David Brendan Hall

Best Outdoor Shower

Barton Springs Pool

If we had all the time in the world, we would spend half of it at Barton Springs and the other half in the women's dressing room at Barton Springs. There's a skinny blond woman nude sunbathing in the grass; we can't tell if she's 24 or 44. Then there's a gaggle of girls whose voices and/or radios are heard but not seen. After a while, someone comes in and yells: "Is anyone in here named Jennifer? Your father's out there waiting!" and they appear like a flock of birds, snapping their wet, perfectly-combed hair back in barrettes. In the solar shower, girls and even boys are rinsed and in the courtyard a woman who borders on obese slowly rotates beneath the shower. We've never seen an unclad body as large as hers; she is not ashamed -- and we, too, find it beautiful.

Barton Springs Pool
2131 William Barton Dr., 512/974-6300

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