Mission West RV Park and Golf Course
We pulled into spot #123 with plenty of elbow room all around us. The annual Winter Texans all crowd together around the golf course; we chose a spot up toward the road (and railroad track) with a few small honey locust trees. The first night our electric conked out, so we are plugged into the spot next to us which is now blocked off the map in the office. Our nearest neighbor is four spaces away, and they are nice big spaces. It really feels good to have some breathing space after being squeezed in at Suncoast for two months. We’ve been to the tiny doggy park a couple times, but it is so far away the dogs never make it before pooping. We never made it to the pool/hot tub. Somehow swimming in somebody else’s urine doesn’t appeal. I collected a few V.C. Andrews books from the library - I had scored big at the last RV Park in Harlingen on the last day. At midnight. A-hem. I’m reading the Dawn/Cutler series now.
When we came from Harlingen to check this place out, I had asked about the wi-fi. They told us it was free; when I asked if it was “Good” the woman said “Oh yeah, I just went home for lunch and it was running great”. She forgot to mention it is next to useless in the evening hours. Corny has been staying up till 3-4am because that’s the only time it’s usable. Even then you can’t watch videos. Definitely not able to Skype yer kid. I really miss chatting with Glenn! I don’t think we’ll return here just for that reason. I wish these campgrounds would take wi-fi seriously. Right now it seems they are all in the “Well, it’s better than nothing; we did just fine without it for __ years” mindset.
I really like southern Texas. It’s like Mexico, only cleaner. I can’t believe how many cracked windshields there are on the road. Insurance must not cover them. We have a Wally’s five miles to the west which usually isn’t very busy. There is a D.Q., Subway, McD and Church’s chicken near it. Five miles to the east we have another Wally’s, H.E.B. super-grocery and EVERYTHING to eat. There are Panda Expresses way down here. A Shepler’s western store, too. I got a new “western” bag at H.E.B. which I love - it is officially a tote bag, so I have room for everything. The traffic is much heavier and we have to deal with frontage roads if we go east, but sometimes we just have to suffer through it because Wally’s doesn’t carry Julio’s chips. On Valentine’s Day we went to a Luby’s Cafeteria - as we had hoped, they weren’t too busy.
We’ve been going to H.E.B. grocery stores more than Wally’s. H.E.B. has way better produce - local ruby grapefruit for $5/18 pound bag. It made about a gallon of juice plus the fruit that Corny ate. Golden delicious apples were .99/pound, bananas .38/pound. A 24oz loaf of bread was .88. Also if its early in the day, you can catch some of their donuts still warm. I got 2-3 donuts/cookies every time we went there. I would make Corny stick his head in the case to take a whiff. It smells like homemade Christmas sugar cookies.
One day while we were out for lunch, our engine light beeped and stayed on. We took the Jeep to the local dealer who told us to come back at 8am. We were hoping at least to get a reading, like they do within five minutes when you pull up at Auto Zone. I would’ve felt better knowing if we should be driving the vehicle or not. The next morning it took them a couple hours to read the computer and tell us it was a bad oil pressure sensor and they would need to schedule a day to keep the Jeep all day because the sensor is hard to get to. Corny got up at 7am then hung around the 1970s bus station waiting area a couple hours until they said “Oops, we don’t have the new sensor”. Corny took the Jeep back within a week or so and actually got it fixed…and answered their survey honestly…BEFORE he discovered they had put a screw in the wrong hole and the engine cover was on crooked. We had debated waiting until the next town (Laredo) to try a different dealership. BTW, the Jeep has about 4,800 miles on it.
The chihuahuas like sitting outside in their playpen while I read in the rocking chair. I’ve seen tons of woodpeckers, turtledoves, a herd of resident cowbirds and a kinda rare Great Kiskadee who came to visit us several times. One day I went geocaching and saw roseate spoonbills in a canal along the road.
I saw TONS of green and white Border Patrol vehicles while I was out geocaching - every half mile or so - when I visited two old missions very close to the Rio Grande.
Corny said this is a big drug smuggling area. The caches were all micros, so I wasn’t real impressed and only went out that one time. Looking back, I shoulda gone out more because you always find more than caches. But its okay. I embrace my laziness.
The last week in Mission I had Corny dump me and my bike at Bentsen Rio Grand Valley State Park. It is only a few miles from the RV park. Turns out Texas State Parks are Geocaching friendly. The one cache in the park was an ammo can with a certain stamp for a park passport book. I bought a pathtag in the gift shop. I didn’t have a lock for my bike, so I didn’t go to the Hawk Tower, but lemme tellya, it was a cornucopia of birds. Amazing diversity. The new ones I learned are chachalaca
I told Corny it’s a good thing we have to eat every day, or we’d have nothing to do… Other than eat, we didn’t do much while in Mission. It was very relaxing and I’m glad to have been here with the birds. Texas got more rain than usual and one RVer who has been coming here for seven years said this is the first winter that there has been grass on the sites. Usually it is bare dirt. That’s how they can charge $50/month extra for a site with pavement. Thank you God!
We don’t plan on loafing for another entire month until we get to Arizona or Las Vegas. We have several stops planned, like Del Rio/Amistad Nat’l Rec Area, Marfa, Tucson and Quartzsite, but it will be a night here, two nights there, etc. Maybe a couple weeks at Quartzsite. I’m really looking forward to that. I got new evening wear for Quartzsite - five pairs of men’s boxer shorts. Plus I’ve got a stack of books to tear through. Corny has been working hard to get the solar up and running. I’ve been reading hard and have a four-hour/day TV regimen: 3pm Judge Judy, 4pm Dr. Phil, 5pm The Middle, and 6pm Big Bang re-runs. Of course Survivor just started Wednesdays (yay!) and Thursdays are fresh Big Bangs. Life is Godd!