January 26 to February 11

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The rush is over and Monica heads west (and more importantly) south to Texas. The Rio Grande, Weslaco. If you take a look at a Texas map, check the southern most tip, just steps from Mexico, is where I was.
Once Kenny so graciously dropped me off at the airport (6am) I checked in and waited for my flight to Houston. From Houston, after a visit to the Houston airport where I found a great new set of earphones (yes the shopping started already) it was off to McAllen to be collected by Linda and Ron.
Arriving was a rush. Whisked out of the airport and straight to the Country Sunshine Mexican "feast". Not much feast, no margaritas but sunshine, friends and family enough for all.
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There is plenty to do in the sunny south and much of it entailed various swimming pools and hot tubs.

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A tour of the R&L home
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Of note is that Monica finally agreed to try out her very first pedicure. The pedicure was very nice (even though they had to touch my feet, yikes). The chairs were the great massage chairs so we had the best of it all. Shared with Anne and Linda…..priceless.
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Shopping, gourmet eating, fine wine and great conversations are always a part of this group's activities.

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Mexico was a blast! Walking across to the total street market venue was really different. It seems that in much of the south, dentistry is done in Mexico. You can't walk a step without tons of offers and signs for dentists. Pharmacies are another big business there along with the silver and other types of jewellery and, of course, the "genuine" Rolex watches and Breton bags.
 
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Arriving in Mexico

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This place claims to be a Mongolian Grill but it seems not everything is bigger in texas.

We have a slightly bigger Mongolian Grill in Whitby

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We had some fun and some learning information on the area at the Santa Ana Wildlife Preserve and on a 2 hour trip on the Rio Grande with Captain Johnny Hart on the Riverside Dreamer.
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Here kitty kitty.....

Signs of the times?

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Glenda's bench is a special place for Anne.

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The BBQ men
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This is NEVER going to fit in my luggage

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Around and about Weslaco Texas
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