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Texas Vacation

Discussion in 'Photo Album' started by dennishoddy, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. dennishoddy

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    We just got back from Mercedes Tx after a 7 week stay at Llano Grande Country Club RV resort.

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    Met some folks in Colorado last summer that winter there and decided to join them.
    That had to be the most fun 7 weeks in a row I can ever remember. No chores, no work, nothing to do but have fun.
    The park is huge. 1300 slips, probably 3000 folks there. There is a bar, restaurant, three big heated pools, two big heated hot tubs, dances with bands weekly, keroki weekly in the event center that also has name brand bands in monthly, 18 hole golf course, lapidary shop, woodwork shop with the finest tools, RC car track, pool hall with 7 great level tables, Pilates, yoga, shuffleboard, pickle ball courts, tennis courts, laundry mats, 3 work out areas with the latest equipment, dog parks second to none we have ever seen, free ice, quilting classes, painting classes, and more I can’t remember. There is literally 20-30 things you can participate in each day.
    The local community around the park opens up their businesses to Llano with 4:00 happy hours and local C&W bands plus discounts at some restaurants.

    2 miles from the Mexican border. There is a 30’ tall levee right behind the park that allowed us to actually look down into Mexico. The levee has gators in it. Never had issues with anyone being where they are not supposed to be.

    Park is adjacent to a state park that is a bird and animal sanctuary with trails everywhere. We averaged walking the dog 2-4 miles a day between morning and evening walks.
    My wife does most of the picture taking, but I have a few.

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    Cactus plant is 8’ high, stalk 5” diameter.

    Massy’s gun range east of Brownsville on the road to the Space X rocket facilities was phenomenal. He talks so fast it’s hard to understand him but his facility is pretty neat and since our group was all veterans, he took a special like to us giving us special tours of his gun rooms.
    His first tour was into a room with 5 huge Liberty gun safes. Every one containing full auto weapons. Everything from MP-5’s to WWII German schmizers, M16’s, tommy guns, Ak’s, all for rent. He had dozens of full auto.
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    Next room was a fully operational Ma Duece naval version. (My dumb butt didn’t get a pic of the .50 cal)
    Next room was the reloading room. Each machine is a dedicated caliber and operated with a push button and microprocessors to keep the hoppers full of primers, brass and bullets. Easily a $100,000 setup.

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    Those $2500 cabinets behind them were full of gun parts.

    Speaking of Space X, their facility is on the road to Massey’s. We had a bit of a delay the first trip there because of a test in progress. A booster burn or something. The actual booster is under the cover that looks like a silver rocket base.

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    While at Massy’s gun range, he let us shoot his can gun that shot 16 oz soda cans 200 yards with blanks. Then shot a golf ball gun with blanks that launched the golf ball 500 yards or so.

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    When pigs come on his place, he hits them with the golf ball gun, then finishes the deal with a knife. Knocks them out he said.

    We were 2 miles from Nuevo Progreso. It cost .50 to cross the border. Nobody checking anything.
    We used a parking lot in the US and walked over.
    Town is owned by the cartels and is very safe. They keep it safe because they cannot afford it not to be.
    Hundreds of US citizens walk across daily to buy meds and get medical and dental work done.
    A tooth implant in the US cost around $4000.00 we heard. A US trained dentist in Progreso does it for under a grand. Meds are 1/4 or less than the US and are government controlled.
    Food is great and the Margaritas are one per day. They make em strong!

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    South Padre was 1 hour away so we visited several times.
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    Fished Laguna Madre for sea trout. Captain Bob did us well. No giants, but a fish caught every third cast or so

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    Then on the way home, went off-roading with my son and grandson around Lewisville Tx.

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    Headed to New Mexico and Colorado before it gets too hot.
    Official snowbirds now.
     
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    Wow... that sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you guys are really getting the most out of your retirement, Dennis, you both deserve it! Congrats!
     
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    Glad you all had a great time did your dog know you when you got home ?lol
     
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    tell us about the Red Panty Bar
     
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    good old lasher...

    I saw the sign was misspelled? OUT instead of OUR?
     
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    Great! I think I saw AOC in one of those pics!
     
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    Looks like a fun trip. Miss days of the border towns.
     
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    What happens within the walls of the red panty bar stays within those walls.
     

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