Monday, June 16, 2008

Deep Eddy Pool

Sam was eager to go swimming first thing Sunday morning, so we packed the pool bag and spent the morning at Deep Eddy Pool.

Because the water temp is pretty cold (constant 72 degrees F), it takes a while to get into the water! But after a few minutes the body acclimates and boy oh boy is it refreshing.

So we went for a nice swim and after an hour or so in the water its time to go back to the towel and have some nosh. A few weeks ago I bought a nice big cooler for days like this, and I like to pack it with a variety of healthy, tasty snacks.

Sunday we had fresh, cold seedless watermelon, fresh pineapple and some out-of-this-world delicious honeydew. Plus some leftover fried chicken (Sam likes drumsticks!), pretzels, fig newtons as well as water, juice and a can of Hansen's Black Cherry sugar-free soda for Daddy.

No, we don't eat all that stuff. I just like to have choices.

I'd like to have some pictures of Sam in the water, but I can't really get out of the water to fetch the camera while Sam's still in the pool. So I only have pictures of Sam while we're noshing.

Here's a little info about Deep Eddy:

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Deep Eddy Pool dates back to the 1930's. You can read more about the pool's colorful history at

The water comes from the aquifer underground, the same source that fills Barton Springs Pool, and therefore stays a cool 72 degrees F year round. Operated by the City of Austin, it is one of four municipal pools in town. There's an admission fee of $3 for adults and $1 for little people. The fee plus the cold water tends to keep Deep Eddy fairly uncrowded.

Oh, another cool thing about this pool is that Deep Eddy and Barton Springs Pools are the only public pools in Austin that do not use chlorine. Having lived in Austin for six years, I just discovered Deep Eddy a few months ago and I'm really glad I did. Its one of my favorite spots in Austin now.

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