Bluebonnets are blooming and my car is covered by a film of oak pollen so thick that I have to use my windshield wipers to see; it must be spring in Texas! This year my spring break kicked off with a rare opportunity to don my cowboy boots when I went to the Houston Rodeo with friends. I was shocked by just how big the event was, we definitely only scratched the surface with our one evening there. Other than the alluringly appalling food, the highlight of my night was definitely watching mutton busting and the subsequent kids’ interviews.
I was happy to escape rodeo traffic and retreat to the Texas Hill Country. While in Kerrville, I went to a Music at the Mansion concert featuring folk singers B. Sterling and K.C. Clifford. I must admit that these performances were slightly more to my taste than Chris Stapleton’s at the rodeo.
Next, I really got off the grid and visited my grandparent’s ranch in Bosque County. It was a sweet time of jigsaw puzzles, utility vehicle rides, long naps, and delicious comfort food. Bizarrely enough, I attended a lecture given by trackers from Kruger National Park in South Africa and then we hosted them for breakfast the next morning… You never know who you’re going to meet in small town Texas!
I also made a quick shopping trip to Dallas. I ended up seeing quite a lot of Texas over spring break this year! 18th century elites might have favored the Grand Tour of Europe to round out their education, but I’d suggest that a Humble Tour of Texas is not without merit.