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Already A Month....

We've been staying in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) now for a month and it seems like we arrived just yesterday!  We've met a lot of great people and have been welcomed since day one.  The problem, if you can call it that, is that when you make good friends on the road, eventually one of you moves on.  We experienced that first hand when we met Russ and Linda on New Years Eve.  They are originally from Texas and we seemed to have a bond as soon as we were introduced (it didn't hurt that Russ was wearing his cowboy hat!).  We discovered that we attended the same church and had many similar life experiences.  We stopped by their place on our daily walks and enjoyed each other's company.  The problem - they packed up and moved up to west Texas for a three month job with an oil company.  I'm sure we will see them again, but it seems there is a hole left in our daily routine.

Don't get me wrong....they aren't the only folks that we call friends since we've be…

Welcome to The Valley!

"The Valley", as the locals like to call it, is actually the Rio Grande Valley.  It sits in the very southern tip of Texas.  We arrived on Sunday the 30th and were immediately surrounded by the folks that had already established their presence here for the winter.  The locals call us "Winter Texans", and there are signs everywhere stating "Welcome Winter Texans!".  Not only do the Winter Texans bring in money, but they also bring caring folks that like to get involved in the community.  We discovered that many of our new neighbors volunteer in community organizations such as animal shelters, community centers and local food banks and shelters.

There are a number of RV parks in the area.  Most of the Winter Texans that we've met are from the upper mid-west and Canada.  The area is popular to those folks due to the mild winter temperatures and relatively short driving distance.  We've discovered that most winter travelers from the west coast like th…