In spite of significant rain Monday we went exploring anyway. It wasn’t the best day for a drive but the temps were in the 60’s and we were seeing new and interesting things. We are both beginning to appreciate that there are a lot of things to do here and it would take a long time to do them.
Even though it wasn’t a good day for birding we went to check out the next two closest Wildlife Refuges. The Santa Ana NWR and the Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park World Birding Center. Those locations are over 50 miles (one way) from Los Fresnos. So the places we choose to visit regularly could easily determine whether we would want Los Fresnos to be our long-term rendezvous point, or whether a site closer to them would be better. A lot will depend on which birding sites we like the best, and what other activities we find pulling us back time and again. Los Fresnos is great for access to Brownsville, Padre Island, and Laguna Atascosa as well as points not too far west. But if we find that we are spending more time at westerly destinations then Los Fresnos becomes a liability rather than an asset.
We have not been in this area since 2009, and we found another huge factor — for us — during Monday’s drive. The area between McAllen and Mission is far more heavily/densely developed. Traffic is much worse: there are a lot more stores/malls/restaurants there. We’re talking lighter than Milwaukee but still — it’s significantly more congested than where we are. Other RV’ers might crave all of those details, specially the restaurant, but not us.
Where will we live, where will we live?
On the Which-Site-Is-Ours front…. we talked with Michael and Carolynne today about changing sites and we picked a new one. It’s funny how a few days in a place can give you enough information to change completely how you view it. Before seeing the place with our own eyes were were wanting to be on the perimeter and out of the midst of activity.
After considering the drainage issues which won’t easily be resolved as there seems to be no city sewerage system this far out of town, and getting to know a lot of the residents we scrapped the perimeter idea in favor of a site that is centrally located, close to the laundry (for Peg) and has better street drainage, and a concrete pad. I’m doubtful we’ll get moved before the 18th. There’s rain in the forecast for this Thursday, and if it stays dry it looks like it takes the better part of a week for this odd terrain to drain.
So, there you have it. Another day in paradise. 🙂 Or at least as close as we’ve come in quite a while. We love the people here. But… I’m realizing that my Northern Midwestern personality needs to slow down & I need to sharpen my hearing. It ought not to be surprising for me to say that there are a lot of hispanics in the area — and for one thing so MANY of them seem so very soft spoken — I really have to listen more carefully when they speak. The other thing is that folks here really are friendly; I tend to be more business like — and I need to slow down; take time to exchange niceties before getting down to the business at hand. I really need to work on this. Once again today while we were at Bentsen-Rio Grande I was charging ahead of the staff officer at the reception and while I thought she was catching up to me, she was in fact ahead of me and I was the one playing catch up. I guess momma didn’t teach me enough good manners. sigh.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.