with our friends in Pflugerville.  Thinking of heading to Austin?  Check out my list of favorites.  It’s a fun town with a little something for everyone.

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