5th Annual Hill Country Kids and Family Triathlon


The 5th Annual Hill Country Kids and Family Triathlon will be held this Saturday, July 24, in Plum Creek.  The race is geared towards 5 to 15 year olds with swimming, running and biking distances geared towards the participants’ ages.  The triathlon has been hosted by Plum Creek for the past 4 years.  For more information click here.

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Canyon Lake


Canyon Lake is a man-made lake on the Guadalupe River that offers many activities for all ages and interests.  Sponsored by the Army Corps of Engineers, there are 8 parks with 2 swimming beaches and 22 boat ramps.  Most of the parks offer camping, RV parks, shelters and picnic sites.  The lake itself has 80 miles of shoreline for you to enjoy in your boat or in a rental from Watercraft Rentals or the Canyon Lake Marina.  The Lake Canyon Yacht Club offers its members a 144 slip waterfront for dry sailed boats and over 150 dry storage spaces for motor boats.  The clubhouse also has a party deck, a swimming pool and a boat rigging tower.  Visitors to Canyon Lake can also spend the afternoon tubing down the Guadalupe River or fishing for Rainbow Trout.

In 2002 a large gorge was carved out of the limestone by a flood over the course of just 3 days.  Not only  is this a ridiculously short period of time for this kind of erosion to occur, but it left the gorge virtually devoid of life, which was good for geologists and other researchers.  This flood exposed 111 million years worth of fossils and rock formations.  In 2007, the gorge was opened up for public tours, which may be reserved here.

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Barton Springs


Fed by an underground aquifer, Bartons springs is chilly year round. photo by Ivorytower, Flickr.com

Fed by an underground aquifer, Bartons springs is a refreshing 68 degrees year round. photo by Ivorytower, Flickr.com

About Barton Springs:

“Within Zilker Park’s 358 acres, lies one of the crown jewels of Austin, Barton Springs Pool. Three acres in size, the pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited topless sunbathers who turned heads in the seventies. Even Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting his mother’s relative in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people.”~ Barton Springs Website

Tips:

  1. Check to make sure the pool is open before driving out, especially during dry spells.
  2. Bring a pair of goggles. The water is usually very clear, and a bringing a pair is a great way to check out the wildlife living in the springs.
  3. Bring extra clothes. Zilker Park is home to plenty of other activities ranging from Disc Golf to an Electric Train ride.
  4. No food is allowed in the Springs, so just plan accordingly.
  5. While it costs money to get into the actual pool, the spill off immediately downstream is free and a great place to take your dogs.

Cost:

Weekdays Weekends Summer Pass (Memorial Day – Labor Day
Senior $1 $1 $60.00
Adult $3.00 $3.00 $180.00
Junior (12-17) $2.00 $2.00 $120.00
Child (11- under) $1.00 $1.00 $60.00
Family of 4 n/a n/a $350.00 (additional family members are required to purchase the individual pass for their age group
Parking fee at Zilker $3.00 (March through September)
(pricing 2009)

Directions:

19.9 miles from Plum Creek

Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78746

Google map.

~ by ret0dd, flickr.com

~ by ret0dd, flickr.com