Texas Hill Country is roughly the size of Connecticut (think about that my east coast friends - a small region of Texas is the size of Connecticut) and sports rolling hills that never rise more than 1,900 feet. It was settled in the mid-1800s by mostly German immigrants. The most prominent feature of Hill Country are wildflowers, and I spent the morning at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
Side note: just outside of Austin is a town called Dripping Springs, Texas and its water tower proclaims it is the "Gateway to Hill Country".
I will start by saying that I really miss living near (enough) The Huntington. I continue to believe that one day I'll move somewhere with a lovely botanical garden that I love almost as much, but alas, the Wildflower Center is not it. I suspect that it is glorious during the prime wildflower bloom in the spring. So there will likely by a "revisited" post next year.
Beautiful rain gutter
These are called wine cups.
The gardens were lousy with butterflies and bees and other bugs.
And you know how much I love "inside looking out" pictures...
Mealy Blue Sage
I've no idea what these are, but they were scattered all over the ground. I couldn't figure out what tree they fell from.
Oh, and there is this sign posted at the trail head.
After the Wildflower Center I took the scenic route out to Fredericksburg the heart of Hill Country. I am constantly amazed by the places I go and how it seems so many of them have thriving wineries. There is totally a Texas Wine Trail, who knew?
Fredericksburg is a quaint little German town with a lot of shopping and such. Clearly, I did not shop, but I did eat at a German restaurant, The Auslander.
I got a semi-authentic German meal...
Y'all, this potato soup was so good!
That would be schnitzel (chicken), potato pancakes, spatzle, applesauce, and Bavarian brown bread. It was all super good.
For dessert I had apple strudel with vanilla bean ice cream.
After dinner I leisurely drove along the south westerly edge of Hill Country (although without stopping to take pictures) and then headed to San Antonio to meet T3. I look forward to driving Willow Loop (just outside of Fredericksburg and supposedly the best wildflower drive in America) next spring.