MacGyver and I drove 4 1/2 hours from San Antonio last Wednesday to Falcon Lake State Park, North of Roma, TX on the Rio Grande. When we arrived, it wasn’t as warm as we remembered. This darn cold snap had even crept in down here..BUT , shortly our weather has warmed up and I actually sat outside in the sunshine today in shorts…FINALLY!
So this is our new backyard, complete with sand, cactus, Mesquite trees, fire ants, and…..SUNSHINE!
I am trying NOT to get too used to this nice weather….They are calling for a high of 41 degrees Monday and Tuesday down here…HOWEVER..they are calling for –11 daytime high and –17 nighttime high back in Sandwich , IL. Dennis was a little nervous about our water lines back home. We did shut off the water in our upstairs bathroom (no need to flood the whole upstairs), but we never shut off the downstairs water…So, Den called our son, Kelly, and he went over to our house and turned of the water on the main floor and also the water to the hot water heater..MacGyver is feeling much better now..THANKS, KEL!!!
Here are a few more photos of our site here…This is the 3rd time we have stayed in this site..It’s one of our fav’s…
Most of these sites come with a parade of Javelinas, and many beautiful birds…Example is this Green Jay, right outside our back window.!!
This is the most empty we have ever seen it here..They have a lovely butterfly garden up by the Recreation Hall…and LOTS of deer. What I love most about this place is the abundance of wildlife..some pretty scary and some just plain pretty! It is very quiet and at night the Coyotes sing us a few songs in their local language of “howl”.
We go into Rio Grande City (about 35 miles) to get our groceries at the WalMart and H.E.B. stores. Rio Grande City is a very old border town and still has some neat architecture..I tried to get a sampling as Dennis zoomed through..(Dennis is all business when it comes time to grocery shop…GO IN, SHOP, GET OUT… and the traffic on Friday was horrendous!!)
MacGyver has been doing some mean grilling here…I try to give him the night off if the weather is too cold, but lately he is back as the “grillmaster”…Last night we had Cornish Game Hens…
I would like to do a whole chicken but the darn bird it too fat to get the cover on, so I guess a couple Cornish Hens will have to sacrifice for the better good!
This is a great park…but if you are looking for “shopping”, or “nightlife”, or “action” ..then this place is not for you…but WE LOVE IT!..Actually, if you love to fish for Bass, this is one of the best Bass fishing lakes in the US…And you don’t need a fishing license if you fish from the shore…
You will also notice a huge presence of our wonderful and brave U.S. Border Patrol…In fact, there was an accident between 2 Marine helicopters here in January 2003 while they were on a night mission helping the Border Patrol..A plaque hangs in the Park Headquarters, and there are 2 markers with their names and American flags on the park property .
Thank God we're going to try to continue and effectively defend our frontiers with the Border Patrol, with the Customs Department, with the Coast Guard, with the Armed Forces.