I’m never not missing my home state, but I miss it most this time of year. The Bluebonnets are in bloom and endless outdoor adventures beckon as the temperatures go from hot to hot as hell! If you have some vacation time to cash in, I highly recommend a trip to the Texas hill country.
Here are some items to add to your Texas bucket list:
It’s illegal to pick Bluebonnets thanks to Lady Bird Johnson. She had a super cool name and played a huge part in beautifying Texas with her wildflower program. “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” -LBG
Just think of the wildflowers in Texas like art in a museum. Look but don’t touch!
Water so clear you can see the bottom of the river bed:
“Don’t mess with Texas” is real. Litterbugs be warned. Littering in Texas carries some hefty penalties, which is a good thing for all you water lovers!
I don’t know who these dudes are but they look like they know how to party! Jacob’s Well is one of the deepest underwater caves in the U.S.
Images pulled from Pinterest.
You’ll be famished after all that swimmin’ but you can still take in a breathtaking view of the water, while dining on Lake Travis.
Little towns, BIG personalities:
I knew I lived in a picturesque town but I never imagined it would turn into the tourist destination that it is today. I was one of the few kids in my school who didn’t have a German last name. Their grandparents were called ‘Opa’ and ‘Oma’ and mine were ‘Pappaw’ and ‘Mammaw’. So many kids raised and showed livestock, that the entire school got the day off when the county fair started. Fredericksburg is a German settlement nestled in the heart of the hill country and now offers luxurious accommodations,dining and shopping. That’s all great, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had a sausage Kolache or a Schnitzel!
Image credit: LandsofTexas.com
Let’s Go To Luckenbach,Tx!
If you want the ‘true’ Texas experience, you have to visit Luckenbach! So many people think it’s an imaginary place dreamed up by Willie,Waylon and the boys, but it’s a real “town” where, hippies,ranchers and tourists are welcome. It’s just a grasshopper’s leap from Fredericksburg. Feel free to bring your instrument of choice, because there’s almost always a sing along!
Big Balls in Cowtown. Bandera, Tx. Bandera is the cowboy capital!
Texas truly is like a whole other country, and you don’t have to be a die-hard republican to enjoy it. Texas means friendship and you’re sure to find some in your travels.