2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Found these guys on a side road

The History Marker commemorate the last Indian battle in this part of...

Prickly pear cactus are blooming also

Prickly pears along the fence line

Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes

One of each

Not sure what this one is

Threatening skies

Breakfast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls

Abandoned farm house near Marble Falls

Vertical of the same farm house

"No Trespassing"

Dead goat among the bluebonnets

What you see when you look down

All bluebonnets




More bluebonnets



Bluebonnet Taverns, an abandoned dance hall near Lake Buchannon

Indian Blanket

When it's springtime in the Hill Country, wildflowers begin to cover the countryside. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and begin blooming as early as January down along the Rio Grande. I drove a circuit from Llano to Marble Falls to Burnet and then back to Llano and I wasn't disappointed. Bluebonnets have just started to bloom and will probably peak in a week or two. The orange Indian Paintbrushes are also blooming with a few Indian Blankets thrown in. I got quite a few pictures and I hope you enjoy them.

Driving into Marble Falls, I saw a billboard for the Blue Bonnet Cafe and it was time for breakfast. It opened in 1929 and moved to its current location near Lake Marble Falls in 1946. The restaurant is named after a blue "bonnet" or hat, not the popular Texas wildflower as you might think in this part of Texas. It been named "Best Breakfast in Texas" by Texas Highways magazine as well as several others. With that kind of reputation, I couldn't pass it up. Since was National Pancake Day, I had to order pancakes so I ordered the 3 pancake stack with sausage and eggs over easy. When the waitress brought me the plate, my eyes must have gotten as big as saucers when I saw how big the pancakes were. I commented that they were huge and I should have only ordered two. She said when I ordered them I seemed so sure that's what I wanted she didn't say anything. I worked my way through 2 of the manhole covers, the 2 eggs and sausages and a couple of cups of coffee before I couldn't stuff any more in. I took the remaining pancake back to Sue.

I'll be out tomorrow morning in search of more wildflowers and Hill Country scenery. Stay tuned.

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