Genre: Travel / Outdoors / Swimming
Publisher: The University of Texas Press
Date of Publication: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 240, 100 color photos
Nothing beats a natural swimming hole for cooling off on a scorching summer day in Texas. Cold, clear spring water, big old shade trees, and a quiet stretch of beach or lawn offer the perfect excuse to pack a cooler and head out with family and friends to the nearest natural oasis. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or an unforgettable summer vacation, let The Swimming Holes of Texas be your guide.
Julie Wernersbach and Carolyn Tracy highlight one hundred natural swimming spots across the entire state. The book is organized by geographic regions, so you can quickly find local places to swim—or plan a trip to a more distant spot you’d like to explore. Each swimming hole is illustrated with an inviting color photo and a description of what it’s like to swim there, as well as the site’s history, ecology, and conservation. The authors include all the pertinent info about admission fees and hours, parking, and on-site amenities such as showers and restrooms. They also offer tips for planning your trips and lists of the swimming holes that are most welcoming to families and pets.
So when the temperature tops 100 and there’s nothing but traffic in sight, take a detour down the backroads and swim, sunbathe, revel, and relax in the swimming holes of Texas.
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The Swimming Holes of Texas is a must have field guide for people looking for a place to take a quick dip in the scorching hot Texas summers. After thumbing through a few pages I decided to see how much it would grab my husbands attention since he is the outdoorsy type. Needless to say, he has already planned out numerous weekend trips for our family to do throughout this summer.
Swimming Holes of Texas is extremely informative; listing park fees, hours, rules, fun facts and things you can do while visiting without dragging on and turning what was meant as a helpful guide into a history book. To really hammer home the beauty of these places, Swimming Holes of Texas utilized gorgeous photography to really draw its readers in by giving them glimpses of where they could potentially spend their carefree weekend. As a born and raised Texan, I was thrilled to see a bunch of the places my family would carpool to when I was younger and am even more excited that this book will help promote the beauty that lays hidden away in this massive state.
About the Authors
Julie Wernersbach, Austin, is the literary director of the Texas Book Festival and a former marketing director at BookPeople, Austin’s largest independent bookstore. Carolyn Tracy, Austin, is a freelance photographer who works for an animal welfare nonprofit. They are the authors of Vegan Survival Guide to Austin.
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