Texas and surrounding states near us here in the Basin have no shortage of things to see and do. 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. That's where THIS PHOTO of Lake Austin is from-and that seriously looks like fun and relaxation all rolled into one! So this upcoming Labor Day Weekend-send summer off with a bang and take a road trip to check this out-it'll be well worth it!

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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 meantime--there's so much to look forward to!

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