San Marcos, TX, just a half hour South of Austin, is home to Spring Lake. Over 200 springs bubble up from the aquifer here to create the San Marcos River. This water source has attracted humans for over 12,000 years and is home to several threatened and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Texas State University is the current steward of the property and they offer glass bottom boat tours of the lake, which our local friends Ashley and Lila, treated us to. Our boat captain/tour guide Mark gave a wonderfully informative and fun talk during the half hour long boat ride.
Today the lake and its surroundings have been returned to as much of a natural space as possible and includes a boardwalk over a shallow portion of the lake. Lila, being a Texas native, remembers visiting the park as a child when they used to have an underwater viewing area where you could see "mermaids" and a swimming pig in these pristine waters!
|Spring Lake, headwaters of the San Marcos River.|
Those white spots in the lake are some of the bubbling springs.
|Ashley, Lila and Hans on the wetlands boardwalk.|
|Oh yes, there were turtles!|
|We saw lots of other wildlife in the water but the turtles were the most photogenic!|
|Mark gave a lively and informative glass bottom boat tour.|
|Lila and Ashley entranced by the view and amused by Mark's commentary.|
|Lisa and Hans showing this grand old tree some love!|
On our drive back to Austin we stopped at Black's BBQ in Lockhart, TX for some tasty smoked meats. Afterwards we took a digestive walk through the cute town.
|Open 8 days a week!|
|Downtown Lockhart, TX.|
|Lockhart, TX court house.|
A perfect day with good friends!