Tejas Chapter
Annual Bluebonnet Drive

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Planned by John Hughan
Mark your calendars for our annual Texas Bluebonnet Drive! This cruise will take us through the famous Willow City Loop, home to the lovely Texas Bluebonnet flower. Last year we arrived too late for the bluebonnets, so this year we’re having this event a month earlier! But whatever happens, the Willow City Loop also features fantastic vistas thanks to its unique geology. Nearby Fredericksburg, where we will have lunch, is a step into Texas' German history. This is one of our most popular events, don't miss out!
9:00am - Meet at the "Y" in Oakhill (US 290 and SH 71), in the parking lot in front of Gatti's;
(get directions)

Driver meeting at 9:15am;

Take off driving at 9:30am.

Coffee and bathrooms are available at several locations nearby.

Then take a nice drive on 290 and hill country back roads to Johnson City for a coffee/bathroom break.

From there we will turn northwest, bound for the Willow City Loop.

Willow City Loop is 13 miles of country road winding its way through some of the oldest and most unique geology in central Texas. This spectacular, rugged terrain is awe-inspiring any time of the year and gorgeous during wildflower season.
The two-lane road winds through canyons carved by picturesque Coal Creek, and over hill tops where the views are stunning. In wildflower season (March - April), the hillsides and low-lying meadows are ablaze with the colors of a multitude of wildflower varieties. Mesquite, pecan, and live oak trees thrive, and there is an abundance of wildlife. All land along the Loop is privately owned.
After the Loop we'll make our way to the historic city of Fredericksburg, arriving around 12:15, where lunch will await us at Hondo's. Best known for their Donut Burgers (a patty shaped like a donut, not a donut in a bun!), Hondo's will have a menu just for us featuring some of their most popular specialties. Weather-permitting we will even be able to dine in their outdoor area, which has both open and covered seating available.
The cost for lunch will be $18. All orders are placed inside at the counter. To ensure the most efficient service, please order together with your table and mention that you are with BMW CCA Tejas.
The event will conclude with lunch, leaving you free to walk along historic Main St and browse its wide variety of shops. Just 2 miles east on 290 from Hondo's there's also the Texas Rock Art Company, which features all manner of custom engraved rocks. Or finally, 8 miles east on 290 from Hondo's you will find the Texas Wildseed Farms, which has enormous wildflower fields in bloom from March through October; they will also have live music until 4:00 pm on the day of the event.
If you have a two-way radio, bring it. They enhance the enjoyment of the drive!

Who attended

Year Model People
Year Model People
Ara Aslanian 2002 M3 3 Vishal Maharaj 2009 335i 2
John Beneat 2011 M3 2 David & Marjorie Mann 1998 Z3 2
Don & Esther Bishop 2007 M Cpe 2 Daniel Mazza ? ? 1
Tom Brown 1995 325iC 2 Glenn & Sandy McConnell 2001 Z3 2
Josh Butts 2006 M Rdstr 2 Brad Mitchell 2001 Z3 1
Ken Carson 1999 M Rdstr 1 Jeff Moore 2007 Z4 2
Jonna Clark 2008 M Cpe 1 Sergio Murillo 2011 M3 2
Tim Cook 2006 M Rdstr 2 Jon Nolting ? ? 2
Marco & Mary Beth Cordon 2007 Z4 2 Philip Nybro 2007 328i 3
Tom & Gay Dawson 2010 Z4 2 Ken Ormsby 2008 335i 2
Harold Downey 2007 328i 2 Jonathan Pearson 2003 Z4 2
Albert Estrada 2001 M Rdstr 2 John Price 2006 330Ci 2
Jeff Gifford 1991 318iS 2 Hector Sanchez 2008 M3 2
Charley Gray 2011 335i 2 Mike & Jean Sevel 2008 328i 2
Alan & Jan Greene 2013 335i 2 Darren & Samantha Sillett 2009 550i 2
John Hughan 2011 M3 2 Jeffrey Simonton 2010 335i 1
Ivan Jackson 2008 M5 2 Michael Sun 2011 M3 2
Terry Jones 2008 Z4 Cpe 2 Jay & Starr West 2011 135i 2
Mike Keung 2012 328i 2 Don & Susan Yule 1998 M Rdstr 2
Herb Looney 2006 M3 1 Trent Zou 2009 Z4 1
        Total 40 75