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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Exploring Tropic Winds RV Resort in Harlingen, Texas

Eric & I arrived at Tropic Winds

After an unseasonable snow storm, the sun came out and I went for a walk around this 500 plus site RV Resort.

The Main Hall is the
"hub" of the Resort.

RVers staying one month or
longer receive their mail

Resort & Community information
is posted.

There are sign up sheets for
numerous activities here.

The recent Craft Fair is one
of the many events held at
the Main Hall.

Tropic Winds hosted
 local school children
 for a Christmas

Washing Machines & Dryers
take quarters & credit cards.
There are other buildings to devoted to different activities.

Friendship Hall...

... has an area set up for
doing jigsaw puzzles.

Tables are set up for
card games.

Readers have a lot to
browse at the library.

Veterans Hall...

... honors those who served
in the US Armed Forces.

Shuffleboard anyone?

Pool Tables wait for
players to run racks
of balls.

The Workout Area

The Workshop Club has space
in the Maintenance Building.

Nuts, bolts, screws, hand tools
& power tools are available
for woodworking projects.

I signed up and am looking for instructions for my first project.  Pics to follow...

The Swimming Pool &
Hot Tub

The Horseshoe Pits

Shuffleboard players are
shaded while they play.

Pickleball games are
in full swing.

Barbecues are held
at the Pavilion.

 The Remote Control Car Track is drying out.
I expect to see cars running heats soon.

It's a beautiful day....

RVers share Tropic Winds

Purple Martin Bird Houses 
tower above the Resort's
Bird Park

An enclosed Dog Park for
dogs of all sizes to work
off some of their energy.

Park Models are mixed in
with RVs at this Resort.

One of the homes at
Tropic Winds.

Homes are built on leased land at this Resort.  Modifications to homes must be approved by the Resort.

This tiny Casita Camping 
Trailer is parked across the
street from a home that is
16 feet by 70 feet.

This is my favorite home
at Tropic Winds.

This Park Model is
for sale.

This weekend there is a contest
for best decorated home at
Tropic Winds.

There will also be an award for best decorated RV and best decorated Golf Cart.  There will be Christmas Caroling throughout the Resort.  "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...."

Friday, December 8, 2017

33 Degrees & Snowing in Harlingen, Texas

Eric and I knew that it would get down into the 30s in Harlingen last night and that today's rain would continue.  I chose to ignore rumors of snow as I added a fourth blanket to our bed.

In the morning our
thermometer shows
that it's cold enough
for snow.

Yup, we have snow here in
 Harlingen, 38 miles from

This is the second time Eric and I have been near the Mexico border in Texas and the second time we've encountered seriously unseasonable weather.  In November 2013, Eric and I were stopped in Langtry, Texas because of icy roads.  

Sigh...  Snow blankets our
Jeep & covered bikes.

Minus the Palm Trees, I
am reminded of an early
in November 2014.

Today's Deep South snow is newsworthy.  This is one of the many articles I found on our wintry weather.

Eric & I will keep ourselves
busy with indoor activites
as we wait for warmer
temperatures & snow melt.

I look forward to the return of warm sunny days so I can fully explore Tropic Winds RV Resort.  Eric and I look forward to visiting area attractions and Progreso, Mexico.

This piece of Palm Frond hit the
roof of our motorhome.

Even though it's big, it weighs
almost nothing & didn't
damage the roof.

Tropic Winds RV Resort in Harlingen, Texas

Eric & I arrived at 
Tropic Winds, in
the rain....

Tropic Winds is an
Encore RV Resort.

I like the location of
their Mail Box.

Registration is at The
Main Hall.

Tropic Winds is an Over 55, gated community.  This is the first RV Resort we've stayed at that has an age qualification.

Eric registers at the
Business Office.

He gets a pleasant surprise...  New Customers at Tropic Winds get one month for $299.00.  This is a huge break on the cost of our two month stay.

The December Calendar
is full with activities.

December's entertainers:
Texas Showdown

The New Year's Eve
Dinner Menu

Eric & I settle in on Site 282.

The 40 foot patio provides
ample parking & room
for a picnic table.

In this open area our DirecTV Dish picks up our television satellites.  We have full hookups here: water, sewer and 50 amp electric service.  The electricity is metered and we will pay for our usage before leaving Tropic Winds in February.  

Our first full day here,
is cold, windy & rainy.  

Eric clutches his 
umbrella tightly...

... as he and I leave the warmth of our motorhome for a Craft Fair at The Main Hall.

There's a crowd here....

I expected the Craft Fair to have six vendors, set up in the middle of the room, with a handful of shoppers.  I am so wrong!  The Craft Fair is a public event with everyone welcome.  

Door Prize numbers are being
called while shoppers browse
the 30 plus vendors offerings.

A Raffle for the Mexican
Children's Refuge

Shop for Jewelry, Clothing,
Hand Bags, Fabrics, Lotions,
Tools, & more...

Home Baked Goods

The Oatmeal Cranberry
Cookie was delicious!

Eric and I are done exploring the Resort today.  I will walk around Tropic Winds after this unseasonably cold weather moves through...