Every spring in Texas thousands of wildflowers bloom and paint the roadsides with sweeping colors. Well today was such a nice day we went for a drive in route to the Texas Bluebonnet Festival in Washington County, Texas near the small town of Chappell Hill.
This small, scenic and sleepy town was founded in 1847 and now has a population of around 600 or so folks. On the second weekend in April, every spring, the population of Chappell Hill expands exponentially as vendor's of arts, crafts, food items, and “stuff” are everywhere as are tourists from all over the place. With no admission fees and parking only $5.00 this place has become the seventh largest festival in Texas.
Since we are in the process of ridding ourselves of stuff and large crowds don’t necessarily excite us, we went mostly for the wildflowers and a nice relaxing drive. Also, we planned to visit my daughter’s former fast pitch coach as he lives in the area.
Driving along the back roads of Texas the wild flowers were in rare display this year as we had abundant fall and winter rains. The Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) and the Texas Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) were everywhere as were the moms and pops taking pictures of the young ‘uns in the pastures.
We met our friend at The Lazy Mule Saloon in Chappell Hill. One of our weaknesses is we really like quaint “dive” bars and I figure we will be visiting a lot of them once we full time. This little bar makes some killer Crawfish Étouffée. Well we only planned on staying for one or two frosty beverages but after meeting several of his friends time went by rather quickly… we probably should have spent less time at the The Lazy Mule Saloon with our old friend.… but that too is another story…