Santa Ana NWR and Alamo, Texas

We have been here 12 days and I guess you could say we have settled in nicely. We feel safe in our surroundings and sleep well at night, especially due to the new mattress. I think we have made too many trips to Walmart, but we are fully stocked now, so that’s good. Seems like there’s always a list going, lol.

The last volunteer couple just arrived, so there are now three couples of us at Marinoff. Both of the other couples are from Colorado.

As I posted earlier, we work Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week, so it’s back to work for us tomorrow when it’s nearly the weekend for everyone else!

We have had the bird book out and watched the feeder a lot this week and so far we’ve seen Ladderback Woodpeckers, Green Jays, Altamira Orioles, and plenty of blackbirds. All are pretty common in this area. At the refuge there are also plenty of Chachalacas and Mourning Doves.

Kenny completed the online defensive driving course required for tram drivers (it took a full day) and I have a tram narrator’s 10 page script to learn. Even though we won’t be tram operators until February, we receive our training next Monday, along with the other two couples.

We haven’t gone over to South Padre Island yet because of the red tide and the Border Patrol advised us that if/when we go to Mexico to go across into Progreso. I’m hoping the other volunteers will want to join us for that trip. We are supposed to help with an event this Saturday, called Rio Reforestation. We would work in the food tent while local volunteers plant trees. But we understand that there is a possibility of a rain delay for this event.

Yesterday we saw Martian at the theater in McAllen and we enjoyed it. We were very careful not to overindulge in the popcorn and undo all our Weight Watcher’s efforts!

We are most unhappy that the long dirt/gravel road leading to Marinoff was oiled today. The drive sounds sloppy and we can just imagine what is now on the undercarriage of our car!

The weather here is very much like a hot St. Louis summer. It’s been in the 90’s every day with high humidity. The gnats are everywhere and quite annoying. We have to beware of the red ants, too. I was stung by two the morning after we arrived and they do leave a mark!

Even though we’ve been gone from home less than two weeks, we are missing everyone a lot. We missed a couple of football games, we missed DeSoto’s homecoming, and we missed Ellie’s 4th birthday party. This Saturday will be Kim’s 38th birthday and Cori and Andy’s 17th anniversary and we won’t be home to celebrate with them. Even more depressing is the thought of the holidays without everyone, but I’ll reserve those sad thoughts for later {tears here}.

In closing, here are a few pictures you might enjoy, including some of loved ones at home…

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4 Comments

  1. Welcome to your new home for awhile. It sounds like they’ll keep you two busy.
    I’m sure you would like it to be a bit cooler, but I don’t know if that will happen. Luckily you get free electric :). Sounds like you’ve made some new friends, that’s great. I was afraid you two would be there all alone.

    I was really glad to hear that everything went well with your medical procedure and I hope you’re feeling back to normal (whatever that is…haha). Btw, it was nice visiting with you two while you were in town. Keep up the blog!

    Take care and I hope you enjoy your stay.

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    1. Thanks, Robin! We are looking at where our next stop will be (for the summer)… You know that we would love to hang out with you and Jerry somewhere along the way!
      All the best to the both of you, Dorothy & Kenny

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