Nuevo Progreso, Mexico

March 21, 2018 We finally took a trip to Mexico and by chance were there for its Tourist Day. The trip itself is easy.  Most people park on the U.S. side and walk across a bridge (50¢ cross into Mexico; 25¢ to return) with a shaded pedestrian path.  No documentation Read more…

King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas

March 17, 2018 Richard King was a former steamboat captain who began purchasing land for a ranch in southern Texas in 1853.  King Ranch is now over 825,000 acres and has had holdings in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Florida, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Venezuela, Spain, and Morocco. King died in 1885, Read more…

Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas

March 8, 2018 On May 12, 1865, a month after Robert E. Lee had surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Union forces advanced on Confederates near Palmito Ranch (near present-day Brownsville), ostensibly to secure much-needed supplies for the Union troops.  Skirmishes took place over two days and are considered Read more…

Historic Brownsville Museum

February 16, 2018 This museum is housed in a beautiful 1920’s era train depot.   Our favorite exhibit was a wood-burning locomotive built in 1877.  It took two hours to cross the 23 miles from Brownsville to Port Isabel.  The train would back up to the dock and steamship passengers would Read more…