When S woke up this morning I asked her if she would like to go on an adventure with me. She seemed excited as we packed up, but just when we were about to leave she decided that she didn’t want to go. It started when she saw her Play-Do and games and then I couldn’t tell if she was just being stubborn or if she really wanted to stay home. Life with a toddler. After quite a bit of persuasion and allowing her to put random toys in my backpack, she finally agreed to go and we were off, headed to Krause Springs where I hoped to find a nice swimming hole to escape the Texas heat.
Krause Spring is a privately owned swimming hole and campground in Spicewood, Texas just northwest of Austin. Google said it would take me half an hour to get there, but it really was more like 45 minutes with construction and traffic. On the way S told me multiple times she wanted to go home and I almost pulled over and took her to a nearby splash pad instead, but I decided to continue on with our little adventure, promising her that if she didn’t like it when we got there we could go home. We pulled in the parking lot and she declared she didn’t like it; however, as soon as we walked down the steps and she saw the swimming pool she changed her mind.
Krause Springs has two swimming areas: a natural spring area and a concrete pool that is filled with spring water. We went to the natural spring area first and it was nice. My biggest word of caution is that the rocks are SLIPPERY. When we were walking I had a death grip on S’s hand and chose my steps carefully. S was not thrilled with me wanting to take her picture before we went swimming and I had to watch her like a hawk so she wouldn’t walk off by herself on the rocks, but I got at least one crazy “cheese” face out of her.
There was also a bee by her that I think thought her shirt was a flower or something. As you can see, it wasn’t very crowded at 10:00 AM on a weekday morning. S pulled me into the water (literally, it was slippery) and we swam around a bit. Her favorite part was swimming under the little waterfall where cold water splashed around us.
While not clear, it was really nice and refreshing. I love crystal clear water, but I also like exposing S to things besides chlorinated pools with cement bottoms and predictable sidewalls. I think it is good for her to get out and swim in more natural environments.
Once S got cold and tired of watching the older kids on a rope swing, we made our way back up to the concrete pool. S wanted to go in, but she was shocked with how cold it was; so shocked that she jumped in a couple more times just to experience the shock of jumping into what we called “ice water”.
Krause Springs also has a nice little butterfly garden where we went and ate our snacks before heading home. S loved the butterflies, squirrels, and a hammock they had setup at the edge of the gardens.
That is her “I’m eating a carrot, I’m not going to look at you, and I just might flip out of this hammock any second” face. I loved that all you could hear while walking through the gardens was running water in multiple fountains as well as the peaceful sounds of wind chimes.
Overall we both had a good time discovering a great little swimming hole just outside of Austin. We had a rough start to our adventure and S was a little tired so the ending was a little rough as well (probably because I didn’t give her enough snacks for the car ride home), but we would definitely go again. For anyone who lives in Austin, here is a link to the Krause Springs website if you would like to get more information or see more pictures of the grounds.