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Friday, December 16, 2016

Isla Blanca, Brownsville, TX to Aguirre Springs, NM

Isla Blanca, Brownsville, TX to Aguirre Springs, NM

Pulled outta Isla Blanca, TX and wanted to drive along the border just to see what’s there.

There were several camping reservoir lakes along the way and thought I’d check them out.
Lake Casa Blanca, Laredo, TX

I was trying to keep driving down to apx 4 hrs as it seems to work out the best.  While the game plan is to be on the road by 1000hrs and off it but 1400hrs, it never seems to work that way.  Usually ends up at 1100-1600hrs

I use RV Trip Wizard for my trip planning.   There are many others out there, this one has an annual fee, apx $30, but well worth it.  It not only shows campsites, that can be filtered, but driving ranges to give you an idea of just how far you’re planning on going.

Typically, I get on the road by 1100 to 1200 hrs and stop around 1600hrs… and sometimes at night, sigh… hate that.

Laredo, TX was the next stop.  The lake there, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, was ok, not someplace I’d make a point of going to see, but it was a nicer stop than a Walmart..

I was running out of propane and needed to find a filling station.  Although Texas is a ‘Gas N Oil’ place, it was very hard to find a propane place.  I found one, typically gas stations will have them, but not around here.  The place I found was right in “Truck Central”, traffic at 5 mph, stop and go.  Never have I seen so many trucks…a real PITA to get there, get the propane, and get outta there.  

Next stop, running late due to the drop off, was to the Governors Landing Amistad, TX…  

Again, sigh, came in at night time and the spaces were tight, but I was able to fit in.  Nice area, not too bad.  A lot of Border Patrols around.  Not a place I’d want to shoot for.  Nice easy stop over.

Next stop was Big Bend, TX.  Supposed to be POI (Point of Interest) so I did.  

It was ok, long-long drive in the park, 40 miles at 45mph… takes awhile.  The popular campground was full, which is fine, I was just trying to get a feel for the place.  

While I didn’t see any “ORV Buggies” there, there were a lot of Jeepers… and the smaller Tear Drop trailers..

Next stop for a mail drop was El Paso, but USPS station I chose didn't accept "Mail" only sent it out for their customers.  I learned that you have to be careful on choosing mail drops with USPS... I look for the station and see if "General Delievery" is there or they're selling stamps, assuming they are a real Post Office.
So had to find a campsite which I had in mind Aguirre Spring, BLM, NM (just above White Sands Missile Proving Grounds, NM..  nice campground by the way... 

Great Views.... (more next blog)

…. And as a sad last note,

With  the tune of the Janis Joplin song “Bye-Bye, baby bye-bye….” running through my head,  I sadly turned in my “Li’l Nel” Polaris ACE 900 buggy.

Thanks “Li’l Nel” it was a great ride while it lasted.  I just can’t seem to keep the Buggies, “Nellie - 2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 and “Li’l Nel” Polaris ACE 900 for any length of time, sigh…  
I will miss it…

Due to a massive drop in income about a year ago, it just became too much of a burden to keep, so had to  turn it back in.

Will miss it, as the whole Truck Camper game planning thing was to tow a buggy around and do the various Rallies around the USA.

Not going to happen now.  Not sure what I’ll be doing now…. Alaska Canada Trip is out now due to Amazon not working out.

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Lake Casa Blanca, Laredo, TX
Governor's Landing, Del Rio, TX
Big Bend, TX