|Flying high at our neighborhood park.|
In the Texas summer heat, staying cool in the springs is one of the only ways we can enjoy the outdoors, although finding some nice shade in the awesome parks around here will also do, especially in the hours before noon or just before dusk.
Our Austin June Fun
|Giving Sid some lovin'!|
Our first swimming hole of the summer was Jacob's Well. We were drawn to this location because of the gorgeous photos we had seen online. We went on a weekday just before school was out, so it wasn't too busy. There isn't a lot of space to swim around. It's better suited for hanging out and keeping cool, watching everyone take turns diving. The older Brownies got to dive, but if you go when it's busy, there may be park rangers there, reminding people that diving is forbidden. Click here for the creepy scuba diving stories.
|Petting a bunny at Little Stacy|
Another great shady park is Garrison Park in South Austin. Even on warm mornings, there is plenty of shade and a cool breeze running through the park. We haven't been to the pool yet, but it looks fun, diving board included.
|Rio Vista Dam in San Marcos|
|Splash Pad at Pease Park|
Last year, we enjoyed Deep Eddy several times. After going twice in June, I've decided this is the most stress-free place for me to take the kids. No hiking, plenty of shade, beach-entry pool, and attentive lifeguards allow me to truly relax or visit with friends while swimming here. We pack lots of drinks and keep a few snacks in my bag. Even though the signs say not to bring in sugary drinks and food, the lifeguard told us that staying hydrated is more important, so they've always allowed us to bring in Gatorade or tea and some simple snacks. We are very careful to pick up trash and even our crumbs!
Our great Father's Day Adventure was a hike to Sculpture Falls. Read my previous blog entry for all the details.
|Umlaf Sculpture Gardens|
We managed one visit to the Thinkery. With our annual pass, it's easy to go spend a couple of hours here and there. We intend on going once a week in July. If we aren't going to get wet, indoors is the best place to be in Austin summers. We could barely peel Travis away from the circuit display, then both boys had a ball cooking up "dinner" for their siblings and me.
|"Cooking" at Thinkery|
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