|Carol speaking with Joan Campbell. Joan was on our 2008 Northern Ecuador trip. We happened upon Joan and her husband as they were birding in Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park where we volunteered.|
Along with having to amend our airline tickets for our earlier than anticipated return to the U.S. we had also contacted Bentsen Palm Village RV. Our 'regular' site would be occupied through the end of Februrary and unavailable - yet we would still need a place to park. Not only did our BPV neighbors go to bat for us by helping secure a site close to where we normally parked, they also pulled our rig out of storage and reconnected the water and electric. They even went so far as to have fresh flowers and baked goods sitting in our RV when we arrived! All we had to do was open the door, bring in our luggage and tumble into bed!
Back in Texas we lost no time slipping back into birding mode. Before leaving Ecuador we had learned that a Black-vented Oriole, a rare Mexican visitor to the U.S., had somehow made its way into our RV park. We'd hoped it might still be around when we returned. Sure enough. Carol discovered the bird the next morning in nearby trees. Another life ABA bird sighting a mere three hundred yards from our RV! How easy was that!
Over the course of the next weeks we enjoyed many afternoon, evenings and a few day trips socializing with our BPV friends and neighbors. And let's not forget watching the Packers win the Super Bowl!
|A group of RVers spent an afternoon cruising the waters off South Padre Island where we joined a pirate crew.|
|Friends Connie and Chuck enjoying a meal at Dirty Al's. They are work campers at Estero Llano Grande State Park about 30 minutes away from our site at Bentsen.|