Jim and I realized that we have not been to Barton Springs together. I used to go when I first moved to Austin, but Jim has never been. The experience is a little different than I remember... now you have to pay for parking ($3), parking was packed (it was over 100 degrees yesterday so I understand the draw to the water for people), and there was a line of about 30 people to get in. When we first walked up we were surprised at the line and worried that there wouldn't be enough space. But the line moved at a decent rate and there was plenty of space for us.
We found a nice little spot that was kind of shaded because Jim didn't want to be in the sun. I wanted a little sun so once I applied my 30SPF, I sat in the sun to roast a bit while reading a book. My stomach needed a little color to match my farmers tan... 4th of July weekend is coming up and I didn't want to blind everybody on the boat :o). We ventured over to the water to get in but we didn't exactly stay in the water... it was COLD! I knew it would be but it was still a shock. We hung out in an area that was fairly shallow but then got out after about 10 minutes. We had a nice relaxing few hours at the natural pool. Good choice for such a hot day!