This afternoon we went to lunch at Ciro’s restaurant in Weslaco and enjoyed a botana. We had seen these on other peoples’ table before but never tried one. It consists of a large platter, layered with quesadillas, topped by mounds or fajita beef, fried jumbo shrimp, fried sweetbreads, and french fries. Then the requisite refried beans, mexican rice, pico de gallo, guacamole and jalapenos were added on the side. The pictures don’t really do it justice. We have enough left over for probably 3 more meals. MMMMMMM good!
Tonight we were invited to a local jam session by two friends, Stephen and Sharon. The folks in the RV next to theirs had a live country music jam and impromptu picnic. We met lots of new friends, many from Canada, and had the perfect end to one of the best weekends since coming on the road. The music was mostly old style country music and was extremely well performed. It’s nights like this that confirm why we are on the road.
It’s back to work tomorrow but what a great weekend!
We spent the day Friday (22nd) on South Padre Island and went on a Segway tour conducted by Segvalley Tours. Wow! What a blast. Three friends, Corky (Michigan golf friend in SPI for the winter), Ed and Cindy (friends from the park), and Mary and I started off by picking out a helmet, then a short class on how to ride the segway. Real easy (they said you can’t fall off) and soon we were on our way. The tour of about an hour and a half saw us visiting about 8 sand castles that are scattered around the island. Each year they hold a competition late in the fall for people to build their castles. They spray them with a mixture of glue and water so they will last a long time.
Well, we have reached the mid-point in our South Texas stay. We are here until March 31st and then we head north again. This summer we are going to be at the Woodland Trails RV Resort in Ogemaw, Minnesota. We’ll be workamping again, with some outside maintenance duties and some inside customer service duties. Mary and I are excited about this for a number of reasons: Mary has childhood friends with a cottage near Detroit Lakes, less than a half hour from Woodland Hills; it is a smaller resort. Llano Grande is really complete but it will be nice to spend the summer at a smaller, quieter park; we are both “northerners” so we will enjoy being back up there for awhile.
We celebrated Mary’s XX birthday (or as she calls it, sinking deeper into seniorhood) on the 15th at Papadeaux Cajun restaurant in Pharr. Of course, we had soft-shelled crab on dirty rice, followed by bread pudding souffle topped with ice cream and bourbon sauce. Heaven! She also decided to go over to “the dark side” by getting a 7″ Tablet as a book reader. Those who know her are probably shocked since she loves paper books and an electronic reader for her is almost sacrilegious, but she loves it.
A couple weeks ago, we were surprised and delighted by a visit from Todd and Cathy Brady. Todd was the fellow that bought Techbusters. We went to a couple local Mexican restaurants and of course took them to Nuevo Progresso, Mexico, which is about 5 miles away. We did the tourist thing and they came away with a few treasures. We are happy they stopped to see us in their trip through the south.
Tomorrow we head for South Padre Island and a Segway tour.