I've heard about Tyler's Azalea Trail for the last few years (it's 50 years in the making, but...that rock I live under keeps getting in the way). The official trail 'festival' closed last week, but the flowers are still in bloom, and I decided I didn't want to wait another year to mark this off the list of things I wanted to see! This afternoon after Saturday School (two more to go!) My Mom, cousin, and I drove two hours East towards Tyler, Texas.
Side Note: I love spring in Texas. Specifically, I love April on the highways in Texas. Bluebonnet highways, there are no words. There are not any roads more beautiful than when bluebonnets are in full bloom with their wildflower sisters. The end. I can't talk about this anymore, or I won't go to work this week...I'd have to head south down 35 towards Austin and get lost in the wildflowers. This year, in particular, they are amazing....so abundant. It hurts they are so beautiful. I digress, but it was necessary.
Once I made it past the wildflower lined highways, I made it to The Azalea Trails in Tyler.
The Azalea's are planted along the yards of historic homes in Tyler, Texas, which are beautiful in their own right. (There are more than 8 miles of historic homes with Azaleas, and two trails to follow via car, bike, foot...there is no way I could capture this in a picture, or a blog entry!)
You find yard...
...of pink, red, and white shades of Azaleas God carefully painted this season.
Apparently when the trails are in full swing, the neighbors who planted, and foster these beautiful flowers open the gates to their yards (front and back), and you have permission to get an upclose view. We were still able to drive the 8 mile trail and see the beautiful flowers, and historic homes, and even walk along some of the flowering pathways with minimal trespassing. :O) I didn't capture the beauty we experienced in pictures, I couldn't. You just have to go see for yourself.
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