Get Ready for the Bluebonnet Trails
Bluebonnet season starts 1st week of April in Ennis. Two of the best blue bonnet trails we know about are in the city of Ennis, Texas and Brenham, Texas. But there are other places that have beautiful display of wild flowers.
In Ennis they strongly encourage visitors to call or visit the website listed below before your visit for the latest status each year, especially if driving long distances.Our flowers vary year to year, and the flowers peak at different times on each of our trails due to weather conditions, terrain, etc. SO please do check each year and feel free to call us before driving the trails. We will do our best to inform you of the best time to visit. Typically, for Ennis, the Ennis Garden Club says the 3rd week of April is usually the best week for viewing as the bluebonnets generally peak during this week in our area. Again, call us if you have any questions. 972-878-4748
MORE ABOUT ENNIS BLUEBONNET TRAILS!
Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the "Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail" and was designated the "Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.". From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These trails are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis to view this wonderful wildflower show.
Its Hot Here!
How hot is it in Texas?
It is so hot here in Texas that
...the birds have to use pot holder to pull worms outta the ground!
...the trees are whistling for the dogs!
...you learn that the seat belt buckle makes a great branding iron.
...you learn that in July and August it only takes two fingers to steer your truck.
...you realize asphalt has a liquid state!
The Battle of Dove Creek
The Battle of Dove Creek
In the controversial battle of Dove Creek on January 8, 1865, about 160 Confederates and 325 state militiamen attacked a large encampment of migrating Kickapoo Indians some twenty miles southwest of the site of present San Angelo. The Texans were routed after a desperate fight. On December 9, 1864, Capt. N. M. Gillintine (Gillentine) and a militia scouting party of twenty-three, under command of theSecond Frontier District, discovered an abandoned Indian camp. Gillintine reported that it had ninety-two wigwam sites and was located about thirty miles up the Clear Fork of the Brazos River from the ruins of old Fort Phantom Hill. A militia force of about 325 men from Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, and Johnson counties gathered under Capt. S. S. Totten (Totton). State Confederate troops of the Frontier Battalion were dispatched under Capt. Henry Fossett.
Fort Davis, Texas and The Buffalo Soldier
Fort Davis Texas and the Buffalo Soldier
Fort Davis stands unique among frontier forts in that it became the Regimental Headquarters for all four Buffalo Soldier regiments that served during the last decades of the 19th-century. Troopers of the Ninth Cavalry were the first Buffalo Soldiers to garrison Fort Davis. Arriving in the summer of 1867, they reoccupied the fort that had been abandoned by Union forces at the outbreak of the Civil War. In addition to helping construct a new post, they had the responsibility of protecting travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road, a segment of the southern Overland Route to California.
"Vegetarian" is another old Indian word for BAD Hunter!
Texas is the finest portion of the globe that ever blessed my vision. -- Sam Houston
Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back in.
If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
Don't squat with your spurs on.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Nobody but cattle know why they stampede and they ain't talking.
One good sharp knife is worth two of almost anything else, except women and horses, of course.
Any man who says he's not scared of nuthin' ain't never stepped on a rattlesnake.
Freedom of Speech - You can speak your mind and say whatever you want as long as you have a fast horse near by!
Always feed your horses and take time for your friends.
A good horse is never a bad color.
A pair of six-shooters beats a pair of aces.
Learn to speak kind words--nobody resents them.
Careful is a naked man climbing a barbed wire fence.
Don't wear woolly chaps in sheep country during the breeding season.
Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook.
An old timer is a man who's had a lot of interesting experiences -- some of them true.
Civilization has taught us to eat with a fork, but even now if nobody is around, we use our fingers." --Will Rogers
Keep the cook happy. - Wilkie Wiltshire 1899 - 1962
A poor ride ( meaning a horse or mule} is better than a proud walk! - Beula Wiltshire 1905 - 1983
There are 3 kinds of people: The ones that learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to touch the fire to see for
themselves if it's really hot.
Politicians, are like cock roaches, its not that they do anything bad, it is what they step in and mess up which is the problem! -- John Henry Faulk
Translation: Politicians in general
Leery - "This old crow has eaten enough field corn to know scarecrows sometimes carry shotguns....I've
robbed enough nests to know you can't enjoy eggs if you're picking buckshot out of your behind."
Be discreet - "Don’t make love by the garden gate because even if love is blind, the neighbors ain’t."
Be quiet - "A closed mouth gathers no foot......You don’t have to explain what you don’t say......Every fish ever caught had his mouth open."
Inevitable - "The girls get better looking when it's almost closing time....Every turkey has his Thanksgiving."
Impossible - "Two pounds of manure won't fit in a one-pound sack....Can't put a duck egg in an eagle's nest
and get an eagle.....can't pole vault with a pitchfork."
Rare Meat - "The brand is still smoking....Seen a cow cut worse than this get well.....If I got caught eating this in someone else's pasture, I'd go to jail for rustling."
Old Person - "The Dead Sea wasn't even on the critical list when he was born.....He's living on borrowed time and three payments are past due."
Ugly Female - "When she was a baby, her daddy had to tie a T-bone steak around her neck to get the dogs to play with her.....Her husband would rather stay
home than kiss her good-bye....She has to slap her legs to get them to go to bed with her...She'd make a freight train take a dirt road."
Ugly Male - "When he was a baby his mother fed him with a slingshot....his mother had to borrow a baby to take to church."
"No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that's in the right an keeps on a-comin." -creed of Texas Ranger Captain W. J. McDonald
"You just trot your own horse and don't get into the same rut as everyone else!" -- John Ed Patter - Grandfather of Sen. Barbra Jordan
The Buzzard is the only animal that will eat his friends!
At some point in your life, you are going to step in some crap, have it dumped on you or even thrown at you! But, take heart pardner, stay your course and always remember...Crap is water soluble! - CR Flowers
Any day your on this side of the dirt, its a good day!
There is four things a feller needs to have in this life, God, a Good Wife, a Good Horse and a Good Gun! CR Flowers
When visiting a foreign country, it's always helpful to know the slang expressions of their residents. To that end, we have compiled some phrases you might hear when you visit this great State of Texas.
The engine's runnin' but ain't nobody driving
Trranslation: Not overly-intelligent
He ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Translation: Not a very smart person
As welcome as a skunk at a lawn party
Tighter than bark on a tree
Translation: Not very generous
She'd skin a louse for the hide and tallow.
Translation: Very stingy person
Big hat, no cattle
Translation: All talk and no action
We've howdied but we ain't shook yet
Translation: We've made a brief acquaintance, but not been formally introduced
He thinks the sun come up just to hear him crow
Translation: He has a pretty high opinion of himself
She's got tongue enough for 10 rows of teeth
Translation: That woman can talk
It's so dry the trees are bribin' the dogs
Translation: We really could use a little rain around here
Just because a chicken has wings doesn't mean it can fly
Translation: Appearances can be deceptive.
This ain't my first rodeo
Translation: I've been around awhile
He looks like the dog's been keepin' him under the porch
Translation: Living in sin
Time to paint your butt white and run with the antelope
Translation: Stop arguing and do as you're told
As full of wind as a corn-eating horse
Translation: Rather prone to boasting
You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make em biscuits
Translation: You can say whatever you want about something, but that doesn't change what it is
That's a fur piece.
Translation: It'll take you awhile to get there
Don't worry 'bout the mule son, just load the wagon
Translation: just do your part and I'll do mine
Don't call him a cowboy, till you've seen him ride
Translation: Don't judge a book by its cover
She's been rode hard and put away wet
Translation: refers to an unnattractive, hard-looking woman
Translation: a heavy rain
Translation: also a heavy rain
Finer than frog hair
Translation: use anywhere you might use the word "fine"
Rarer than hen's teeth
Translation: pretty darn rare
Translation: to spill, as in "I jes' tumped over mah beer"
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, Mountain Dew, Big Red, etc.
Translation: Have you had lunch or dinner yet.
Wanna' share a little doo-doo?
Translation: Share a Babe Ruth candy bar with a friend.
You'r not a bad looking fence post.
Translation: Nice looking lady.
I'd rather be stomping yellow jackets!
Translation: Doing something you really dislike doing!
Well, bite my butt and call me a biscuit!
translation: I am so surprised!
I been tryin to put socks on a rooster all day!
Translation: You have had a hard troublesome day.
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