Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Our last day at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort

01-11-2013 Progresso Mexico 00601-11-2013 Progresso Mexico 004Tuesday was our last day at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort and with it came our last sunrise. It is hard to believe we have been here for two months… When we first arrived here in Mission we were pretty excited to experience the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. It didn’t take long for us to think we had made a big mistake considering our early experiences here at this park. But a short trip to our friend’s house in Laredo for Thanksgiving gave us a chance to put the chaos behind us and return with a better attitude thus enabling us to enjoy this park upon our return. Thanks again Beth and Eduardo for that opportunity…

01-11-2013 Progresso Mexico 005With that fresh start we have come to really appreciate our time here at the park. We have made several new friends here that we definitely hope to see again. So to those friends we met who live in the states of Wisconsin, Montana, Arkansas or New York we gave fair warning to look out… you never know when the Hinton’s will show up…

Just before our last day we went a short distance up the road to meet some fellow bloggers, Kevin and Evelyn, writers of the blog RV Khronicles of Kevelyn. Like us, they are fulltimers and loving the lifestyle.  It is always fun to share information with other fulltimers. A highlight was hearing about working at Amazon as work campers during the Christmas Season as they have done the past two years. They had a wealth of South Padre Birding Center 049information and although the work sounded intense the pay sure was pretty good for the 10 or so weeks put in.We feel it is always fun meeting bloggers…

Tuesday morning we moved less than a mile over to Retama Village, which is actually adjacent to the park we are leaving.  Retama Village is a park where there is a mix of lots owned and those rented out by owners.  There is also a section of  large high end RV houses with covered garages for the RV as well as a section of simpler houses for those who have decided to give up RV’ing. The entire village shares a fabulous South Padre Birding Center 044million dollar clubhouse.  Fortunately we heard there was a “Discover Retama” program for first time visitors where you can stay for free for 5 nights… yes that is FREE for five nights… So what the heck we decided to check out the RV park and its amenities since you never know where we will end up after RV’ing.

Despite the cold weather that settled into the Rio Grande Valley I even made one last afternoon trip to the hot tub… a place I visited regularly and will certainly miss. That evening on our last night at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort we went to our last “Newbie” night where all the newbies (people who have never been here before this year) had a pot luck. After some good food and conversation we invited two couples over to the motorhome for some more adult beverages and lots of laughs…

15 comments:

  1. Always nice to connect with fellow bloggers, safe travels and enjoy!

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  2. Good information on Retama Village five FREE nights. Are you required to sit through a presentation as you do with a timeshare?

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    1. we will take a tour of the facilities in the afternoon tomorrow but that is all...

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    2. A tour we can handle ... hope you'll write more about it. We're just getting started on this lifestyle, and have no plans to stop anytime soon, but finding a place to settle at some point is in the back of our minds.

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  3. You are in one beautiful park. We drove through it but didn't know anything about their 5 free night program. You got a great deal.

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    1. once we got wind of it we jumped at the opportunity...

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  4. 5 free nights! That's nice. Where you headed next?

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    1. we leave on the 20th for Rockport...

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  5. We're in Austin on our way to Bensten Palms. Since I'm not retired yet I'm going to spend the next 4 months as part of their sales team. If all works well for both parties and we like Mission we might stay a bit longer. Glad to know your stay worked out in the end. Sorry we'll miss you though!

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    1. we met some other workcampers that worked in Amazon in Kansas here, they are just up the road form us...

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  7. Glad the park ultimately worked out for you. I sure enjoyed reading about all the things you did and seeing the pictures. 5 free days is quite a find. Looking forward to hearing about it.

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  8. Maybe we'll meet up again down the road!

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  9. We always like to take advantage of those free night offers. Free is free for a bit of your time.

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