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With acres of winding paths, burbling waterways and koi-stocked ponds, Zilker Botanical Gardens makes a perfect place to stop and smell the flowers. Visit the magnolia solarium, a glass shrine to the blooming trees towering overhead and grab a complimentary map of the grounds. Then wander through the native cacti before reflecting on your higher self at the moon bridge in Taniguchi garden and ambling along the bamboo trail. Meditate under a cypress and inhale the perfume of the roses. Bask in the sun with indigenous turtles while invoking the spirit of the dinosaurs that once walked here and wend your way back through the butterfly preserve and herb garden. Picnics and alcoholic beverages aren't allowed but you'll leave totally intoxicated. Wheelchair accessible.February 20, 2011 Like Add a Comment
Lines penned at The University of Texas, as a student in the throes of Algebra angst: "You rattle your brain/ you think all's in vain/ you're going insane! And what is your gain? You must never feign; it's all to attain: That 'X' equals 'Y.' " To banish this cast of mind, I’d rush to Barton Springs, that long natural white limestone pool, sacred to UT students…lapped by three acres of light aqua water. Tripping through large old pecan trees, then down green-grassed banks, I’d slither into frigid-cold water --slowly moving from sun warmth to shivers, inch by delightfully-shocked inch! Once fully submerged, pride mingling with euphoria, I side-stroked through thermal-climes forever, not stopping/ not turning …buoyed by some elemental force, augmented by the joy of other swimmers, lost in reveries of their own… not caring whether "X" would ever equal "Y."October 24, 2009 Like Add a Comment
Digest that stack of Magnolia Café gingerbread pancakes while you daydreamily float the afternoon away in one of Austin's numerous natural swimming holes. Devoid of chlorine and brimming with life—fish, fowl, and human—the typically spring-fed waters are a huge draw at Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool Preserve, and Deep Eddy, to name a few. Top off your day in the water with a dusk excursion to Austin's incredible bat caves, then cap it all with local BBQ and a Mexican martini. Get up the next day; rinse, repeat.March 15, 2008 Like Add a Comment