World Birding Center Locations and Best Time to Visit

The World Birding Center may sound like a single place but, in fact, it is a series of nine locations ...
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Port of Brownsville Fiesta Cruise with Osprey Cruises

It was a while coming but I finally got to go on the Port of Brownsville Fiesta Cruise with Osprey ...
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Nuevo-Progreso Tourist Day

Tourist Day in Nuevo Progreso

The border town of Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, honors tourists twice each year. Why? Simply put, tourists are essential to the ...
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photos of Alpaquita Ranch

Alpaca Ranch in the Rio Grande Valley

I had planned to make an alpaca ranch in Mathis, TX, the last stop on last year's fall RV trip ...
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Resaca de la Palma State Park

What is There to do at Resaca de la Palma?

Resaca de la Palma State Park is one of three state parks that are part of the World Birding Center ...
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Downtown San Antonio Walking Tour

For my recent stay in San Antonio, I purchased a 3-day hop-on hop-off ticket that included the GoRio Cruise. On ...
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Buckhorn Saloon and Museums – Not What I was Expecting!

If you ride the hop-on hop-off bus or look up things to do in San Antonio, chances are you'll become ...
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copper pot stills with text overlay: Educational and informative tour Dripping Springs Distilling

Dripping Springs Distilling Tour and Tasting

When you visit Texas Hill Country, you can go wine tasting to your heart's content. But did you know you ...
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photo of musket demonstration and map of the early mission with text overlay: The Alamo More than a Famous Battle

The Alamo – More than a Famous Battle

When I visited San Antonio in 2018, I knew there were two things I had to experience: the Riverwalk and ...
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San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown Reach – What to See and Do

I always feel full of joy and peace anywhere near water. For me, that is especially true on the magical ...
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Wildseed Farms – From AlbariƱo to Zinnias

When I was researching what to do in Fredericksburg and Texas Hill Country, several times I came across Wildseed Farms ...
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Lost Maples Winery – A Winery in Transition

I have been a member of Harvest Hosts since the beginning of my RV adventures in 2018. The program offers ...
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Tower of the Americas – Amazing Views

When I visited San Antonio in 2018, I didn't do a whole lot of research before I arrived. As a ...
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outdoor display of flowers on a wagon with text overlay: Natural Bridge Caverns A Sam Amtonio Must-see!

Natural Bridge Caverns – A San Antonio Must-see

If you love caves and caverns as much as I do, then Natural Bridge Caverns should definitely be on your ...
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five photos from Brownwood with text overlay: Brownwood, Texas Four best things to do in one day

Best Places in Brownwood Texas in One Day

While I was in Abilene, I had a great time visiting with other RVers at the Lolapalooza event. During the ...
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Frontier Texas in Abilene – Where the Old West Comes to Life

Museums are at the top of my list for attractions to visit in a new town. Even the smallest museum ...
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Asian Elephants at The Preserve

When I travel, I'm always looking for "experiences." Even when I go wine tasting I'm always hoping for something extra, ...
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Best Wineries in Fredericksburg, Texas

Although the Texas Hill Country AVA (American Viticultural Area) covers 9,000,000 acres (14,062 square miles), Texas Wine Country centers near ...
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travel trailer parked in driveway with text overlay: Fall Travel Plans A Conference and an RV trip

Fall Travel Plans – A Conference and an RV Trip

Oh, my gosh. It has been so long since I wrote a blog post I'm not sure I remember how! ...
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Texas White House with text overlay: State and National Parks in Texas Honor the Life of Lyndon B. Johnson

Both a State and National Park Celebrate the Life of Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th president of the United States from 1963, when President John Kennedy was assassinated, through ...
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wooden boardwalk with text overlay: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center – Jewel in the City

In 2003, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, set in the midst of an urban landscape near the center of the City of ...
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view of park buildings with text overlay: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park – World Birding Headquarters

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in a region that is considered one ...
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The Hidalgo Pumphouse Brings Water to the Rio Grande Valley

Prior to 1909, the semi-arid Rio Grande Valley was dotted with cattle ranches, mostly owned by Tejanos, Mexicans who found ...
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bull in arena with text overlay: Bloodless Bullfights, Santa Maria Bullring, La Gloria, Texas

Bloodless Bullfights will Continue in La Gloria, Texas

UPDATE: The bloodless bullfights have not resumed since the beginning of the pandemic and I have been unable to verify ...
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large cracked bell with text overlay: Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day Museum of South Texas History

Living History Lessons at the Museum of South Texas History

Even though south Texas has subtropical weather, that doesn't always mean sunny, blue skies. Such was the case last week ...
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green foliage with yellow flowers and text overlay: Discover the agricultural side of the Rio Grande Valley Farm Tour

Discover the Agricultural Side of the Rio Grande Valley on a Farm Tour

It surprised me a little bit to learn that the Rio Grande Valley is one of the richest farming areas ...
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rustic white chapel with text overlay: La Lomita Chapel La Lomita Historic District

Tiny La Lomita Chapel Played an Important Role in the Valley

One of the things I love about travel blogging is that it "forces" me to learn so much more about ...
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Rio Grane through trees with text overlay: Cruise the Rio Grande Riverside Dreamer

Riverside Dreamer Cruise on the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas

I first heard about the Riverside Dreamer a couple of weeks ago when I attended the Winter Texan Expo in ...
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harbor scene with canon firing with text overlay: Black Dragon Pirate Ship Is it just for kids?

Is the Black Dragon Pirate Ship Just for Kids?

From my very first trip to south Texas in 2014 to visit my dad, I was intrigued by the Black ...
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Crowd watching performer with text overlay: Winter Texans Why do they flock to the RGV?

Winter Texans — Why the Snowbirds Flock to the Rio Grande Valley

What, or Rather Who, are Winter Texans? It might be obvious, but for those who don't know or haven't heard ...
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Schulenburg Historical Museum sign at entrance with text overlay: Best places to visit Schulenburg, Texas

Best Places to Visit in Schulenburg, Texas

Schulenburg is a small city (population under 3,000) in eastern central Texas about halfway between Houston and San Antonio. It ...
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Photos from six blog posts with text overlay: Most viewed posts 2019

Most Viewed Posts of 2019

It's that time again when I get to write one of my favorite posts -- the most viewed posts of ...
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My First Experience Wine Tasting in Texas Hill Country

When I lived in northern California, a big part of my life and this blog was visiting local wineries and ...
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white church with text overlay: Home of the Painted Churches Schulenburg, Texas

Home of the Painted Churches — Schulenburg, Texas

There are as many as 20 painted churches throughout the Hill Country of Texas and at least 15 of these ...
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carved entry doors with text overlay: An unexpected delay - car trouble at Apache Pass in Texas

An Unexpected Delay — Car Trouble at Apache Pass

Car trouble. The possibility is always in the back of my mind when I'm traveling. I don't dwell on it ...
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barrels and a waterfall in front of large grassy field with text overlay: Visit the northern edge of Texas Hill Country AVA Texas Legato Winery

Texas Legato Winery — On the Edge

Staying with participating wineries through Harvest Hosts is one of the ways I discover some wonderful, and sometimes lesser known, ...
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Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park with text overlay: Discover all the best things to do in Glen Rose, Texas

Best Things to do in Glen Rose, Texas — Dinosaurs, Wildlife, History

When I made my trip from California to Texas last year, Glen Rose was one of my stops in Texas ...
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Exotic Resort Zoo — Wildlife Safari Experience in Johnson City, Texas

When I travel, I try to balance seeing some well known attractions with a few things off the beaten path ...
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Tunnel entrance at Old Tunnel State Park

Old Tunnel State Park — What’s the Draw of this Smallest Texas State Park?

Although the 16.1-acre Old Tunnel State Park in Fredericksburg is the smallest state park in Texas, it serves a very ...
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a seafood dinner with text overlay: Best places to eat in Harlingen, TX Readers' Coice Awards Valley Morning Star

Where to Eat in Harlingen — Readers’ Choice Best Places

I don't eat out a lot so, when I do, I look for restaurant recommendations from locals-in-the-know wherever I am ...
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typical authentic Texas barbecue plate with text overlay: Authentic Texas Barbecue Where to find it in the RGV

Authentic Texas Barbecue — What it is and where to find it in the RGV

I have to admit, when I was growing up, barbecue was not one of my favorite foods. Barbecue, to me, ...
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large aquarium and bowling lanes with text overlay: Best indoor activities to beat the heat in Harlingen, TX

Indoor Activities in Harlingen – When it’s just too hot outside!

The Rio Grande Valley has wonderful sub-tropical weather which makes for enjoyable outdoor activities -- most of the time. Some ...
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View of Port Isabel from Pirate's Landing Fishing Pier

Port Isabel — What to See and Do in this Charming Bayside Town

12 Best Things to See and Do in Port Isabel, Texas Port Isabel is a charming town on Laguna Madre ...
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Boardwalk and bird blind

Alligators Find a New Home at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center The lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas is a mecca for birders ...
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Sign at entrance of Museums of San Benito

Freddy Fender Museum is Just One of the Museums of San Benito

Moving to Texas has been an eye opener in many ways. For example, I wrote about how surprised I was ...
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Ibis Pond at Estero Llano Grande State Park with text overlay: World-renowned birding

Estero Llano Grande State Park — My First RGV Birding Experience

I have always been fascinated with birds. Years ago, while living in Nevada, I took a falconry class and became ...
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dolphins in bay with text overlay

Dolphin and Bird Watching on Laguna Madre with Fins to Feathers

One of the drawbacks of traveling solo is that it can be difficult to get into a small tour group ...
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bench overlooking lake with text overlay Texas State Parks Annual Pass

Will You Save Money with a Texas State Parks Pass?

Getting a Texas State Parks Pass has been on my list of things to do for a while but I ...
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Quinta Mazatlan Celebrates the Monarch Butterfly

I have been anxious to get outside and visit more of the amazing nature areas nearby but the weather has ...
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Photo of covered bridge with title text overlay: Epic 40-day California to Texas RV Itinerary

Epic 40-day California to Texas RV Itinerary

When I finally pulled away from the home I had lived in for the past four years in Pine Grove, ...
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A sub-tropical climate, with average winter lows in the 50s, means year-round outdoor activities. Museums top the list of indoor things to do in Harlingen. #travel #texas #harlingen #museums #birding

Museums and Nature Top the List of Things to do in Harlingen

The city of Harlingen is located in the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and is just ...
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Texas is a diverse state with a mind-boggling number of things to do. Bucket list worthy things to do in Texas by region recommended by travel bloggers. #travel #texas #food #wine #hiking

Bucket List Things to do in Texas by Region

When I moved to Texas a few months ago and started researching where to go and things to do, I ...
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Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, has more than 1500 animals, representing nearly 400 species, and is known for its success in breeding endangered wildlife.

Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas

Zoos may be a controversial issue for some but I absolutely love them and appreciate what they do. I love ...
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The International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas, has many interactive exhibits that are educational for adults and children alike.

International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) in McAllen

A couple of weeks ago, I went to McAllen, Texas, to meet up with a group of fellow RVers from ...
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Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game. Learn about the area while you have fun geocaching with Harlingen Parks and Recreation's Geo-Quest.

Geocaching with Harlingen Parks and Recreation

Geocaching first came to my attention several years ago when I lived in southern California. I love scavenger hunts and ...
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The museums of Harlingen, Texas, the Iwo Jima Memorial Museum and the Harlingen Arts & Heritage museum, top the list of best things to do in Harlingen.

Museums of Harlingen: Early Rio Grande Valley to WWII

When I moved to southern Texas, I started making a list of things to see and do, starting with the ...
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This is one of my favorite posts to do during the year. It is so fun to look back over articles and see what was popular and resonated with my readers.

Most Viewed Posts 2018 Edition

This is one of my favorite posts to do each year. It is so fun for me to look back ...
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The five missions on the San Antonio Mission Trail, as a group, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015. They are the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in the world. #travel #tourism #texas #sanantonio #missions

San Antonio Mission Trail: Visions of a New People and Culture

When I went on my first day of sightseeing in San Antonio, Texas, I learned that the Alamo is just ...
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I purchased my hop-on hop-off ticket, added the Rio Cruises River Walk tour, and made my way inside the Alamo to begin my San Antonio sightseeing adventure.

Best of San Antonio in One Day: The Alamo, Pearl & River Walk

By the time I got to San Antonio in mid-November, I had been on the road for 33 days. I ...
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Walker Honey Farm and Dancing Bee Winery in Rogers, TX, may be a little off the beaten path but well worth a visit for amazing raw honey and honey wine.

Boondocking at Walker Honey Farm and Dancing Bee Winery

I joined Harvest Hosts RV membership program to find some unique and interesting places to stay on my RV trip ...
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The more than 20 murals that depict various aspects of the Rio Grande Valley's history and culture, is one of the main things for which Harlingen is known.

The Murals of Downtown Harlingen

I just got back from a week-long trip to La Feria, Texas. I was visiting my Dad and helping him ...
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