My, my how things change. "Back in the day" there was just an old dirt road to The Blue Hole along with lots of mud and muck. No that that would deter one from going there. The Blue Hole has always been one of the best swimming holes ever in the history of the planet times a million. We took a day trip there yesterday and I was absolutely thrilled to find that they've done some serious gussying up over there in sweet, sweet Wimberley.
Apparently, some folks called Friends of the Blue Hole got inspired, got some money and got busy. There was a master plan led by The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center that was implemented and, boy, does it show. The lovely natural look that comes from using local products combined with Earth-saving tools give The Blue Hole a wonderfully updated and environmentally sound facelift. Beautiful work, y'all!
A modern entrance flanked with a big ole' honkin' cistern lets you know something special is just around the corner. It's that wonderful, "I'm about to get down into someplace special where man and nature have agreed to work together" feeling that I so love.
The Hole itself has not changed much though, thank goodness. Still cold spring water fed by Jacob's Well. Still ropes in the trees to swing from. Still incredible trees in the water to cling to. I hugged me some trees and told them thank you for all joy they've provided.
Cold water is usually not my thing. I'm a Gulf Coast girl...I like my water tepid, preferably downright warm, but I girded up my loins and made the plunge. Lordy it was fun jumping in and screaming with shock and delight.
Also fun to get out and have some lunch and do a little reading on the grassy knoll.
Oh the joy of having a reading child. I read one page, he reads the next. We're all wrapped up in Treasure Island right now. Pirates! Treasure! One-legged men! Swimming hole! What more could a boy want?
We took the ubiquitous stroll around the town. I was totally smitten by that stained glass window with a lady in it! How clever is that? I think I'll have one of those someday.
Beverages at Sip on The Square.
Um, yes, please! I know just the place for this at The Wabi-Sabi House.
This airplane was a big hit with my flight-loving boys.
It was hard to let go of such a lovely, care-free day. How grateful I am that Jackdaddy is able to steal away from work now and then for special days like this.
P.S. OH! We brought that tiny bit of rain to you, you know. Because we packed up and went to a swimming hole, it rained! We got deluged up there, which was really fun. Not so much here, I don't think, but it was something, right?