Every so often we come across a place that takes our breath away. It could be anything – an empty field stretching as far as the horizon, a misty mountain top, a secluded beach. But something about that place, that moment in time, and the mindset you’re in, combine to create a moment so perfect and serene that its beauty is magnified to the point of breathtaking. I experienced one of these rare moments last week when I visited Hamilton Pool for the first time. The swimming spot is pretty widely known among Austin residents, but it used to be more of a secret. The secluded pool is about 45 minutes outside of the city and on summer days, people flock there to escape the heat.
On this day, in early January, it was empty. It was a beautiful spring-like day, and the sun wound its way through the canopy of trees to warm me as I hiked the short trail down to the pool, but I could feel the temperature drop as I made my way down into the limestone cove. Hamilton pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago, resulting in a natural grotto unlike anything I’ve seen before. Water trickles down from above the mossy, stalactite covered ceiling, into the jewel-toned water of the pool. I sat there on the tiny beach for hours, my eyes closed, the only sound being the water and the voices of a few people who came and went, their voices a muffled echo bouncing off of the limestone. In moments like this I am completely at peace.
What’s the last place that took your breath away?