Sunday, December 29, 2013
During our stay in Texas, we rented a park model at the Sleepy Valley Resort in Mission. You can view photos from our stay. They had a golf cart Christmas parade. We played golf, darts, and pool. We took advantage of our stay to take conversational Spanish lessons. The City of Mission is a great place to live and do business! With a mixture of old and new, there’s something for everybody in Mission, Texas. Located along the U.S./Mexico border, Mission is part of one of the fastest growing MSAs in the country. It has experienced tremendous growth in population, business development and its economy in recent years. The City of Mission is also widely known for ecotourism and is the premiere spot for birding in South Texas. Birders and nature enthusiasts flock to Mission for the World Birding Center headquarters at Bentsen State Park and the Texas Butterfly Festival. Come enjoy the warm weather and rapid growth that Mission, Texas has to offer. It’s the perfect place to do business or raise a family.
We decided to try one Winter in Texas. One of the advantages of South Texas, is the proximity to the Mexican Border. Most of the border towns in Mexico today are unsafe. One of the last crossings that is relatively safe is the small Town of Nuevo Progresso. You can park your vehicle in a border parking lot in the US, for 2$. You simply walk across the Rio Grande Bridge. There are a few good restaurants, but overwhelmingly, there are the dentists and pharmacies. There are literally hundreds of each. The town is rampant with street vendors. It's also extremely poor. However you can get quality dental work done for 20% of the cost of the same work done at home. So we took full advantage during our stay. The best place to cross in South Texas. Nuevo Progreso has become the crossing point of choice for tourists and locals who come back again and again. There's a new bridge with wide, covered pedestrian walkways both going and coming. Even better, when you get across that bridge you're right in the heart of the busiest, happiest, and most fun shopping place anywhere on the entire border. Despite the recent drug-related violence in much of North Mexico, there has been no US citizen involvement in Nuevo Progreso! One incident occured in December of 2009 between Mexican military and some drug-gangsters. No US citizen was involved and no one has been criminally endangered in any way over the past nine years that this website has been online! Nuevo Progreso is the safest place to cross on the US-Mexico border. 2/6/09 Why not click on the buttons to the left and see what it's all about? Great weather during most of winter makes it a must do for the 130,000+ Winter Texans who visit each year. There's shopping for all kinds of things: boots, booze, furniture, curios, cheap cigarettes, leather, pottery, clothes, and whatever your heart desires and you simply must have. Drug stores offer pharmaceuticals at great prices. Many dentists offer their expertise for keeping the teeth and dentures in great shape. Bite into a steak or seafood or fantastic Mexican food prepared by real Mexicans in fine restaurants. Enjoy music and ballet folkloric dance while you eat and dance. Hear street musicians entertain. Get your shoes shined, hair cut, and sun film on your windows. Stroll the streets while you sip an icy margarita or Corona for prices you won't believe. Come and let the friendliest folks on the border show you a good time! Bienvenidos a Nuevo Progreso, mis amigos!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Apart from all the festivals we attended, we took part in various fish fries, picnics, and activity days with our friends Ken and Rita. We took part in the Meadowlark Shores activity day. Also the Grandma Groves' picnic, and Lakeport fish fries. Here are a few pictures: We also took in a bit of beach and Spring Training baseball between the Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twinns.
After spending 8 winters in Florida, we've seen our share of wildlife. This year has been particularly active We encountered a multitude of gators, one who's found a permanent home under our dock. We encountered a bobcat while taking a morning walk on the Okeechobee levies. We have a bald headed american eagle outside our home on a daily basis. We've encountered wild pigs, snakes, armadillos, deer, turtles, and a host of florida fowl, most of witch, right on our property. We don't always carry our camera, but, Here are a few pictures: .