Farewell to South Texas

8 04 2011

We packed up and headed out of the south Rio Grande Valley about 10:30 this morning. We’ve had a great time enjoying the warm weather and exploring our favorite places from Mission, TX to South Padre Island. As has become tradition, we spent an afternoon across the border in Mexico, doing a bit of Tequila shopping and having an authentic Mexican lunch along with $1 Mexican cervazas. The recent drug wars have undoubtedly deterred some, but Progresso was still fairly busy with Winter Texans. And, as in past years, we experienced nothing but welcoming shop owners and street vendors. There was certainly no sense of the violence that has disrupted other larger border cities.

Earlier in the week we spent an afternoon on South Padre Island. The beaches were unusually busy even though Spring Break officially ended last weekend. Occupying the very southern tip of the Island is Isla Blanca Park with nearly 600 RV spaces. Some day we’d like to stay here in one of the largest RV campgrounds in the state. Within walking distance are beautiful beaches, fishing piers and several bars and restaurants.

Last night we celebrated my birthday and had a farewell dinner with a friends and family at a local Harlingen Mexican food restaurant. Thanks to everyone that has made this yet another unforgettable winter get-away. We really enjoy spending the time with each of you every year.

In yet another change of route, today we’re headed toward Austin instead of Kerrville as originally planned. After our good experience at South Llano River State Park, we have opted to explore one more Texas park, McKinney Falls State Park near Austin. This routing will place us a bit further east making the drive toward the Texas panhandle longer tomorrow. More from McKinney Falls.

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