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RV-Able: Salineno

Just down the road from Falcon State Park, on Hwy 83, there is a sign for Salineno, and another announcing “World Birding Sight”.  The road passes by a few houses, pastures, and then comes to an old town center, which in interesting in itself.  Continuing on, the road squeezes between […]

RV-Able: A State Park First

Leaving behind a five-star RV resort with all the amenities, we have moved to a state park on the other end of the Rio Grande:  Falcon Lake. We chose Falcon Lake because: a) we were so impressed with Estero, and b) we heard there is good birding here.  Only a […]

RV-Able: Jay Invasion

Our time on the Rio Grande is winding down, as is my energy, so we decided our last outing would be a mini-bus tour originating at Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge touring the Bahia Grande unit. We had visited Atascosa the week before, but it was too cold, and my legs […]

RV-Able: South Padre Island

Our first visit to South Padre was windy and cold – 4 degrees celsius.  I stepped out of the car to photograph the ocean and soon popped back into the warmth.   Our winter coats were safely packed and stored under the bus, as we lovingly call our motor home. So […]

RV-Able: Boca Chica II

Boca Chica is a an expanse of sandy beach where the Gulf meets the Rio Grande, and Texas meets Mexico.  It is the last stop, past the border guard post, and is a protected natural area.  Apart from a few fishermen, we were the only ones on the beach. By […]

RV-Able: For The Birds

It’s been abnormally cold in Texas, and so we’ve devoted a few days to finishing up the interior painting we started last summer.  (Yes, procrastination defines us.)  Yesterday, the temperatures were back up in the double digits, so we set out on the golf cart and toured the property looking […]

RV-Able: Quinta Mazatlan

Lured by the promise of a rewarding birding experience, Ric and I decided to take the drive to McCallen and check out Quinta Mazatlan.  As usual, I worry about the amount of walking involved when visiting a new locale, but we were reassured by those in the know that there […]

Counting Birdies

“Have you seen any of those white-crested, pot-bellied snowbirds?”  one man asked us in passing. “Don’t see that one on our list; will have to write a special report,” I responded, chuckling. We were participating in the Audubon annual Christmas Bird Count.  Armed with mugs of hot coffee and tea, […]

RV-Able: Awakening

We came away with the expectation of adventure.  We freed ourselves of material anchors and set sail into the unknown with openness, excitement, and a modicum of healthy trepidation.  I knew we would encounter new landscapes, experience different foods and cultures, but I did not anticipate how travel would effect […]