Made in the shade

A favorite getaway spot is one where there’s little likelihood of rubbing elbows with crowds of people, where the treetops meet to form arches, placing the roadway in a tunnel, and where the birds sing and the waters rush. The ostensible destination is St. Edward’s Park, but the true attraction is the very narrow two-lane byway itself. Old Spicewood Springs Road winds and winds, so serpentine that it seems to have no straightaways at all, and it encompasses several low-water crossings. Its accompanying waterway is Bull Creek, replete with stone ledges and little waterfalls. This haven has been particularly beautiful through the long summer season. The downpours have kept the vegetation green and the stream coursing along. This is one of the few places in town where the pale can forget about sunscreen and is one of those little corners of Austin where peace reigns, where cares seem a world away and so does Austin.

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