This is swimming weather. A hot and sunny afternoon like we had today transports me back in time.
Before we moved back to Marble Falls, we spent almost a decade living near Jollyville in two locations.
From 1958 until 1965 we lived down Spicewood Springs Road, where I’ve written about breaking Shetlands, raising Angora goats, playing with copperheads and rattlesnakes and had every kind of adventure young boys could have ever wished for.
The beautiful Bull Creek meandered up through a nice peaceful valley from Lake Austin just below the Loop 360 – Pennybacker Bridge to the head of it near where we lived. Our mother would take us all along that creek when we were real young and let us swim in the many swimming holes. Many times cousins and friends would be with us.
After we were older and started riding horses we’d ride our horses or in my case my donkey to those same swimming spots. All were on private land but no one ever objected. It was a way of life for people to take advantage of the creek and it’s cool clean water.
It’s unthinkable now but as the road, Spicewood Springs Rd., found its way right along the length of the creek through the valley is crossed back and forth. At almost any of the crossings there was a rock bottom adjacent where people would drive their cars into the shallow waters and park, get out with buckets and soap and give them a bath. No one ever thought about the environmental impact of those actions. It was just a part of life.
Time and increases in population has taken a toll on this creek. The runoff from development has left this once pristine creek with a lot of algae growth and many of the deep swimming holes have silted up. It’s heartbreaking to see it now and remember what it was like sixty years ago.
The pictures below are a good representation of the beauty that we lived among. Just imagine how it was in the 1950s and 1960s.