Texas Wildflowers in full bloom – RV Short Stops abound

Texas Wildflowers (Texas Highways/Don Allen)
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Field of Bluebonnets (Chase A. Fountain, © Texas Parks and Wildlife).

Amazingly wildflowers blanket Texas each Spring. Now through June is the peak of Texas’ spring wildflower season. With more than 5,000 species of native flowering plants, the Lone Star State is known for its breathtaking vistas. Autumn wildflowers bloom September through November.

I have criss-crossed much of Texas searching for  dazzling Bluebonnets (dating back to my college days decades ago at the University of Texas, Austin). One sweet search was with my sister, Nancy Jean Butler in 2008, a few months before she passed.

Texas Hill Country

Wandering the back roads of the Texas Hill Country, a favorite destination is always the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park, between Johnson City and Fredericksburg.

LBJ’s reconstructed childhood home (NPS)

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.

On another trip, as RVing Snowbirds, 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.

Gardens (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

Speaking of Lady Bird, a restful place to stop for a while and learn about wildflowers is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a research unit of the University of Texas at Austin. The Center is devoted to the preservation and use of native plants. To read more about the Center, click here for another post I wrote for RV Short Stops.com.

Julianne G. Crane

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