One of the greatest things about riding a motorcycle is the opportunity to explore the world in a way that puts you in the middle of your surroundings. Sure, you can reach a destination by car and then explore, but it just isn’t the same. When you ride, more than half the fun is getting there. My recent ride to the Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas is a perfect example.
You could feel the excitement in the air as we lined-up and prepared to leave. Everyone was ready to ride. Our eighteen-bike/two-trike ensemble cautiously made its way into the traffic flow and settled into a nice staggered formation for the hour and fifteen minute ride to Dripping Springs. Riding in a large group is special. It fosters camaraderie and connectedness…and it's fun watching the reaction of both cagers and pedestrians as you ride by. You can see the sense of wonder, awe, and even envy on their faces. Without a doubt, group riding can be fun, but I digress.
|The Waterfall at Hamilton Pool|
not sure who was more surprised, the Park Ranger trying to get all of us into the small parking area; the group when we realized there was a $10 per vehicle entry fee; or me when I realized I had no cash and they didn’t take credit cards. Fortunately, a friend spotted me the $10 and all was right with the universe again (thank you, Walter). Once we were off the bikes we walked down the quarter-mile trail to the “pool”. As we descended into the box canyon, I was impressed with the natural beauty of the area and then I saw it…the Hamilton Pool.
The whole scene was spectacular and so unexpected. In front of me was a large pool of emerald green water fed by a 50-foot waterfall. It was something you’d expect to see in Hawaii not Central Texas. We ventured into the collapsed cave behind the pool taking our time to soak in this natural wonder. It was amazing. As we hiked out of the canyon, I couldn’t help but think the experience was possible because I enjoyed exploring Texas on my motorcycle.