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Jan 12, 2019 - Sabal Palm Sanctuary

We had one of the BEST birding days today at the Audubon Sabal Palm Sanctuary. I saw at least four new birds for my list, maybe five. I still have to record them and make sure. We enjoyed touring the beautiful plantation too, don’t miss this one if you are near Brownville, Texas. We had to cross one area that was actually in Mexico, they didn’t ask for passports or anything, we did have to drive past the wall and then reached the plantation on the other side. The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 557-acre nature reserve and bird sanctuary located...

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Nov 2, 2018 - On the Border

Gentlemen at the visitor’s center was very enthusiastic about his town. I probably had enough to keep me busy for the day after about 5 minutes but he was effusive about what a great place Brownsville is and how much there is to do and I really needed to plan to come back again sometime to do all the other things I wasn’t going to get to today. I think it’s great when someone is that proud of where they live. One of the things I decided on right away after talking to this guy was a bike ride on the Historic Battlefield Trail. He suggested I...

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Nov 1, 2018 - The Tip of Texas

Drive down from San Antonio uneventful. Several miles out it struck me the terrain had flattened out again. Austin had some hills. Didn’t really think about it in San Antonio but it was rather flat however there were a lot of taller trees so it wasn’t all that noticeable. Just south of the city the trees became shorter then gave way to open fields which really revealed the flatness. As soon as I got to Brownsville, stopped at a Denny’s for lunch then checked into the hotel around 3. That’s really about it. The only other excitement I had...

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Apr 3, 2018 - Date night, to the dump!

For a day trip. Mike took me someplace I have wanted to go to for a while now. Yes, we went to the Brownsville Dump! As in Sanitary landfill! There has been a very rare crow seen there. It is the only place these Mexican crows (Tamaulapis Crow) show up in the US. We drove in and looked around for a bit. Well. I looked around, Mike read a book. We saw hundreds of gulls that I did not bother trying to ID and a few Crested Caracaras, and Turkey Vultures. Then finally on the other side of the dump from us I saw a small black bird, that looked...

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May 31, 2017 - Charro Day's

Home, Brownsville, Texas. City motto: ‘On the border, by the sea’ When I was born there, there was a population of around 30,000. It isn’t that way now. My Brother lives here still and was able to find us a park for $275/month plus electric. This park is Gulf Oasis. Julie owns this park. It is small, not fancy. Very friendly and quiet. Dale and I got reacquainted with some of my old neighborhood friend’s. It was healing for me. Thank you so much Carmela and Kevin. I attended church where Jimmy, was the preacher. He was my next door neighbor...

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Feb 23, 2017 - A sad detour and pause

As life is, you go where it takes you. Unfortunately Mike's mother passed away last evening, we're doing three connecting flights (Brownsville to Houston, to Washington, Reagan to Ottawa) and twelve hours of travelling to get home and make the arrangements. As one friend put it, Oma was unforgettable, a little dynamo who really didn't like this last year in the retirement home, she missed being at home or the cottage with her constant companion Rex. She had lived a very full 94 years! We are sad we didn't get to say goodbye (but Niki, Matt...

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Texas Again

Jan 11, 2017 - Houston to Brownsville, with lots of fixes

Much has happened. Morning found us waiting at the door of the RV dealership (which has 22 bays for working on rigs)... What you don't have an appointment? They very graciously listened to our list of problems and took us in to look at our bus. By 11:30 (and lots of $$), we were sitting in the bus ready to roll, and noticed that the fridge didn't behave how we expected. But of course everyone in the shop was now on lunch. We went off to do a quick grocery run in the bus, and after having the tech's call our manufacturer, it would seem our...

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Texas Again

Feb 17, 2016 - Shrimp Tour

Nine members of the Haulin' HitchHikers Club took a tour of a Texas Gulf Shrimp Company. Tour season is Mid January-March, which is their down time. Texas Gulf Trawling is a family owned unloading and fueling facility for shrimp trawlers that was started in 1979. Originally established in Port Isabel, the company relocated to the Brownsville Shrimp Basin in 2010. The vessels at our facility are industry leaders in handling and preserving a fresh frozen product on board to ensure the delivery of top quality Texas shrimp directly from the...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Leaving Brownsville

Well it is finally time to leave Brownsville and head for Tucson. Got up early this AM to more rain. Cindy, Frank, Dave and Diane came to see us off. Bernice who has been our neighbor here all winter also came over to say goodbye. Good thing it was raining because there were a few tears. We had so much fun with these guys while we were here. We went to Mexico a few times, went to the flea markets,participated in a dinner play. We will miss the potlucks on Thursdays, the Bingo on Wednesdays, and I know Paul is really going to miss golf on...

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Feb 14, 2015 - Fair weather!

Well we have finally been getting some much needed sun. We have been able to use the pool and get outside for some exercise. We continue to stay busy with all the activities here in the park and Paul has been lucky and hasn't had to miss any golf on Mondays. We decided to take advantage of the good weather and go on one of the shrimp boil dinner cruises out at Padre Island. It was a 4 hour adventure and I couldn't help but have a flashback to Gilligans Island. As it was Friday the 13th, I just imagined what could happen on a 4 hr tour! It...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Rain, rain go away

It has been a while since I last updated. Not a whole lot to report. The weather has been okay with a few days reaching into the low 80's but mostly in the 60's with a lot of rainy days. I am not going to complain though as I have been watching the weather forecast for Michigan with all their cold days and the snow. We have made a couple of trips to Mexico with friends and it is not nearly as scary as what everyone was warning us of(up north people). We had a couple of Margaritas while we were there and picked up a few things (like Kahlua...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Happy New Year

Well we finally made it into a new year. We spent New Years Eve with the people here in the park. They had a nice dance with a DJ and snacks. We all toasted each other with champaign to bring in the new year. The weather has been a little chilly and rainy the temp in the 40's. It is still better than the snow and ice that family and friends are reporting to us from MI, not to mention the frigid temps of below zero. We continue to enjoy the activities offered here in the park. It is fun to enjoy all the different dishes that are brought to...

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