The weather here in Austin has been glorious since the middle of February. On a recent bright and sunny day we decided to rent some bikes and ride around Lady Bird Lake (also known as Town Lake.) There are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails that encircle the lake and connect to other trails that are part of Zilker Park.The trail provides some amazing views of downtown Austin.
Austin residents take advantage of this green space in downtown to walk, jog, ride bikes, kayak, and engage in other forms of exercise.
This is the Congress Avenue Bridge, where Austin’s bat colony roosts when they’re in town. We won’t be able to witness this phenomenon because the bats won’t return from their migration until sometime in March after we return to North Carolina.
This stone arch is located along an inland portion of the trail.
Part of the trail traverses a mile and a half long boardwalk (seen on the left above). We stopped at a restaurant near the boardwalk and enjoyed lunch with a great view. Then we completed the rest of our circumnavigation of the lake and headed up a connecting trail to see the Barton Springs Pool, which is fed by a spring and maintains a water temperature of 68 degrees year around. That’s a tad chilly for me, especially in February even on an 80 degree day. But, believe it or not, there were swimmers enjoying the pool (photo below.) The turquoise water is so clear and such a gorgeous color, probably due in part to the limestone creek bed.
Our bicycle adventure was delightful. I truly loved our day outside in the sunshine. The colors of the sky and the water were stunning. What a treasure for Austin residents to have such an amazing green space in the middle of an urban area!
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