Settling in at Bentsen Palms

Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign
Our Site
Our Site

We have been here about a week now and we are starting to settle into our new temporary home.  This will be the first RV park we have stayed at for this length of time.  I will add a few pictures of the place in this post.  We have met a few people, but the folks don’t seem as friendly as many of the other parks we frequent in Georgia and Florida.  I’m not sure why, other than many are yearly visitors here and we are the new kid on the block.  They seem to be from all over the country, but mainly the Midwest and Canada.  Now the Texans that we have met at the restaurants and stores have been really friendly and as you can imagine most are Hispanic.  We are definitely the minority here.  I do think if I lived here all the time, I would make the effort to learn Spanish.  Not that it’s needed in every situation, but it would help facilitate communicating under certain circumstances.

Produce guy shows up on Tuesday
Produce guy shows up on Tuesday
Rear View
Rear View

We finally took the time to wash the coach today.  It was really dirty as we hit rain on several of our driving days and the last day drive from Houston was rain for the entire trip.  I meant to take some pictures as we were washing it, but I forgot so I have added a couple after the fact.  Washing this thing is probably the job that I hate the most as far as general maintenance goes.  It takes about three hours to do it and involves ladder climbing, bending down under the slides (when set up for camping), towel drying,  and in our case since it has rained so much getting muddy when you get off the concrete pad.  I’m glad Liz helped by drying while I washed.  They have folks who will wash it for you, but they charge around $3.00 a foot so for us that would be $120.  Seems like a lot, but about halfway through the job yesterday, I would have paid $200.  It looks pretty good now, but I still need to wax the rear and drivers side.  I got the front and passenger side waxed before we left.  Waxing is more of a pain than washing, so I’m not too anxious to get started on that either.

Looking out our side window
Looking out our side window
More Reinforcement has Arrived
More Reinforcement has Arrived

I checked our mailbox yesterday and we haven’t received any mail yet, but our mail handling facility in Florida mailed a bundle on Monday.  It will be all the mail we received since we left on December 18th minus the junk.  We did have a letter in the box for the previous resident so we will turn that in to the office.  Hopefully we will get something today.  I did receive a package from Amazon so ordering stuff that is shipped via UPS or FedEx appear to not be an issue.  Getting packages and mail while on the road is certainly doable, but it does take a little planning and coordination with the USPS and/or shippers.  We had all our mail forwarded to St. Brendan’s Isle in Florida (a mail handling facility for boaters and Rv’ers) as the USPS will only hold your mail for one month, plus there are some important items we didn’t want to wait for till we got home.  Consequently, we have St. Brendan’s process our mail and forward it to us whenever and wherever we want.   It can all be done online.  It’s not too bad when you are stopped for a month, but coordination gets a little dicey when you are in a place for only a few days.  There is a chance you could miss a shipment or end up waiting a day or so for something.  You can have the mail sent general delivery to a post office ahead of you and then pick it up once you arrive in that town.  We haven’t tried that yet.

Another site view
Another site view

I’m not sure what is on the agenda for today.  We do have to go grocery shopping so we don’t eat out every night, but we have been enjoying the restaurants.  We have had some good Mexican food as you can imagine, and just let me say that the Jalapenos are much hotter here than in Georgia.  I had some on my cheeseburger last night and my mouth is still on fire.  I usually don’t have an issue with them, but these had an extra punch.  It is overcast right now, but it should clear up and the temperature is supposed to go to the upper 70’s then a front comes through and we cool off again.  The normal roller coaster ride with the weather.  We still want to go to the World Birding Center at the State Park next to us, and there is also the National  Butterfly Center a couple miles away.  We are still scheduled for the boat ride on the Rio Grande on Sunday, but I’m not sure if enough people have signed up yet.  I may be a little chilly as the temps are predicted to be in the low 60’s.

More to come….

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