So here it is, the end of March. Wildflowers are supposed to be blooming, but it's so frickin' cold there's barely any flowers. Oh well, we're having a good time anyway.
On our travel itinerary for today we planned to shop and lunch in Fredericksburg, drive the Willow City Wildflower Loop, and go to Wildseed Farms to see the fields of wildflowers and butterfly garden, and have ice cream cones.
On our way to Fredericksburg we saw a sign for fresh strawberries (U-pick). Strawberries in March??? Wow. In Oregon the strawberries aren't ready until late May or early June. I made an "executive" decision and hijacked mom and Jan to Marburger Orchard where my sister and I picked strawberries. Mom got out of the car, but for some reason the honeybees were attracted to something about her. She had four to six bees after her. She decided to wait in the car. Not to mention it was cloudy with a cold wind blowing. My sister and I had picked strawberries as a summer job when we were teen-agers in Oregon. In no time at all we had picked almost 4 lbs. of berries.
Fredericksburg was a delight as usual. We walked, shopped, tasted samples of sauces, jams and jellies, checked out menus at a few restaurants, saw the Mai Baum (May Pole), and went to Vereins Kirche Museum in the Marktplatz.
|The sign behind us says, "Fresh Roasted Nuts." LOL.|
|Beautiful dish sets.|
|This way to the Man Cave.|
|For sale in the Man Cave.|
|Vereins Kirche Museum|
|Sculpture behind the museum.|
|Sculpture behind the Vereins Kirche Museum.|
|Fredericksburg Mai Baum (May Pole)|
|Columbine and roses.|
It's so much fun to have my mom and sister here. We are doing a lot and having fun.
With full tummies, we continued our exploration of Fredericksburg on foot. I walked them past the National Museum of the Pacific War. They were not interested in seeing the museum especially since it takes at least two days to really immerse yourself in the campaigns. We just didn't have that kind of time. Besides we had two bakeries to inspect: Fredericksburg Bakery and Clear River Pecan Co. which just happen to be across the street from each other. We ended up buying goodies in each bakery.
With our late start and time spent shopping, we didn't go to Wildseed Farms today. That is postponed until tomorrow. Maybe more flowers will bloom by then. Ha!
We did, however, go on the Willow City Wildflower Loop drive. In season this loop is supposedly filled with fields of gorgeous wildflowers. Not today. We saw some small yellow flowers, miniscule yellow flowers (we needed a magnifying glass), a few bluebonnets, some white flowers, and a few Texas paintbrush flowers. That's it. Other than that it was a pretty drive, but the flowers just haven't hit their peak. Bob and I will have to come back in about three weeks to see what it looks like and take photos for Mom and Jan to enjoy.
|Boots in bloom on the fenceposts.|
|A nice display of Texas bluebonnets (Lupinis texensis)--|
the most we saw in one place.
|White Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora) AKA Bluestem Prickly Poppy|
|A gate we like on the scenic drive.|
|Texas paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) just budding out.|
Also known as entireleaf Indian paintbrush.
|Texas Paintbrush and Texas Bluebonnet.|
|Looks like a wild tulip.|
Another good day, but did I mention there was a chill wind? We had mist this morning and this afternoon, plus a short bit of real rain.
I have one more blog to write about YO Ranch (yesterday). I will post it when I have more time.
We'll be up early again tomorrow to see LBJ Childhood Home, LBJ Ranch, Pedernales Falls State Park and Wildseed Farms. Have a good holiday weekend and safe travels.
Travel Bug out.