One of my resolutions this year was to see my family more often than I used to, so I booked my first trip to Texas this year: March 4-12. It'll be a bird-heavy trip too, of course; I'm flying into Austin and then Mary and I will drive to the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday the 5th. Mary already made hotel reservations at the same good place we stayed at in Weslaco last year, so we're both totally pumped!
this image "borrowed" from here
We'll spend Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tues birding at various locations around the Valley; I'm hoping to go to Bentsen, maybe even the upper Valley/Falcon Dam area. We'll also stop in Kingsville to see our brother Ricardo and his kids, and maybe some more birds there. You know I will be meticulously planning and getting lists and freaking out in Excel spreadsheets for the next few weeks!
I'm getting even more excited just thinking about all the sorting and formatting!
On Wednesday morning, we'll drive up to San Antonio and I'll spend the rest of my trip with my parents and my sister Raquel and her daughters. There will most definitely be some Scrabble death-matches and lots of Mexican food!
I'm so excited about the trip--family and birds, who could ask for anything more!?
Well, actually, I could. AB can't come on the trip, at least she doesn't think so at this point. She's on a big push to do her comps right now, so that's got to come first. Still, we're already planning to go down there for Christmas! So you can bet there will be some Christmas birding and sight-seeing, but I sure am sorry she won't be on this trip.
So--until then, prepare to read ad nauseum about this trip! And if any of you is sitting there thinking, "gee, I'd love to see the Valley with some real live Valley girls!" now is your chance! Let me hear from ya!