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Feb 15, 2013 - Just some pictures

Not much happening today, so I thought I would share a few more pictures with you. The last picture was really funny. The first car had Mexican plates on it, pulling another truck, pulling a dolly with a car on it. Headed south, for Mexico, I presume. And also legal in Texas as the police went by and never even glanced at them. Kind of a culture shock for us!

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Feb 13, 2013 - Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville

Today we went to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. We had heard good reports of this zoo from the other folks in the park. It was amazing! It is one of the top rated zoos in the country and I can understand why. It is not nearly as big as the San Diego zoo but is is really well done. Upon entering the zoo, the first display is the gorillas. There were a lot of young gorillas in the enclosure, running about, playing and pounding on their chests. Very amusing! We could have spent an hour there but there was so much more to see, so we...

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Feb 11, 2013 - Falcon Lake

Today we took a long ride out to Falcon Lake. This lake is where the Rio Grande River is dammed, about 120 miles from our site. It is a famous fishing lake in the region and is really large - 98,000 acres. The dam is 5 miles long and was a joint effort between the USA and Mexico. But because they are in the third year of a drought, the water level has dropped considerably. We parked on the original boat launch to give you and idea of how low the water level is. Mike estimates 20 feet. Spread that out over 98,000 acres and you can just...

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Feb 9, 2013 - Wildlife refuge (again)

On Saturday, we wanted to go bike riding again so headed over to the Wildlife Refuge. It has terrific biking trails and is about 30 minutes from camp. On the way, I had to snap this picture for you: Who would imagine that there would be a need for this business??? We saw many birds at the refuge, as you would expect. These falcons were really fun to watch. They were building a nest nearby and the male would pick us a piece of wood or grass, show it to the female, and if she approved, he would bring it to the nest. Sound familiar? These...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Back to Boca Chica

I know - how boring to go back to the same beach, over and over. But it is a great spot to fish and very remote. We have to pass through the Border Patrol inspection on the way back, even though we never leave the USA. The officers are very nice. I think they can tell we are not smuggling any Mexicans in. Mike hooked into a good size fish today but it shook out the hook before he could land it. We think it may have been a sheepshead fish as that is what one of the other fisherman caught. It made 2 good runs that actually ran the line out to...

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Feb 6, 2013 - Iwo Jima Memorial

Today we went to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial in Harlingen, TX. This is located at the Marine Military Acadamy. It is a private prep school for young men from the ages 13 to 17. It was started by retired Marines and is run with the morals and honor of the Marines. The memorial is the original artwork which was used for the casting of the memorial in Washington, DC. The original was presented to the academy because the Marine planting the flag was born in the next town over called Weslaco. He was killed in action a short time after the...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Padre Island Beach Day

Today we headed out to Padre Island to enjoy a day at the beach. It was perfect weather - 83 degrees with a light breeze. I just love these Texas Beaches! Dogs are allowed, on a leash. Terra loves the beach so it is so right with her! We found public parking right off the beach and spent the first hour just walking up and down the beach in the water. No jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-wars today so no worries. Then we got out our chairs and settled in for some serious people watching. If it wasn't for the "winter Texans", this place would be...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Jackson Street Market Day

On the first Saturday of the month, the town of Harlingen holds "Jackson Street Market Day". I had read about it in the local newspaper "The Winter Texan Times" (I kid you not!) and thought it would be fun to go. They close off a couple of blocks of Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen and vendors come in and set up booths in the street. There are all kinds of stuff for sale, from antiques to plants to used clothes to food and drink. Lots of junk, too, but someone must buy it! There were not too many things that caught my eye. Well, there...

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Feb 1, 2013 - Boca Chica Beach again

Off to Boca Chica Beach again! Since the wind has finally died down, we decided on a beach/fishing day at the very remote beach of Boca Chica. It is across the shipping channel for the Port of Brownsville. There is a long jetty on either side that is favored by fishermen. There were quite a few people there, for a Friday. The weather was perfect - 75 degrees, sunny and a light breeze. There were very few fish being caught but everyone was having a good time. Mike heard that summer is the best fishing season but I think we will be missing...

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Jan 30, 2013 - Raymondville

What a windy day! The temperature was around 72 degrees but the wind was gale force - 30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 mph. We know it was below 55 mph because the windmills stop turning at 55mph. All of the farms in the area have disced fields without crops in them at this time of year. The Rio Grand Valley has a 300 day growing season and January is not it! But the fields are all prepared for the coming growing season. With the wind blowing so fiercely, the dust was brutal. The wind had shifted overnight, from the north, and the...

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Jan 28, 2013 - Travel to McAllen

Took a ride today to McAllen, Tx. It is the largest city in the valley (Rio Grand Valley) and very busy. We wanted to check out the historic district. It was restored and looks like an old West town. But the area is very busy and we are glad that we did not decide to stay there. We did some shopping on the way back. There are larger stores in San Benito than in Rio Hondo, which is our temporary address. Shopped at a large supermarket, H.E.B., which is a chain of stores all over this area. Lots of Spanish being spoken in the aisles but...

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Jan 27, 2013 - Biking in the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge

Sunday morning - ahhhh... Took a walk along the river this morning and chatted with one of the park residents about fishing. He had been up at 3:00 am and had caught some spotted sea trout. He filleted them and handed us a bag full of fish! Needless to say, we had fresh fish for lunch. Mike cooked some potatoes on the grill and the fish also. It was very good and we have some left in the freezer! After lunch we went to the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife refuge again. We had been there earlier this week and wanted to do some bicycling around the...

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