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Mar 24, 2007 - cross the border to Pharr

Well, they've let us back into the country. We got up at dawn right along with a multitude of mosquitoes. Doubtless we have imported some of them along with our battered rigs and dirty bodies. The drive north was smooth and easy and the CB radios crackled with lots of last minute jokes, comments, and plans. Many of us will stay in the Rio Grande Valley for a few days and put ourselves back together, but then we will all head off in different directions for new adventures. Crossing the border is always somewhat stressful. We all stopped for...

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Feb 9, 2007 - meet the group

All of the members of the RV caravan have finally arrived. Everyone has been to the border and obtained the decals and paperwork we will need to cross expeditiously tomorrow. At least that's the plan. We are camped right on top of one another, which is something we will have to get used to, since Mexican campgrounds are not geared up for the behemoths we drive. The largest 5th wheel trailer in the group is pulled by a truck so large it could also pull an 18 wheeler and the Mexicans consider it a commercial vehicle. It is possible that this...

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Feb 7, 2007 - Mission, TX - Trip Across the Border

Our day started out with a search for a local dentist. Joe lost a filling last night. We were successful and he has an appointment tomorrow afternoon. We then packed up and moved about 8 miles to our new RV park, Trade Winds. We will all stage here for our departure to Mexico on Saturday. This park is much tighter and smaller than Bentsen Grove, but it's only for a couple of nights. After renewing acquaintances with Phil & Gayle, our wagon masters, and Hutch & Margrita, friends from the Copper Canyon tour, we set up camp. Our tailgunner,...

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Jan 21, 2007 - We have arrived in the Rio Grande Valley-Oleander Acres

This is the RV park that Dave's sister, Joyce & Virge have stayed at before and they got down here in December and were waiting to greet us. Boy was it nice to have them here. I'll bet the 2 months will go really fast. Dave is going to Mexico to get some dental work and my Mom is coming down here for 6 weeks, but she will stay with her sister part of the time. and Yipee... I get to fly my 2 older grandkids down here for spring break. Boy do I miss them so it will be really special to see them and show them around Texas.

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Jan 21, 2007 - Mission Texas

Arrived around 11:30 am, and went to a high school concert in La Joya, what a very good and creative group of kids. They played local music and danced to the heritage of old Mexico. Weather was in the 60's and sunny (lots of Palm Trees) when we arrived but they are expecting some rain this week. Spent the day with Ed's parents and are going to Mexico on Monday to shop and visit. We are going to be on the road again on Wednesday. We just loved all the fruit trees in the park here, and are they sweet. Hazel had a great time picking grapfruit,...

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Jan 20, 2007 - Mission, TX - Along the Rio Grande

We're now about 40 miles further south in Mission. Founded in 1824 by Oblate Fathers, credited with being the first to plant citrus in this region, the area is now well known for Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit. We've been buying oranges and grapefruit from roadside stands and it is really good fruit. We're staying at Bentsen Grove RV Park, home to a mix of Winter Texans and transients like us. Foxy is in heaven. Los Ebanos Ferry, about 17 miles south of here is thought to be the last remaining hand-drawn ferry in the country. It transports three...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Mission, Texas

We made it to Mission. We drove like fools that last two days. I wanted to be sure we would be in a place to watch the Charger game. The parts of Texas we were comming through didn't have many good campgrounds. So we decided to just drive 1100 miles and get to Mission. TV reception at our RV park is no good so we will be going to s sports bar to watch the game. The drive actually did my back some good. I still have to take pain pills. I have been taking them at night and basically none during the day. I wanted to be sure I had all my wits...

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Yucatan 2007

Jan 7, 2007 - Pharr TX

Our spirits lifted as we opened our curtains and faced sunshine and blue skies. Everyone in San Antonio must have been at church this Sunday morning and our trip through the final metro area on our route was quick and easy. As we drove the last one hundred miles toward the Rio Grande Valley, it was as if we were in an RV parade. Most of the license plates were from the midwest, although Manitoba has also lost a sizable portion of its population. The sides of the road were lined with what appeared to be police cars. A closer look revealed...

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Dec 11, 2006 - Mission, Texas

Monday, December 11, we headed for Mission, Texas. It is at the very tip of Texas and only a few miles from the Mexico boarder. The RV Park we headed for was a recommended and highly rated park. When I called them for reservations, they said there were openings through December but probably not after that. We decided to try it out anyway. After about a 3 and a half drive, we arrived at the Bentsen Palm Village RV Park early in the afternoon. What a beautiful park. Great landscaping and well manicured lawns. It is a relatively new park with...

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Dec 10, 2006 - Hidalgo, Texas

We went to Hidalgo, Texas and went to a pump house. This was the first Pump House was built to pump the Rio Grande River up 12 feet for irrigation purposes. It was built in 1909. When built it was powered by steam engines, then upgraded to coal and finally to natural gas. The new pump house is now 9 miles south of this location and is powered by electricity. The smoke stacks were 125 feet tall. Pump House are the reason south Texas is green year around and allows them to grow 60 different kinds of fruit and vegetables. The week was warm...

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Dec 5, 2006 - On The Road Again

Well, we are "On the Road Again" as the old Willie Nelson song states. We packed the T-bird to the roof, crammed Cady in and left home Monday, Nov. 27th. We spent our first night 752 miles south in Guthrie, OK. On Tuesday we took a detour to Duncan, OK to check on some property where Frank has inherited some mineral rights. We found the property without any problems. It consists of mostly grassland, fit only for grazing cattle. There wasn't an oil field or pump in sight. We figure that the only person who will ever make any money off the...

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Dec 3, 2006 - San Benito, Texas

It has been a quite week here in South Texas. Like the rest of the United States the big cold front hit us, but we did not get the ice and snow most people got. We had a full day of strong wind and the temperature drop of 45 degrees. We had our coldest night of the winter of 39 degrees. We did go to the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge and saw some buffalo, deer, birds and Nilgai. Nilgai were brought to South Texas from India. They weight about 300 - 400 pounds. The males have two horns that look like an upside down ice cream cone. We saw...

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