A Drive to Llano


These hills stand out. This is an 8 picture panorama.

I wanted to get out but was not in the mood to take a hike so I decided to go for a drive instead. I decided that I would head towards Llano as I haven’t been in that area for some time and I knew that the wildflowers would be blooming.

As I have reported many times before, I like to listen to Audiobooks as I drive as I find it both relaxing and educating at the same time at least from a writers perspective. I do not consider myself a writer but more of a reporter. I need something to write about as my mind is not sufficiently skilled enough to come up with plots and twists that leave the reader guessing. Currently, I am listening to “The Highlander” by Diana Gabaldan and am as far along as Book 4. When you consider that each book is between 40 and 50 hours or more of listening then you get a general idea of the quality of the story with it’s many twists and turns. On top of that, the Narrator is a lady by the name of Davina Porter who alone makes it so worth listening to. She has a delightful British accent and considering that the basic language and accent in the book is Scottish, she does a really wonderful job.

On the way, I managed to capture some pictures of the flowers along the sides of the road and also one particular striking piece of rocky hills. This is the start of the Hill Country after all. When I reached Llano, which I have written about before. (Use this link to view that blog) I headed towards Georgetown before heading down US 183 and back home. All in all, I covered almost 100 miles of the beautiful Texas countryside in the Spring.

A closer view of the rock face

The Beauty that is Texas


Sunrise in the Texas Hill Country

Sunrise in the Texas Hill Country (Photo credit: Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits)

The sun is shining, what a beautiful day
the rain filled clouds have gone away
but not before they left us with
rain on the parched soil of the plains
that my city sits on before the hills
rise to the south and to the west
for my city sits at the very base
of the Texas Hill Country.

Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country (Photo credit: Houstonian)

Travel South for seventy miles
and San Antonio fills the skies
a city with  history of battles fought
and won and lost with Alamo pride.

Travel West along Route 10
to Fredericksburg another place
famous for peaches that succulent fruit
and not far from there is Kerrville town
with a music festival of world renown.

By now deep into the Hill Country
with vision obscured by hills and trees
rise to the top and see for miles
and then to the valley far below

Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country (Photo credit: Smalloy)

For Texas is a land of change
a place so vast that it takes days
to drive from side and to the end
of countryside with flowers in bloom
or cactus and scrub to fill the view
of sights that change with every turn
oh what beauty we discern
out the window as we drive by
to the place where the land meets the sky.

English: Texas Hill Country, on Route 187 head...

Texas Hill Country just north of Garner State Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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