We left San Antonio planning to spend a few nights at Guadalupe River State Park, but hoards of people enjoying the river prompted us to press on to the smaller, quieter Blanco State Park. A hiking/biking path connects the park to the nearby tiny and idyllic town square centered around the courthouse. Russ enjoyed a leisurely dip in the river before we hopped on our bikes to explore the area.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was idealistic, persuasive, driven, and complicated. He never lost his love for the beautiful country beside the Pedernales River that he called home. I remember having mixed feelings about him when he was president – so proud of his vision of the “Great Society”, and devastated by the misguided choices he made regarding the Viet Nam war. He and Lady Bird donated “The Texas White House” to the American people in 1972, and Lady Bird continued to live there until her death in 2007. It was sobering to see the list of LBJ’s accomplishments, knowing that so many of them are currently on the chopping block.
One of LBJ’s best choices was marrying Lady Bird, an environmental activist before it was en vogue, with a passion for wildflowers. Springtime in the Hill Country must have been one of her favorite times.
Indian Paint Brush are also in bloom, and are often interspersed with the bluebonnets.
We couldn’t pass up the Bluebonnet Café for lunch where we shared a table with Nancy and Linda who were headed to the Rio Grande Valley on a birding expedition, and Lynett who was on an annual memorial drive from Austin, in honor of a friend.