This is an overnight camping trip to a beautiful location near Spicewood (west of Austin). As most of you are probably aware, we went camping there in May, and it was really nice but it rained on us. We are hoping to go back to enjoy it in a little nicer weather.
Krause Springs (http://www.krausesprings.net/) is possibly the most beautiful swimming hole in the state. Situated on a bluff overlooking Cypress Creek, Krause Springs is actually two swimming holes in one. As the rolling ranch land begins its rapid descent to the creek and Lake Travis, the Krause home sits at a high point with the parking lot. At the next level below the house is the spring-fed swimming pool and below that is the creek, lined with towering cypress trees and a waterfall coming over a cliff covered with ferns. There are 32 springs throughout the campground, which made it perfect for the original Native American residents and now benefits latter-day campers and swimmers. Two springs feed the 70' by 20' swimming pool at a rate of 70 gallons a minute at a temperature of about 70 degrees. The springs have never slowed down, even during severe drought. The tent camping area is in a meadow above the creek with lots of shade trees and there are lots of hiking trails.
On Saturday we will depart San Antonio for Spicewood, and after arrival we will set up camp, hike, swim, and explore. The next morning we'll have several options: either hang out some more at Krause Springs, go to some wineries or explore area, or head over to Cypress Valley Zip Lines Canopy Tours (http://www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com/)for the Canopy Challenge (http://www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com/canopy-challenge.php) . (This option is only open to those who have already done the Cypress Valley zip line tour previously; several of you already pre-paid.) Please let me know in your RSVP if you plan to do the zip line challenge so I can make a reservation.
7/25 Update on the Zip Line Tour: I have a reservation at noon on Sunday for a party of 6. This includes Chris, Kathy, Roy, Don, Lindsey and Mark who are confirmed and all pre-paid except for Don and Lindsey (you will need to pay Cypress Valley directly on the day of). If anyone else plans to attend, please contact me ASAP and I will see if we can modify the reservation. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATES TO SHOW THAT YOU PRE-PAID!!
If you are doing the Cypress Valley Zip Line Challenge on Sunday, please visit their website (http://www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com/generalinfo.php/) for a refresher on their requirements, rules and restrictions, including wear closed toed shoes, no jewelry, etc. Also be sure to print off and sign another waiver form (http://www.cypressvalleycanopytours.com/download/CypressValleyLiabilityRelease.pdf), and bring with you on Sunday.
Camping is $10 per person, cash only, payable upon arrival.
Camping is primitive, but they do have restrooms and showers available. Kids are OK but no pets. No glass is allowed. Be sure to bring:
Camping gear (tent, bedding, lighting, cooking stuff, utensils/plates, cooler with ice, folding chairs, etc.)
Towels, especially if you plan on swimming.
Any toiletries, medications, and first aid you may need for the weekend, including sunscreen and bug repellant.
Appropriate clothing (swim wear/coverups, hiking clothes/shoes, a hat, rain gear, sleep wear, something warm in case it gets cool/rains, etc. - you may laugh but it was 50 degrees in May last time we were there!)
Food/drinks for the weekend for everyone in your party (lunch and dinner Saturday, and breakfast and lunch Sunday, as well as any snacks you may want).
Drinking water since the campground has no potable water (the water there is OK for washing and showers but not drinking or cooking).
If you forget anything, someone in the group probably has it. Also there is a convenience store just a couple of miles away in Spicewood.
Park at the NE corner of Loop 1604 and 281 North behind the San Antonio Credit Union. Arrive by 8:45 am so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. Please chip in gas money for your driver.
If you're not carpooling, we will arrive at Krause Springs around 10:30-11:00 am.
We expect to be back in San Antonio late afternoon on Sunday, May 17th.
If you don't want to camp, come and join us for the day on Saturday! It's only about 1.5 hrs from San Antonio.