We had a quiet Christmas over here, complete with 80-degree weather and a hike at Hamilton Pool Preserve. After opening our gifts, we ate some cinnamon rolls and then drove the 20 miles or so west of Austin to the much-talked-about natural pool in the middle of basically nowhere. We passed the most amazing ranches on the way out there, and I love that just 20 miles outside the city you feel like you're hundreds of miles from civilization.
The hike to the pool is less than a mile, down some rocky steps and then along a crystal clear turquoise river. Despite the fact that most of my pictures manage to cut out any trace of tourists, it was pretty packed. We waited about 15 minutes to get into the parking lot...turns out 80 degrees on Christmas drives a bunch of families out of the house to one of the only open attractions!
The pool and rocks are beautiful and I love that you can walk all the way around and under the waterfall. You can sometimes swim in the pool, but it's been closed for awhile because of bacteria levels. I'm not too keen on swimming in public pools that lack massive amounts of chlorine, so I don't know if I'd get in even if it were open.
We headed home and Peter made a delicious roast for dinner and we played a few rounds of Phase 10. We are heading to Minnesota tomorrow to belatedly celebrate Christmas with family and ring in the new year.