There is a pecking order of sorts when it comes to the arrival of Spring in South Texas. You can tell it’s spring break by the appearance of the Texas Bluebonnets and the smell of Livestock.
The first sign that spring is about to arrive are the trail riders. While the temperatures are still dipping into the 30’s and Spring seems as though it will never arrive, the trail riders are saddled up and headed to Houston. Some will travel hundreds of miles by wagon or horseback to take part in a Houston tradition.
The second sign that announces the arrival of Spring is Mardi Gras. Galveston began celebrating Mardi Gras in 1867. The festivities were resumed in 1985. This is the 100th celebration of the Galveston Mardi Gras.
Followed by the beginning of the HLS&R which runs for 3 weeks.
But the clearest sign that it is Spring Break in Texas is the mass exodus of family’s, college kids and church groups. With cars, trucks, vans and mini-coopers loaded down with suitcases, duffel bags, ice chests and a weeks worth of snack foods. Where are the headed you ask? They are headed to the hills, the Colorado Hills!
Just when the temperature in South Texas starts to climb and the Texas Bluebonnets start to blanket the roadside. We Texans head West in search of a snow-covered hill and a pair of rented skis and a day pass. When we point our vehicles west our eyes are locked on the horizon in search of the first signs of snow and the distant mountain peaks.
The following week is spent getting our ski legs under us and our courage up to take on the steepest slopes with the rest of our Texas neighbors that have taken over the Colorado Ski resorts. Before we know it the week is over and our vehicles are loaded up and we are headed back to Texas just in time to see the fields covered in Bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brushes and Buttercups.
It’s Spring Break!