When searching for Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country, stop by LBJ Ranch, stay at Lady Bird RV Campground


TX-field_of_bluebonnets-chase_a._fountainAmazingly beautiful Bluebonnets will be blanketing Texas this Spring. And, according to ‘When do Bluebonnets Bloom?,’ “Bluebonnets typically bloom between mid-March to mid-April” And, “Bluebonnets typically bloom in the south first and later in the north.”

I have embarked on numerous outings over the years searching for those dazzling Bluebonnets (dating back to my college days decades ago at the University of Texas, Austin), and, more recently, one sweet search with my sister, Nancy Jean Butler, in 2008.

While wandering the back roads of the Texas Hill Country, a favorite destination has always been the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park. between Johnson City and Fredericksburg.

On one trip with my father, James Franklin Grandin, we stood on the front porch of President Johnson’s reconstructed birthplace home imagining the 36th president speeding across the countryside in his white Lincoln convertible.

The Ranch, about 50 miles west of Austin, is a wonderful place to pull off the road for a couple of hours and walk or drive through history. For more information, click on an entry I wrote on RV Short Stops.

As RVing Snowbirds, one trip, after visiting the Ranch, Jimmy and I camped at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park / Campground, just three miles south of Fredericksburg, TX, on State Highway 16. To read more about the Lady Bird RV Campground, click here for an updated post on the facility.

For one of the best sources on Bluebonnets and other Wildflowers in the Lone Star State, click on: “The Magnificent Seven: Corralling classic wildflowers from seven regions across Texas,” written by Melissa Gaskill.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Field of Bluebonnets (Chase A. Fountain, © Texas Parks and Wildlife). Below: Lyndon B. Johnson’s reconstructed childhood home. (Courtesy of National Parks Service.)


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