Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog

Getting started

At Bensen Palms office

One of the Super Sites vacant for now

Super Site occupied

Super Site without a cabana

The cabins have a common area like this

View in the park

Inside model home




Many Javalinas

Green Jays

Baby Rattler?

Marilyn & Irene

Hawk watching skywalk

Heinz & Irene




Gilbert at Bensen Palms office

Sue & Ted

Yesterday was my birthday (Dec 31) and yes, I was a tax deduction for my Dad, a long time ago. :) Marilyn and I had our morning coffee in between phone calls from friends and relatives. I had many phone calls and e-mails yesterday and all were very much appreciated. Pat even called to sing Happy Birthday to me. Yesterday was off to a rousing start. :)

It was pretty foggy early but the sunshine burned the fog off in short order. It was a great day with clear skies, sunshine, and very little wind. The temperature reached 81 degrees in the afternoon.

Four couples of our group decided to go on a biking adventure to Bensen Palms State Park. We also wanted to check out the Bensen Palms RV resort, so we loaded the bikes into the truck and took off, heading west around 9:00 AM.

Once we had the bikes unloaded we rode around the Bensen Palms resort, after a courtesy stop at the office to ask a few questions and get permission to ride around their park.

The park is very neat, quiet, and has all of the amenities one could wish for, except that it is not close to any restaurants, grocery stores or fuel for vehicles. All of that requires a drive of 10 minutes or so.

We were very much impressed however, by the size of the super sites. Each of them has a double space with many also having a small cabana built on the site. They also have a grill and a firepit, with free firewood. I did notice that they have a temporary ban on open fires due to the dry conditions. I will post pictures of the park for you to see. They will allow reservations for next winter season to be made after Feb 15th.

While riding around the resort we met another couple who were riding their bikes and stopped to talk to them. The lady, Susan, recognized me from the picture on this web site. She and her husband, John, are from the Denver, Colorado area and have been readers of our blog for some time. It is a small world. :)

From the resort we rode next door to the RV resort where they sell all of the sites, and all of these are very nice, huge sites with a built in cabana. Next door to that, they are selling homes and home sites. This entire area is quite nice and I would expect some enterprising business men to put up a grocery, filling station, and restaurant sometime in the future.

Once we left the model homes we rode to the State Park and followed the trail for 5 to 8 miles by my estimation. We saw lots of wildlife with javelina, armadillo, green jays, kiskadees, chachalacas, and many other birds. We even saw a small snake which may have been a baby diamondback rattlesnake.

We stopped beside the Rio Grande and ate our picnic lunch while watching the traffic go by on Hwy 2 in Mexico, across the river from us.

We finally returned to the trucks and drove back to Llano Grande. We are going to discuss the possibility of spending next winter at Bensen Palms but haven't made a decision yet.

Our resort had a New Years Eve party and we had tickets for that, but decided to stay home and have a quiet evening. We have been on the go quite a bit and just wanted to spend an evening together with the TV.

I tried to find Ted & Sue to give them our tickets for the party, but they weren't home, so I gave them to Gilbert to give to Ted & Sue if he sees them. We thought maybe the friends of Ted & Sue would like to have the tickets.

Marilyn and I were asleep by 10:30 PM but were awakened by the fireworks announcing the New Year. We went back to sleep within a short time but were awakened once again around 4:00 AM by the high wind. Our coach is very stable but the cap to our sewer hose connection hangs by a cord and it was banging around, as was a wind chime we have outside. The slide out awnings also are quite noisy in high winds. We thought about running the slideouts in, which retracts the awning over the slide out, but couldn't convince ourselves to get out of bed to do that.

Yesterday was a wonderful day! Today will be more of a "couch potato" day with football and food. Hmmmm...

I just want to take a moment to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you loyal readers. I hope this coming year is full of wonderful blessings for you.

Well, it is time to get some pictures posted for you. I just can't wait to see what this day has in store.....

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