The central part of Texas is known as the Hill Country and is made up of mostly small towns with names like Boerne (Bernie), Schertz, Bulverde, Johnson City, New Braunfels.  At one time or another it has been home to Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Willie Nelson, Molly Ivins, Lance Armstrong, Tommy Lee Jones and Andy Roddick.  As you might guess, the area has a quite colorful history.

A favorite time of the year to explore the Hill Country is the spring when fields are generally alive with bluebonnets and Indian paints.

This year though has been so dry that blooms are not nearly as profuse, but there were some along the back roads.

 

At the Cibolo Fairgrounds near Boerne  crowds were attending a gigantic plant sale and loading up with native vegetation.

If there was any question about what to buy there were plenty of books with growing tips specific to the Hill Country.

For a little something extra, there was Sticky Cowboy honey, all natural and unprocessed.  The beekeeper  explained it was a natural source of live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healing agents.  Who knew?

The Guadalupe River  runs through the area, and with no rain the water was pretty low.

With tubing being a favorite activity on the Guadalupe, it’s going to have to have a lot more depth before tubers and canoers start working their way down the river.

Driving through Luling, there were a whole lot of pickups parked outside Luling Bar-B-Que, a sure sign that it’s a good place to stop.

Right next door was an old rundown theater turned antique cooperative.  I had to do a lot of looking to find a special treasure, but I did find a crystal bell to add to my collection and a couple of 1978 Spider Man comic books for a son-in-law.

I probably could have gotten a pretty good deal on this fur coat, but, hey, it’s getting to be warm weather so who needs it?

Exploring the Hill Country is fun just because it’s so different from the big city, and you can almost always count on a beautiful sunset!

Where did your adventures take you this weekend?

Linked to Favorite Things Saturday,  Seasonal Sundays and Blue Monday

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15 thoughts on “Hill Country Weekend

    1. On pretty weekends, the river can be just that crowded with young and old out to have a good time. When there’s heavy rain, the river can be pretty muddy; otherwise it’s clean. We’ve done lots of canoeing on the river and a bit of tubing.

  1. ooohhh yes I am jealous!
    The only plant I actually grew (indoors) really WELL was a variety of cacti that we nicknamed “Spike” but sadly he had to leave home when our children got mobile because he come with 10cm (6 inch?) spines that grew inconveniently at little kid eye level.
    sigh, he was a very forgiving plant and never seemed to mind that I sometimes forgot to water him, so seeing some of his friends and relations here reminds me that there might be a gardener in me somewhere.. one day.
    Those blue flowers! wonderful! and the “tubers” (that’s a weird word LOL) look like lily flowers on the water 🙂

  2. I was lucky enough to grow up with a second home in Ingram, up above the Guadalupe. If you cut me, I don’t bleed, Guadalupe river water runs out of me. It was there that Mother Nature taught me she was Boss, and we were here at her will, not ours. It’s a lesson we’d best be heeding. She gave us something quite beautiful, but we must be good stewards of it. Don’t Mess With Texas — or Mother Nature.

    1. My husband’s brother lives in New Braunfels, and we have visited him there. The river is the most beautiful I think I have ever seen! It was soo turquoisey blue (just made up a new word!) and the photos I took were breath-taking.

  3. Hi, Linda! Thanks so, so much for visiting me. I am STILL reading emails from when I was offline for over a month if you can believe it. It never ends!
    Your photos in this post are lovely — the flowers are gorgeous and that last photo is beautiful. You should check out my friend’s blog who is also in Texas: calamityanne.com (she also sells signs if you are interested!) She’s a lot of fun. Texas has some damn good people! 🙂
    Best,
    Gloria
    P.S. Regarding your question: I don’t have any ‘tips’ for uploading videos… I was able to do my latest post, uploading the Youtube video, but I even forgot how I did it!! I’m so sad… LOL!

  4. Linda, your photos are wonderful! Love the Blue Bonnett photo. How funny to see all of those tubes going nowhere in the water! I laughed about the pickups at the restaurant. We always say that too. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  5. What a fun weekend! The bluebonnets were sparse in the Dallas area too, but we never get any in Lubbock, so seeing ANY was just fine with me. Thanks for droppin’ in. Be sure to come back and comment for a chance to win some Mikasa dishes!

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