Spring is nature’s way of saying, "Let’s party!"
April in Texas. Best time of the year for me. After the brown of December, January, February and most of March, I've escaped from winter's hold on the bleak. Perfect weather has arrived. I sit outside and I'm not hot. Nor am I cold. The sun on my skin provides much needed Vitamin D.
Everything sings green. My garden grows.
Best part? No bugs.
Doesn't get much better than that. Except for when you head out in the car for a Saturday adventure. Country roads. Beautiful vistas. Wildflowers.
In the 1960's First Lady Lady Bird Johnson began a beautification project throughout Washington DC and America. Since she lived in Austin and also in the nearby Hill Country, her efforts are seen in abundance here as she saw to the spreading of wildflower seeds to enhance the landscape. You can read more about it here.
The roads surrounding us in Spring are filled with camera toting families, oil painters, and flower lovers cruising the countryside to find the best fields of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush along with many other species of yellow, white, pink and purple persuasions.
On Saturday my husband and I joined the masses and headed out with our friends Mike and Bonnie. I planned to drive so I could go as slow as I wanted and stop whenever to get a better photo. However, that bad wife in me felt sorry for my husband as I know he likes to drive. I offered him my car keys and listed the parameters of his task ahead.
1. This isn't a race.
2. We will need to go slow.
3. You will have to listen for "What a great place to stop." or "Slow down." or "Go back, go back." and comply.
4. This isn't a race.
Off we went.
Passed by the strawberry picking place and
headed onto the highway and then many country roads.
All of those merited a Stop the Car shout.
But this one, this one was just perfect. Took a turn onto a road that ended up a dead end, but, oh, my. Overwhelming find.
|Let's see that again.|
We came around this corner and found a perfect spot for a vista view.
|Any time you guys are ready...|
Shortly thereafter, my husband forgot the mission of the trip. I opened my window to take a photo and he sped up. Bonnie said, "Wow, what a perfect place to stop." He turned up the radio.
But gotta love the man for shortly thereafter he took a quick turn into a long drive that took us to this view
and a winery. Nothing like finishing out the drive with a wine tasting and a view.
After that, all we saw was just icing on the cake.
Ended up in the metropolis of Marble Falls for a big hamburger at Bill's.
Thanks Bob, Mike, and Bonnie. Fun day.
Happy Spring Northern Hemisphere.