We stopped at the famous Balmorhea State Park in west Texas on the first day of our recently-completed road trip and had a wonderful time swimming in the huge, spring-fed pool there.
The pool is fed by a spring which flows at a rate of over 1 million gallons per hour and has a maximum depth of around 25 feet in places. The bottom is extremely slippery as I discovered when I didn’t take the sign quite seriously enough when I walked down the steps for the first time and ended up entering the water rather quicker than I had intended. Thankfully I narrowly avoided breaking any limbs in the process.
It turns out that the pool was constructed by the Civilian Construction Corps as part of the post-depression New Deal. I was extremely surprised by the number of Texas State Parks and National Parks we visited during our trip whose infrastructure was developed as part of that stimulus package. I guess every cloud does have a silver lining.
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