10 January ‘09
We’re finally there, that is, we’re finally in Brownsville, Texas. After leaving Falcon State Park a couple of days ago, we arrived to an 85 degree, 92% humidity day. We were only 40 miles away yesterday but we decided to stay one night at Wal-Mart and do a little last minute shopping before arriving here. Hell, we finished our shopping in about 15 minutes so we should have continued on. In staying at Wal-Mart, the “rules of the road for RV’rs”, no slides out, no chairs, bbq’s, no nothing out side of the RV while parked for the night. Yesterday we stopped before 3, it was hot and sticky, and it would have been natural to have put the chairs outside for a little breeze and a “cool one” but NO…we’ve got to play by the rules… Louise and I had a little chat about this and decided that this “dry camping at Wal-Mart” is only going to happen when it’s the last resort. I guess I’m most to blame for doing the Wal-Mart scene as I’m looking at saving the almighty dollar, or as Louise told me...your just being “cheap”. Well for the next 5 nights we’ll be staying in a very nice RV park and we’re paying a total of $128. I guess $26 dollars a night isn’t too bad considering that I can put my chair outside and use my bbq whenever I want. After arriving and pulling into our site, I started setting up for our stay. As I mentioned earlier the temperature is just above the comfortable area and the humidity is STICKY, resulting in having to change my clothes because of heavy SWEATING…I had almost forgotten what that was like… (I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about warm to hot temperatures and sweating when we’ve got family and friends that are freezing their bippy off up in the northwest…SORRY…). Seeing as we still had a few hours of day light left we decided to drive out to Boca Chica peninsula. This is where the Rio Grande flows out into the Gulf of Mexico, and we’ve been following the Rio for awhile now. We decided to take a walk along the beach and put a toe or two into the surf. The water was cool, but tolerable, the sand…really fine and really sticky… By the time we were ready to leave, a big weather front came marching in. The sky turned black, the wind started to blow hard, and it started to rain. By the time we got back to the coach the temperature had dropped by 20+ degrees … now we’re talking “normal” for the area.