Sunday, February 28, 2010

The RGV Is A Wrap!

Wow, I can’t believe we have been here for two months.  I am not sure where the time has gone.  We have endured some cold days, some rainy days, and some really beautiful days.  But, when you are having fun the sun always shines.

We started this adventure off having fun and we certainly finished laughing and having fun!

On Friday, we decided to devote the day to just the girls.  And all girls know….

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It is Mandatory to look fabulous and

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fabulous we looked.  We gathered at the

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Vintage Tea Room for

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lunch.  Our lunch fare was chicken salad, tea, and lemon pie.  While several of us chose iced peach tea, a few chose hot tea.  Kathy

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instructed on the proper way to enjoy a cup of tea.

We all had a good laugh as we tried on

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hat after hat!

From the tea room, we headed to do a little shopping.  We found a discount clothing store that had only new merchandise from Macy’s.  Most of us found some great buys and were happy with our finds.  Then, we wanted to experience a true Ropa store.  These are found in large

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warehouses.  This one was closing as we arrived, but

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the one next door was open.

Now, this is not your normal department store.  Here the clothes are all used and are found in giant bundles.  You find what you are looking for by

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getting right in middle of them.  When you find what you want,

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bundle it up, pay for it by the pound, home you go!

Now, Arlene, just posed for this picture…let me assure you, she found NOTHING here she wanted to take home!  Not even

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this bag from this high end department store.  Ashley, I almost picked this up for you!

We laughed all the way home!  What a great day with a great group of girls!

Yesterday, we stayed at Retama.  We did a few things here around the motor home to start our preparations for leaving the RGV.  However, in the afternoon, we put the chores aside and headed out with Niles and Sue, our next door neighbors, to enjoy an open house around our park.

For those that are not familiar with Retama.  This is an ownership park.  The RV sites all have these cute

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Some were finished

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had beach themes, while some were very

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warm and homey feeling.  A great place to just relax.  Others had

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full kitchens and

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fold down beds.

But, no matter how they were furnished, it amazed me what the owners envisioned and how they finished a 12x20 building!

We enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, and cold drinks by the pool before retiring back to our own RV’s for the evening.

Again, a great day with friends.

Today, we spent the day finishing those chores we put aside yesterday.  Now, with all of those behind us, tomorrow will take us from the RGV to our next destination…..The Last Resort in Rockport, TX.

  For now, we say good-bye to the RGV and to the ones that we are leaving behind.  Safe travels to you as you continue on with your plans and travels and we hope to see you all again real soon.

For all that are going with us to Rockport, I am sure that the fun will continue, just as soon as all are settled in.  We look forward to another month of….who knows….so come along with us!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Rancho El Charco

After a miserably wet and cold day yesterday, it was so nice to wake up this morning to the sunshine and the warming temps which was just right for today’s adventure.

Retama offered a tour to the Rancho El Charco and we signed up.  So, around 2:30, we picked up Niles and Sue, our next door neighbors and headed to the clubhouse.  Once everyone was gathered, we caravanned to our destination which was only a few miles west of Mission in the town of La Joya.

We arrived at

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Rancho El Charco, which is a privately owned section of land that has been kept in it’s natural state.  Once we were all gathered, we

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loaded up our tour wagons and headed out!  We traveled down the old west

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trails enjoying some of the

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wildlife along the trail.  This is a female Black Buck which resembles an antelope.

Soon, we stopped for

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a history lesson.  We learned that this land was part of the original Spanish Land Grant.  We also learned that you can eat many parts of the

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cactus.  We sampled the fruit of the cactus, the prickly pear, which was served today

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as jelly on a jalapeno potato chip.  Yummy!

From here we went on a short walk to check out some

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old bison bones.

Back on our

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wagons, we once again hit the

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trail.  This time our wagon master took us past the

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old windmill to the

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Palapa where we stopped for a group picture.  This area of the property has been constructed for the purpose of parties and weddings.  There is a

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beautiful alter that has been build under the palapa.  And, the palapa sits beside

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this beautiful oasis.  This is man-made….not a natural to the area.  But, beautiful to enjoy.  We

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walked across the wooded swinging bridge and

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under the water fall and back around the small lake to where

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our friends were waiting to continue our journey.

Next stop allowed us to meet a few of the locals…we met

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this big tortoise.  Mark

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wanted to keep him.

We also saw

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a beautiful Peacock and

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a rabbit who wasn’t willing to share dinner with his other friends.  And, then there was

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the raccoon and the fox who were hanging out with a watchful eye high above our heads.  Next stop was to meet

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the newest member of the neighborhood.  This baby javalina is just less than a day old.

It was now time to wind down the tour portion of the trip, but not before seeing what else, but a true

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Texas icon.

As we reached our next stop,

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the dinner bell was ringing.  And, tonight’s fare was what else, but…

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Texas sized ribs, sausage cooked with peppers and onions, potato salad, and green salad.  And, yes….I saved my WW points for this!

During dinner, we were serenaded with

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some great old time country and western music.  A few of us

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stayed after dinner to listen while some of the others chose to take another walk down by the water.  But, by this time the Texas size mosquitoes were out and that left me inside.

But, as it was said by Willie Nelson,  it was soon time to Turn Out The Lights…The Party is Over.  And, all that was left of today’s adventure was

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this beautiful sunset!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Three Hour Tour

Today, we were up by 6:30 as we needed to meet everyone by 8:30 at Mac and Lynette’s.  Today’s adventure would take us to South Padre Island’s

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Pier 19.  Here


we boarded our

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tour boat.  We headed out past the

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Island KOA and the

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Coast Guard Station.  As we continued out in the bay, we saw

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shrimpers coming in.  We left

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the island behind us and started looking for what we came to see….the

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Bottlenose Dolphins.  They were having

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fun playing in and around the boat.  We traveled on out past the

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camping area at the State Park until we finally reached the mouth of the bay and the

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gulf.  Here we turned around and headed back into the bay.  Soon, we spotted yet another

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dolphin friend.  I think he was talking to

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Mr. Pelican, who was flying right overhead.

On the way back we passed by the

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Long Island Village.  All of these homes are built

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with access to the water.  There are row after row of these sites.  Soon we were at the

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Swing Bridge and the bridge operator

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swung the gate open wide for us to go through.

Our next treat came when one of  deck hands

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dropped this net out into the water.  A little while later, he hauled in

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our catch.  We had

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bait fish and

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squid, and

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I missed what this little guy was…because I was too interested in getting to

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hold the Puffer.  And, I am not sure he liked being held because when we put in back in the tank he

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decided to get really “puffy”!

All too soon, we found ourselves back dockside.  Now, included with the purchase of our tour tickets

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was lunch.  The choice was

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fish or

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shrimp!  Both were delicious.

After lunch and needing to do a little walking, we decided to do a little shopping while on the island.  We also stopped back in Port Isabel to do a little more shopping.  When we were shopped out, we headed back the 90 miles to Mission.

It was a great 3 hour tour that turned out to be an all day adventure and one that won’t soon be forgotten.  As I close this entry…

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my friend and I would like to say, we too hope you enjoyed our three hour tour and…

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