Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mexico, the World’s Largest Killer Bee, Rio Grande River

Valerie and I wanted to visit Mexico since it’s so close and we hadn’t been there before. Dean and Curt weren’t too crazy about the idea, but took us. There’s a lot of people that go across for medical reasons, shopping, etc. while they’re in Texas for the winter and say they’ve never had a problem. The first time in a new place, especially a new country, is the hardest. It is recommended to cross at the city of Nuevo Progreso, which is accessed through Weslaco, Texas. There is also Matamoros, which everyone says is not safe and they’ve been on the news recently with gun fights, kidnapping, etc. That is accessed through Brownsville, Texas. Another spot in the Rio Grande Valley is through Hidalgo, Texas/Reynosa, Mexico.

We parked in the parking lot on the US side and walked across the bridge. You have to pay 25 cents to get in to Mexico and 30 cents to get back in the US (strange amounts). Customs and Border Patrol website has some information as far as what can be brought back and what has to be declared. As you get to the Mexican half of the bridge,(crossing the Rio Grande River, the border line) it is closed off so you can’t see over the railing (the US side isn’t). As you get closer you can hear people calling from beneath the bridge, “a nickel, just a nickel please”.  

IMG_4150  IMG_4153  IMG_4156  IMG_4157  IMG_4158  IMG_4160  IMG_4161  IMG_4162  IMG_4163 

Building, beside, building, there are people outside on the sidewalks selling their wares or asking you to come inside their stores. Lots of pottery, clothes, leather goods and trinkets.  We noticed the leather belts were cheaper than we’ve seen at US stores. Lots of team sports, and the sellers knew their teams and who had just won or lost.

IMG_4166  IMG_4167  IMG_4170  IMG_4172  IMG_4174  IMG_4178 

in Hidalgo,Texas Killer Bee  IMG_4196  IMG_4197
On the Rio Grande River, near the resort. This is at the palapa picnic area.
  IMG_4202 IMG_4208IMG_4203

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Back to Mission

IMG_2553  IMG_2556  IMG_2560 
Bobz World is a large tourist spot near South Padre Island. It has a gift shop, tours, mini golf, laser tag, café.
IMG_2564  IMG_2581  IMG_2602IMG_2599  IMG_2603  IMG_2605  IMG_2607  IMG_2609  IMG_2567 
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is on the north side of Brownsville, Texas. There is a 15-minute video entitled "War on the Rio Grande”. It was an interesting video, giving perspective from the American and Mexican side.
IMG_2629  IMG_2632  IMG_2642  IMG_2646  IMG_2664  IMG_2671  IMG_2674  IMG_2673  IMG_2688  IMG_2691 IMG_2695 IMG_2696  IMG_2697IMG_2698IMG_2699  IMG_2699IMG_2700IMG_2706 IMG_2710IMG_2711IMG_2713  IMG_2716IMG_2717IMG_2718  IMG_2709 IMG_2720 IMG_2723 IMG_2724IMG_2729 IMG_2728 
On our back to Bentsen Palm, the highway we were on was near the border at times and we could see the borderline fence in areas, and areas lacking of fence…hmmm
IMG_2749  IMG_2751  IMG_2775  IMG_2784 IMG_2800  IMG_2830