Monday, December 27, 2010

We have experienced our first Christmas as Winter Texans (WT). On Christmas Eve we attended a Candlelight Service in the Trophy Gardens Clubhouse - followed by fingerfoods - yummy. On Christmas Day, we had a potluck Christmas Lunch with 300 other WTs in the Clubhouse. There were 12 large tables set with each table having their own potluck - ours had ham and turkey. The food was great and plenty of it so we went back at 5:30 for leftovers. We did manage to take a walk inbetween the feasts.

My Christmas present from Don was an hour lesson with a golf pro at a local golf course that our neighbour here arranged. I learned alot but time will tell if anything sunk in. Don must have been watching because he almost had a hole in one yesterday. The little ball stopped 4 inches in front of the hole on the 7th green.

Today I took off for an adventure to the coast - a 2 hour boat tour out of a marina on South Padre Island. The tour was arranged with the tour bus that is onsite at Trophy Gardens and about 50 WTs went. We started out at 8 AM and boarded the boat at 10 AM. The sky was overcast, temp about 55 degrees with a light wind. The boat crew threw out a small net behind the boat and dragged it for 15 minutes and then pulled it in and showed us the catch. The catch consisted mainly of puffer fish and a few smaller fish. We spent the time motoring around in the inner coastal waterway and once headed out to the open sea but it was too rough so we headed back in. Dolphins swam around us and we enjoyed spotting them go up and down. We disembarked and had a delicious lunch at the Shrimp Haus across the road from the marina. We arrvied back to Trophy Gardens at 3:30 PM.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wed. Dec 22/10

Thought you might be wondering if we are keeping busy - and yes we are. We go golfing on the 9 hole Par 3 golf course that is attached to our park every day - no charge and noone laughs at our pathetic strokes. The weather has been lovely with mid day temps in the 80s so we spend some of the afternoon at the pool and may get back in some time in the evening. I have been teaching a morning exercise class 2 x per week. An exercise class runs Mon-Friday but when I don't do it, it is Richard Simmons or Debbie Reynolds so mine is a change for the ladies here.

We are in a new site in the park this year so we get to meet new people - most people are older than us - alot from Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Minnesota, The Dakotas - very friendly. Yesterday Don gave me an early Christmas present - my first golf lesson with a pro at a nearby club. This was arranged by a neighbour here who works parttime as a marshall at that club. It is amazing how many things I was doing wrong. The neighbour lady dragged me out to Ladies Horseshoes this morning and I threw a shoe that landed and rolled - right into my compeditor's shin bone - some blood and probably a big bruise - and lots of talk at this afternoon's cocktail circle. I may not be allowed to go next week. At lunchtime today, we biked over to McDonald's for the Big Mac Wednesday special - $1.29 - very busy place with all us cheap Winter Texans.

We have ventured on a big outing last Sunday. The town of Hidalgo - 25 miles away- does a Christmas light show for the month of December. We got there in the afternoon and toured around the Hidalgo Pump House Museum - right on the Rio Grande - used to pump water from the Rio Grande - steam power. Hidalgo is right on the Rio Grande with an international bridge into Mexico - border patrols keep very busy there. Note the nice fence in the attached picture. After dark we paid for a lovely 45 minute horse drawn carriage ride around the town centered around their City Hall where they had a choir entertaining. Those are Texas armadillas in the photo in case you can't recognize them. Also Hidalgo is where the Killer Bees first flew into USA from Mexico in 1990 so Don wanted a picture of the statue they have. There is a local hockey team called the Killer Bees who play their games at their big new State Farm Arena outside of town.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Greetings from Alamo, Texas

Yes we have been here for a day now. It is windy but it is a warm wind. We started out at 6AM on Saturday morning and headed down the 401 and crossed over at Sarnia. We were ahead of the bad weather predicted. We travelled through Michigan and rain started in the late afternoon - but the temperature was above freezing so we were fortunate. We stopped for the night in Seymour Indiana. On the road again the next morning at 8 AM and the predicted cold temperatures had moved in but it wasn't snowing when we got going. The snow caught up with us before Nashville and the road to Memphis was hazardous with many cars in ditches due to slippery conditions. We were fortunate to be able to go around a pileup thanks to following a trucker down an off ramp and up the other side - the collision was on that overpass bridge.
By the time we reached Memphis, the sun was out and there was no more snow. We spent Sunday night in Grenada, Mississippi - in a hotel room still because the temperature was well below freezing. We were on the road again around 8 AM and had decided that the forecast was too cold for us to stop and camp for a month in Alabama so we set our course for southern Texas to enjoy warmer temperatures. We had a bright sunny travelling day on Monday and watched the temperature change from 24 degrees to 56 degrees F. We ended the travelling day in a RV Park outside of Beaumont Texas - so we could stay in the trailer - with heaters.
So Tuesday we got through Houston and on to Alamo Texas to Lot # 598, Masters Drive, Trophy Park, Alamo Texas. The temperature changed from 45 to 76 F.
We have signed up to stay here for 3 months. Our coats are put away in the closet.