The weather finally broke on Monday and we had sun and warmer temperatures. Today it is overcast again, but at least it is not cold. The trip across the Gulf states was cold and windy so we will appreciate the temperatures moving up to the lower 70’s by mid week. We both like Bentsen Palms RV resort so far and we are learning the area. McAllen and Mission Texas is a metropolitan area, but the resort is located next to a State Park and in a country setting right next to the border. On one side there is an International Birding Center and on the other there is pasture land with grazing Brahmas. It is amazing how many Border Patrol units there are in the area. You can’t drive anywhere without seeing several of their vehicles. Last night there was the constant drone of a helicopter flying just South of the RV Resort. We plan to drive around sometime in the next few days and check out the border. We also are planning a boat trip on the Rio Grande, which is offered through the resort. However, we have no plans to check out Mexico at this point.
On Monday the RV resort sponsored a 90 minute presentation from the Border Patrol on the current status of the border. It was very interesting and the agent discussed all the different technologies that they now have to supplement the officers in apprehending those aliens who cross the border illegally. It sounds like this is the “slow” time of year but he did say that from Thursday through Sunday they caught 340 illegals in the 61 miles under the McAllen Division’s control. He wouldn’t speculate on how many may have slipped through undetected. He also said that these folks are intent in getting out of the area to Houston or San Antonio and pose no real threat to anyone here. Those that may slip through the border security usually have some pre-planned method to move north. However, he did say that there is an occasional theft of an automobile. Several residents asked if it was safe to go across the border to shop, etc. He refused to give a recommendation and referred everyone to the State Department website for information. He did say that he hasn’t been across the border in 16 years, so take that for what its worth. I don’t think we will be going.
As interesting as the border situation is, it does not appear to be a real security concern. However, there is evidently a real menace lurking in the grass and shrubs surrounding the area. It was one of the the first things that our neighbors warned us about when we moved in on Saturday. Believe it or not, it is Mice!! YIKES!! Because of all the rain and cold temperatures the mice have been more aggressive in finding refuge in homes and RV’s. They can enter through any small opening by climbing up your tires, jacks, or water and electrical connections. As you can imagine they can be extremely destructive as they chew up wiring, insulation and other things as they make their nest. Keeping them out is preferable to trying to get rid of them once they are in the RV. Believe it or not, the number one recommendation from the residents here is moth balls. Supposedly, mice hate the smell and will avoid going near it (I’m with them on the smell). So, needless to say we went out and bought 10 packets of the stuff and have placed it underneath the coach around the jacks and tires and also put a packet inside the wet and electrical bay where the lines come in. We also put some underneath the car as it seems to also be a target. Several of the neighbors say that you should also put LED light strips underneath the coach to turn on at night as the mice also avoid the light. I’m not sure we will try this as the stuff costs $2 a foot and I figure I would need about 100 feet to wrap around the coach. Plus, you have to order it. If I do anything I will put a couple of regular lights under there. A quick check of the internet for those who have tried the LED lights indicates that the it may not work that great. I did order some stuff called Fresh Cab Rodent Repellant that is supposed to be effective in keeping mice out and doesn’t smell as bad as moth balls. I plan to put it in the other lower bays and in the generator and engine compartments. This is WAR!!
The adventure continues….