Border Patrol – Weslaco, TX

We signed up for a free tour of the Weslaco Border Patrol Station coordinated by the events team at Llano Grande RV Resort.  Our personal exposure to the U.S. Mexican border situation has been limited to print and televised news, seeing white pickup trucks with a green band, observing sections of “The Wall,” and our… Continue reading Border Patrol – Weslaco, TX

South Dakota Full Timers

After forty some years of systematically contributing a six-figure amount to the State of Minnesota, its counties and school systems; is it wrong to jump ship and choose residency in the state of South Dakota? We have been living in a travel trailer for sixteen months.  Within the RV community that qualifies us for what… Continue reading South Dakota Full Timers

Border Crossing – Progreso, Mexico

Last August we returned to our homeland, Minnesota, and visited family and friends.  We also scheduled medical and dental checkups for the same month.  My gosh planning several months in advance for an August visit, that required forward thinking.  For this retiree, that was a lot of mental work.  So anyway, while here in Texas… Continue reading Border Crossing – Progreso, Mexico

Laguna Atascosa

We drove 45 minutes to visit the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.  Did you know that Jaguars roamed Texas; I believe the last one was killed in the 1950’s.  Ocelots are nocturnal animals; we were not too hopeful of spotting one.  However from a distance we did spot a small Nilgai.  Years ago Captain Richard… Continue reading Laguna Atascosa

The Rio Grande Valley

We experienced a RV mishap in Tennessee.  I was purging the black water tank, only to discover that a small amount of water froze in a water line.  That in turn blocked the passage-way into the black water tank.  Water sprayed from a hidden plumbing connection point, pooled, and started running across the bathroom floor. … Continue reading The Rio Grande Valley

King Ranch, Texas

We stayed at the Seawind RV Resort in Riviera Texas for several days.  The Resort is on Bayfin bay along the Gulf of Mexico.  We took in a tour of the “King Ranch” during our stay.  The short story of the King Ranch is this: The Rio Grande river boat captain Richard King bought up… Continue reading King Ranch, Texas

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

We are invited to a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by current residents here at Winter Ranch in Alamo, Texas.  I'm hoping to read this proclamation before the meal.  It's something that just popped up on the internet, and I feel worth sharing. Washington issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a… Continue reading George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

From Minnesota to Texas, and Beyond

Yesteryear my sister, Leslie, and her then young family moved from Minnesota to Texas.  My earliest memory of that move was a phone conversation with Les telling me of a morning breakfast some thirty-seven years ago.  “Hi, Les how ya doing?”  With a perfectly normal Minnesota accent I hear, “You would not believe what happened… Continue reading From Minnesota to Texas, and Beyond

Nashville Cats

When we were shopping for a travel trailer we poo pooed an important feature.  It is possible to purchase RV’s with a winter package.  Why would we need that?  We are heading south for the winter.   Currently we are in Riviera, Texas.  The SeaWind RV Resort brochure lists the local weather stats this way.  Average… Continue reading Nashville Cats

Mammoth Cave – Kentucky

Since 1816, three different Hotels have been welcoming travelers.  What makes this cave system so remarkably stable is the limestone strata capped by a layer of sandstone. It is known to include more than 400 miles of passageway; new discoveries and connections add several miles to this figure each year. Mammoth Cave National Park was established… Continue reading Mammoth Cave – Kentucky