Swimmers pack Blue Hole to beat the heat on first 100-degree day

A swimmer cools off at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley on June 17, 2017. (KXAN/Chris Davis)
A swimmer cools off at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley on June 17, 2017. (KXAN/Chris Davis)

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — On the first day of the year to hit 100 degrees in central Texas, swimmers, both young and young at heart, filled the Blue Hole Regional Park swimming area to capacity several times Saturday.

Swinging into the heat of the summer, the people there didn’t seem to mind.

“It’s an awesome place to swim,” Meredith Bystrom said. “It’s really beautiful.”

The first time we’ve hit 100 since last year, Meredith was celebrating her own annual event: She turned 12 Saturday and decided to bring friends to cool off by swinging into the water.

“It’s refreshing,” her dad, Clark Bystrom, said. “It’s awesome; it’s a lot of fun, not too crowded, great place to be.”

It wasn’t too crowded because park official don’t let it get there. They only let in a couple hundred people at a time. On Saturday, the staff closed off the swimming area two or three times to let people filter out for a minimum of two hours before opening it back up.

Despite the weekend milestone, which came three weeks earlier than average for the area, park officials say it still felt like a fairly typical Saturday as far as the number of people they admitted.

“Got to cool off,” Clark Bystrom said.

As we creep closer to the real summer heat, Meredith and her friends said they’d be back as soon as possible. “It’s just a really nice place to hang out on a hot summer day,” Maureen Bystrom, Meredith’s mom, said.

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