Ralph and Pat's 2017 Trip Journal travel blog

The museum enterance

In the beginning

Mammoth found buried in the Valley

Coahuiltcan Indians

Nice early RV

Ride um Girl


Our first Texas stop was an overnighter at Gulf Coast RV in Beaumont, TX. This is a really nice Passport America park with concrete pads, patios, well maintained facilities and wide concrete interior roads. This is one of the areas that were hit hard with the 2017 hurricanes. We were pleased to see that they survived quite well. The park provides all guests with a delightful continental breakfast featuring “bake-your-own” Texas shaped waffles. It’s a nice way to be welcomed to Texas.

The weather was turning cold so we cut our six day stay at the Thousand Trails Colorado River RV Resort in Columbus, TX to just one day. Our objective was to head further south in search of warmer weather. Our decision was good because the park had no sewer sites available and with an overnighter no sewer is required. We got the last pull-thru site which worked out great for us.

We arrived in the Rio Grande Valley at Lazy Palms Ranch RV in Edinburg, TX on 12/29. Coast-to-Coast parks like this one do not normally allow transient travelers during holiday events. Since this park doesn’t fill until after January we had no problem staying over the New Year holiday. However our strategy to find warmer weather failed, since most of our stay was not only cold, highs of 38 to 45 degrees, but also misty. The day we intended to leave was one of the coldest days we experienced so we extended one more day hoping for better weather and it turned out to be cold but at least sunny.

Ralph ran out of his gout pills and was in a gout attack on New Year weekend. We were able to contact the doctor on duty at our New York medical center and he was able to prescribe ten pills. We only wanted ten of these very costly pills because this was the last day of our Humana plan and with the Aetna plan for 2018 these pills are slightly less expensive.

Pat made her family's traditional pork and saurkraut dinner on New Years Day. This is supposed to bring good luck for the New Year. Also made mashed potatoes, a vegetable and had applesauce. Yummy.

We visited the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX. It features exhibits on the history of the Rio Grande Valley, as well as the rest of South Texas and Northern Mexico. The museum was originally housed in Hidalgo County’s Old Jail, a Texas National Landmark, built in 1910. The Museum has since expanded to three main buildings, and gives visitors a full understanding of regional history from prehistoric times and following through to the 20th century.

Collections include a giant ice age mammoth, and follow thru to Coahuiltecan Indians, the Spanish exploration and Colonization, the Mexican War, the U.S. Civil War, the Steamboat era, and the Cattle Kingdom. In November 2007, the final installment to the exhibits was unveiled, River Crossroads. The final stop on the tour, Crossroads takes the visitor through the prominence of the “Citrus Era” the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution, and ends the journey with most recent area history.

It was a miserable misty cold day, a good day to be indoors. The museum was entertaining and educational, well worth the $5.00 per person fee.

It’s nice to be back in the Rio Grande Valley where we see signs welcoming Winter Texans back home. We remember years ago on a visit to Arizona seeing a poster in a gas station stating “Happiness is a Canadian heading north with a New Yorker under each arm” or people in Florida stating “Oh s**t, the Snowbirds are back”.

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