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Texas: On August 12, 2010, I
flew to Harlingen, Texas to visit cousin Roger. He moved there
this past Spring and has bought and
opened a business in San Benito. It is a store called Don's
Liquor. Don was the prior owner.
San Benito is a town of 30,000 located in the
south-most part of Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican
border. It is part of the Harlingen (McAllen?) and Brownsville
Roger's retail space is bright and clean and
inviting. I spent a lot of time in his office, opposite the
www.dons-liquor.com for more information.
Roger and Tom at check-out counter
Roger in front of map of Texas
Tom, Sandra (Molalla Ex-Pat) and Roger
Sandra, Roger and customer Don
Roger and his Chrysler Sebring
Sandra and Buck
On Sunday, Sandra
and her husband Buck invited us over for breakfast. They live
about 10 miles away from Roger in Harlingen.
Cooking with Sandra
Tom, Buck and Roger
South Padre Island Eco Tour and Dolphin Viewing:
We drove about 30 miles over to Port Isabella
and the causeway bridge to the resort town of South Padre Island.
We booked a Dolphin Viewing and Eco-Tour boat ride in the waters
between the island and the mainland.
A net was drug behind the boat and the
contents later collect for a nature presentation by the 2 guys in
the photos below. We caught a crab, spine fish, cat fish and
Tom, Roger and Sandra
We stopped in a souvenir shop in Port
Isabella. The most interesting thing there was the display of
hermit crabs. The were in brightly painted shells. I
think that each of the shells had a crab in it. The liked to
climb into the little "trees".
They drink from the sponge (below) and eat
some sort of meal in the yellow plate to the right.
You can buy these crab along with their little habitats.
Tortoise and others
Sandra found this Texas tortoise (which they
named Russell) in the street and rescued it. They are allowed
to keep it as long as they don't make it a pet and provide a
nature-like setting for it.
The bricks above form a wall to keep Russell from going into that
area of the yard.
Sandra holding Russell
The Texas Tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri),
is one of four species of tortoise that are native to North America.
Its range extends from southern Texas southward into the Mexican
states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. The epithet
berlandieri is in honor of the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis
Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the
first biological surveys of Texas. As such, some sources refer to it
as Berlandier's Tortoise.
A member of a family of Chachalaca which have made their home at
Sandra and Buck's garden.
The Plain Chachalaca, Ortalis vetula, is a
large bird in the Cracidae family. It breeds in tropical and
subtropical environments from mezquital thickets in the Rio
Grande Valley in southernmost Texas, United States to
northernmost Costa Rica.
San Benito is the home
town for Grammy-Award winning start Freddy Fender who died in 2006.
There are several memorial to him including these pictured below.
His image is also painted on one of the town water towers and there
is (or will be) a Freddy Fender Museum.
Freddy Fender (June 4, 1937 – October 14,
2006), born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United
States, was an American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician,
known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super
Seven and the Texas Tornados. He is best known for his 1975 hits
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his
own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".