Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Bluebonnet Festival – Chappell Hill, Tx…

 100_2970 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.

paintbrush 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 largebb2 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.

phlox We had a really nice and pleasant day amongst the wildflowers.  This is how we envision we will spending more of our time in retirement. 

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…


  1. Ohhh I would LOVE some crawfish etouffee! yummmmm

    Your flower photos are just amazing and colorful, you take great shots!

    Karen and Steve

  2. We recently purchased our first RV. Took it to Palmetto SP over Easter weekend for its maiden voyage. What a kick. The wildflowers were everywhere. Hubby took pictures and I played around with my new camcorder. I certainly hope we get to full-time someday. I am ready now, but hubby likes our lifestyle. So we will probably just take long vacations. We are planning a Yellowstone vacation in late May... cannot wait.

    Anyway good luck with your RV search. Took us about 5 months to pick one out and buy it. Then we had to wait 4 months to take-r-out.... you know that thing call workin....

  3. Karen, cajun food is one of my weaknesses and although I can make some there are others that can make it better.