Summer in Austin is a hot, humid, sweaty affair that revolves around staying cool. Hence the legendary spot Barton Springs Pool holds in the hearts of many Austinites. The fourth larger spring in Texas, this man-made pool is fed by natural springs and stays relatively cool year round.
As I head towards West Texas and the greater Southwest, I’m sure there will be many an opportunity to reflect fondly on the prospect of a cool dip in the springs.
Side note: In the wake of the recent Fish and Wildlife Service decision not to place the dunes sagebrush lizard, found only in New Mexico and West Texas, on the endangered species list, salamanders in Central Texas are facing a rejuvenated push to keep them off the list as well.
Earlier this week U.S. Rep. John Carter, a Texas republican, said that