Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Phil and I attended a reenactment of the Mexican-American War at Palo Alto Battlefield.
On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto near Brownsville, Texas.
To read more of this fascinating time in history click here.









These gourds carried water, kept it cooler and fresher longer. The American soldiers started carrying them after finding them on dead Mexican soldiers.


There was only one American soldier represented at the reenactment 

Firing of the long rifles

Interesting face

Readying the cannon


Firing of the cannon




We enjoyed the reenactment and we learned a lot about the start of the Mexican-American war.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Salineno Texas

Salineno is a place that unless you are a bird watcher you've probably have never heard of it.
It is located a little ways before Falcon Dam if you coming from the Mission Area.

People go to Salineno for the Audubon's Oriole and the Hooded Oriole. They are also hoping to see a wild Muscovy Dick or a Brown Jay. We took our friends Bill and Cece to Salineno because if your are taking people who have never birdred before it's a great place. Some lawn chairs are set up right in front of the feeders and you can just sit and watch all the beauties come in to your heart's content.


Black Crested Titmouse

Audubon's Oriole
















Salineno has been a birding mecca since the seventies. It was given to the Valley Land Fund and is run by volunteers.




To get to Salineno from Mission, Texas, you go 83 west until about 5 miles give or take from Falcon Dam.

The road you want is Salineno road on the left. You drive down that road until you are at the river and you will see a sign for Valley Land Fund.






Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rancho El CHarco


Rancho El Charco is located in La Joya Texas. One of our neighbors organized a tour for us of thirty people. We toured the ranch on a mule drawn wagon and had a wonderful bbq lunch.
At the entrance there is a entertaining sculpture that catches your eye.

Love the horses and the Texas Longhorn!



We stopped at this waterfall with a swinging bridge. I didn't attempt to cross the bridge, but some of the others did.





We also saw these cute pygmy goats.


Love the painted tiles.


I fell in love with the American Bison.







This statue of a bison made out of  rebar is amazing.



Delicious brisket, chicken and pork ribs.


View from the deck.





Saturday, February 14, 2015

Birding with friends

Last Sunday I got to go birding with our friends and neighbors, John and Audrey and Carol and Jerry. We went to the Yturria Brush Tract.
Yturria Brush is an 1,800 acre tract that is a natural habitat filled with birds, butterflies and other species of nature.
Going bird watching with John and Audrey is like having your own personal scientists with you.
The knowledge they have of flora and fauna is amazing,


Black Throated Sparrow


Desert Checkered Skipper



White Eyed Vireo





Clay Colored Sparrow



A Dung Beetle.  I had always believed they were only in Africa.





An Evening Primrose



Gray Hairstreak

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful neighbors and friends to go birding with in the Valley.