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Dec 13, 2018 - San Marcos, San Antonio & The Streets Of Laredo

Thursday, December 13 Because we had two major things to accomplish Thursday, we opted to get up at 5:00 and get going from Hillsboro early. Our two goals you ask? First, we needed to make our annual stop at the two massive outlet malls at San Marcos (of primo importance to at least one of us), and second, we absolutely had to make it to Laredo in time to walk across the Rio Grande and secure our Mexican immigration cards before they closed at 4:30. Hillsboro has what I consider to be one of the greatest business combinations in the USA....

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Mexico 2018-2019

Dec 14, 2017 - The Streets Of Laredo

Besides a very good BBQ joint, the other thing Hillsboro, Texas seems to have going for it is an exceptional Czech bakery - and it happens to be right adjacent to a Starbuck’s for you know who. Even though I had already had breakfast at the hotel, I was planning ahead for my Thursday lunch, along with two breakfasts yet to come in Mexico. So what else do you purchase at a Czech bakery but six sausage and kraut rolls, along with a fat cinnamon roll to go with Jill’s Starbuck’s? Once we were loaded up for the day, on south toward Waco we...

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Apr 2, 2017 - Following the Rio Grande

We took our time this morning and were finally packed and ready to roll by 10:15. We were quick to stop, as WalMart was five minutes down the road and we needed to stock up on some groceries. Once the cold stuff was put away, we were back on the road, again. As we left Mission, we commented again on the surprising number of Adult Daycare Centers. We had noticed this from Port Isabel, all the way to Mission, and about half the way to Laredo they started to be less prevalent. We saw more adult than child daycares! Such a great thing to...

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Texas Again

Dec 14, 2016 - Reuben, Did We Advertise A Reuben?

On Wednesday we were again up and moving by shortly after 5:15. With Jill in the shower I was about to go down the hall for more ice when I got one of those “MURPHY!!” yells that can only indicate that something has gone wrong in a strange hotel shower. In this case, that self-same lukewarm water that was coming out of the sink faucet last night, was now pouring out of the shower head, with apparently no way to remedy the situation. Fortunately I managed to find a slightly warmer setting to allow each of us to ultimately get clean, but Jill...

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Gone, Gone, Gone

Dec 16, 2015 - The Streets Of Laredo

The Best Western Plus was a nice enough hotel, but their “included” breakfast was way too late for those traveling Nortons. We were outta there before the food doors opened at 7:00, with our sights set on a Starbuck’s some 25 miles further down the road. While Jill is the coffee drinker in the crowd, I am occasionally a bit partial to Starbuck’s baked goods. Along with her coffee, Jill often gets a couple of the petite vanilla scones, but today was different. Right next to the Starbuck’s was a “Czech Bakery” with exceptional cinnamon rolls....

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Oct 19, 2015 - Lounging in Laredo

It was an uneventful four hour drive from Seminole Canyon to Laredo where we safely pulled into Lake Casa Blanca International State Park. It was early Friday afternoon and the rangers let us pick out our own spot. We lucked out getting a pull-through site overlooking the lake. As in Seminole Canyon, we had stayed here during our trip north in 2009 so planned just two days to lounge around before heading on to our last stop and winter home - Retama Village in Mission, Texas. On our second day, we wanted to revisit downtown Laredo and in...

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Oct 7, 2015 - On the Road Again

"On the road again ... Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway" That song keeps playing in my brain ... and somehow it won't leave. For the next six months, we will be living in our 20' Adventurer RV. We've spent the first 6 days driving, exploring, rearranged our rig, playing music and trying to find an NPR radio station (public broadcasting somewhat like our CBC). After a smooth and simple crossing at Peach Arch, we're on our way. The border official asked if we had any liquor ... pause ... "Well, sir, if you combine all the bits...

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Feb 7, 2015 - Laredo TX, Lake Casa Blanca

After our return from the Pacific NorthWest, we wanted to get back toward the North end of the World Birding Center area, so we headed toward Laredo, and Lake Casa Blanca State Park. There wasn't much birding there, as it is on the extreme north end of the migratory flyway, but we saw a few ducks and herons, and had a few days rest. Larry caught some kind of nasty intestinal bug going through airports, so we spent six unplanned days at Lake Casa Blanca while he recuperated. It's nice to be retired, and we didn't have to be anywhere on any...

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Geritol Journals

Apr 22, 2014 - Laredo, TX

This morning I leave Big Bend behind and head out across Texas to Laredo, is a long drive today some 400 miles. Get into Laredo got a room at Motel 6, nice clean room but basic good for the night. Out for some dinner at a Mexican restaurant a couple beers Mexican of course, haha back to room for the night Next morning it was a walk in old Laredo, did't get into any gun battles, was nice and calm lol.

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Jan 9, 2014 - Laredo, TX

Thu, 09 Jan: Heading up the Rio Grande Valley... An easy start today. We arose on our own terms, e.g., no alarm, and got ready for the road. Since we had diligently taken care of many chores yesterday it was a short process. Bob pulled Carpe out of her space and we got Dinkum hooked up. Out the gate a bit before nine and right up the on ramp to US 83 (alson Interstate 2). Bob drove the first half to Roma. US 83 is a mostly limited access divided road from Brownsville to north of McAllen. Once out of the built-up area it becomes a four lane...

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2014 Travels

Jan 8, 2013 - Laredo, TX

We passed through Laredo on our way to the upper Rio Grande. I had high expectations of a Hollywood western town but it is just another American town on the Mexican border. Unfortunately it is cold and rainy. We are staying in an Texas State Park and it is VERY quiet, being midweek and lousy weather.

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Dec 5, 2012 - Laredo, Texas

Brrrr…..another cool morning. We woke up to +6 C, and this time we put on our chaps, and I also doubled up on top, wearing my heated jacket under my leather jacket. That kept the shivering down. As we approached Langtry, Texas, Turkey put his signal light on and veered off the highway for about 5 miles, until we rode up to Judge Roy Bean of Langtry, who was the “law west of the Pecos”. Here lies his original living quarters and saloon. Judge Roy Bean was the West’s most colourful justice of the peace, and ruled America’s last frontier in...

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