Hi and Merry Christmas!!
Well, we decided to leave the freezingness of New Mexico and head into Texas. We crossed into the west side of Texas at Pecos and drove for half a day through boring flat countryside with only low shrubs and a few blink-and-miss-them towns. Headed to the "Texas hill country" where it continued to be cold! It is an interesting area, settled in the 1800s mainly by Germans and the towns are very small and nice architecturally. The place we stayed was about 40 miles from San Antonio so we went there for a day and saw the Alamo (where Davy Crockett died) and had a nice few hours on the River Walk ~ a footpath below street level with little bridges across the river and lots of restaurants and some shops. Sort of like a bit of Venice. Next day we went to Frederisksburg and the National Museum of the Pacific War ~ we wondered why it was there, turns out it was the birthplace and resting place, of Admiral Nimitz. It was quite fascinating, we spent a few hours there and didn't see it all ( there was an outdoors exhibit but it was cool and rainy so we gave it a miss).
From the hill country we had one overnight then arrived here in Bentsen Palm Village, near Mission Texas (yes, we travelled so far only to end up in Mission!!) For our overseas readers, Mission is a town about half an hour from where we live that Malcolm has a hate-affair with! There are about 250 sites here and about 45% of the people are Canadians, a lot from Ontario. It is a really friendly place with lots to do ~ I (Elinor) have taken a line-dancing class, a power-walking class and a craft class and today we both went to a Texas trail-dancing class ~ yes, Malcolm loved it!!He has agreed, however reluctantly and in return for unspecified personal favors, to attend the next class :)
Last night there was a Margarita party and we have signed up for Christmas dinner and the New Year's do. There is a really big dog-run (with toys, water, a gazebo) and we have taken Tess to the agility course a few times ~ she loves the tunnel but not keen on the teeter-totter. Yet.
We've had some lousy weather so far, cool and drizzly (still better than home) but today was sunny and shorts so we're hoping for more...
I have downloaded a few photos ~ hope you got them.
Hope this finds you well and ready for a wonderful Christmas!
love, Malcolm, Elinor (and Tess)