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Okay, one of our 1st stops was Barton Springs pool, a dippin' spot for decades. Out front is this neat statue of 3 local writers and buddies who would hang out there way back when and philosophize and such, representing Austin's freethinkin ways.

I went back to Austin with my (then) boyfriend (now almost husband!) George. He had never been to Texas, so for a birthday gift, I presented him with tickets to one of my favorite cities. And what a time we had! We had a Lonely Planet Guide and pretty much did everything he had tagged on the plane ride out there. Unfortunately, both of us were sick for most of the trip, so we took it easy and really stayed to enjoy all the sites.

One of our first stops was Barton Springs pool, a dippin' spot for decades. Out front is this neat statue of 3 local writers and buddies who would hang out there way back when and philosophize and such, representing Austin's freethinkin ways. The pool itself is huge, flowing out of a natural underground spring near the diving board at the right edge of the picture. Parts of the shore look like a normal pool, while others have been left in their natural mini-cliff-like state. The whole thing is surrounded by shade trees (pecans et al.) and grassy embankments for lounging and people watchin'.
 
Near the pool parking lot was a small field of wildflowers. When we go back to the area, we'll have to drive around the countryside more, because Lady Bird Johnson made it her mission to fill Texas highways and byways with wildflowers. 
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Okay, one of our 1st stops was Bar…
Okay, one of our 1st stops was Ba…
The pool itself is huge, flowing o…
The pool itself is huge, flowing …
Parts of the shore look like a nor…
Parts of the shore look like a no…
Near the pool parking lot was a sm…
Near the pool parking lot was a s…
A closer view...
A closer view...
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