From left, Luke Shivers, Diane Shivers and Gabriel Allison prepare to enter the chilly water at Hancock Springs pool in Lampasas.
Hancock Springs Pool free-flows spring water through the pool into Sulphur Creek in Lampasas.
From left, Destiny Carr, Elizabeth O'Bier, Amber Meeks sit on the bank of Hancock Springs pool while Cheyenne Mickler and Audrey Kerns enjoy the cool water. All are sophomores at Lampasas High School.
Kids of all ages enjoy the cool, clear spring water at Hancock Springs pool in Lampasas.
From left, Chyan Miller, 13, and Jael Miller, 13, jump into the spring waters at Hancock Springs Pool in Lampasas. Both attend Lampasas Middle School.
- If You Go
What: Hancock Springs Park.
Where: U.S. Highway 281 South, Lampasas.
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Adults, $3.50; seniors and children, $2.50.
- But how does it smell?
After all, it does feed into the fragrantly-named Sulphur Creek. And even civic boosters acknowledge the aromatic component hydrogen sulfide in the spring water. Yes, that’s the infamous “rotten egg” smell. So, is the odor noticeable, and if so, how offensive is it, all medicinal values aside? You’ll get all sorts of answers from folks, but direct experience over the last decade dictates this answer: it depends.
Mostly, it depends on which way the wind is blowing. When you’re in the pool’s icy water or on the grounds immediately adjacent you normally won’t smell a thing. On Sulphur Creek, and especially the more you move downstream (away from the pool), you’ll probably detect a faint olfactory trace of sulphur, but nearly always this doesn’t rise to the “eww” factor — kids won’t turn into gagging, nose-holding embarrassments.
So the closer to the source, the better the smell. The further you go the more the minerals have built up, which you can see as a light bluish-white residue — and sometimes, yes, even smell.
Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 4:30 am
Updated: 8:09 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.
Posted on Jul 7, 2013
On this scorching midsummer’s afternoon in Lampasas the air temperature is more than 100 degrees, but the water at Hancock Springs is cold.
How cold? According to the scale on a Kodak deluxe darkroom thermometer (certified accurate plus or minus ½ degree), it’s a chilly 73 degrees Fahrenheit at the inlet. At the free-flow pool’s outlet, due to the constant, inexorable force of the springs, it’s only warmed by 2 degrees — still a goosebump-inducing 75. Cold enough that even the lifeguards gingerly ease themselves feet first, in slow motion, into the crystal clear water at Hancock Springs.
Or, use your
Sunday, July 7, 2013 4:30 am.
Updated: 8:09 am.