One of THE most exciting things when you move to a new state--is DISCOVERY. I've had some good tips on things like the Carlsbad Caverns (and I've seen stalactites in caves when I lived in Arizona), as well as the Abilene Zoo and local things here in the Midland-Odessa immediate area like the Bush Childhood Home, etc. One of the things I'm most looking forward to is seeing more of our great state. And one of those places is Austin.

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I happened upon this place by accident--and now it's a destination when we get a little further into summer. We already have a trip to San Antonio planned Memorial Day weekend--and we're going to take in Fredericksburg and Kerrville too... So many things to see and do in the Alamo City and I'm very excited about it. But my wife and I are water people. We LOVE the beach and toes in the sand in a beach chair with a beverage... And this place looks absolutely breathtaking.

I'm sure there are plenty of things to do and see in this state park outside the city--but just this picture makes me want to bring the inflatable tube and the sunscreen and just relax for an afternoon. I'm talking about Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs. Right now all you can do is access the beach, and there's no swimming. The trail around the water is also closed due to falling rocks. So we will wait til late summer or early fall before even attempting to look again and maybe by then it'll all be open to enjoy. In the mean time--there's so much to look forward to! If you know about anymore hidden gems in our state like this one--feel free to drop me a note and share!

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