The day you've been waiting for is here: we've braved the park rangers and potholes to try out McFaddin Beach, the 'unofficial' nude beach of the Texas Gulf Coast, and we're here to report back on the intricacies of skinnydipping on the Bolivar Peninsula.
We spent Saturday at Hippie Hollow, where there's still very little water in the lake and a long climb down the rocks to reach the water.
We're currently nursing two broken toes from a lake-related mishap, but more on that later!
What you've heard is true: Hippie Hollow is an official, clothing-optional Travis County park in Austin, TX. If you're looking for a safe place to go skinny dipping, this is it.
There was a time in the not-so-distant past that a person could drive straight through McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge on TX 87. It was a long stretch of highway with the ocean a few hundred feet off the south side, and beach-goers pulled off every few miles on summer afternoons. In 1990, however, storm surge from Hurricane Jerry washed out the highway once again, and it was permanently closed.
On a warm day in November, we loaded up two bikes, four sandwiches, and a bag of chips and headed down to High Island to see how far we could get along old Hwy 87. Driving down the beach isn’t for the faint of heart or low of clearance, so we parked off the end of the paved highway and proceeded on our bikes. The powdery sand higher up the beach was slow going, but at the edge of the surf the wet sand was like riding on a sidewalk.
A hawk was looking for a snack in the field nearby.