To Each His Own

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162011

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when three different people sent me rather terse e-mails after reading yesterday’s blog, in which I said that we don’t like the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, which is a popular snowbird roost for thousands of RVers, who return there year after year.

One lady said “I don’t know why you continue to put down the Valley. My parents have been going there for over 20 years, and my husband and I have not missed a winter in Mission since we retired six years ago. It’s a wonderful place, and you have no idea what you are missing! Stop being so stubborn and set in your ways and try it!“

Another e-mail was even more direct – “The Rio Grande Valley welcomes Winter Texans with open arms! Anybody who would rather winter in Florida or Arizona is an idiot!” Well, okay then, I always suspected that I was an idiot, and now it’s official.. 🙂

The last e-mail was a little more patient with me: “I guess if you want to spend twice as much to go to Florida or Arizona, that’s your business. But I always thought you were smarter than that.” (Obviously he did not consult with the gentleman who sent the e-mail above!)

Hey, to each his own. Isn’t it great that we don’t all like the same things? Even a place as big as Texas would get crowded pretty quickly if we all showed up at once, wouldn’t it? I’ve just never understood why some folks can’t agree to disagree and do their own thing, and let others do theirs.

I’ve spent the last few days working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and with any luck at all, I’ll have it ready to upload to the printer’s server this evening. Except for our dinner out with Al Hesselbart on Saturday evening, and stopping to visit with Bruce and Linda Fay, who were at the campground in their beautiful Prevost bus conversion on Sunday, I haven’t left my desk except to sleep and eat.

Miss Terry has been keeping busy catching up on some grocery shopping, writing her recipe column for the paper, and proofing stories as I get them written. Along with all of her other chores, of course, like keeping our home looking nice and tidy, cooking, laundry, and bookkeeping. We never seem to let any grass grow under our feet!

I am looking forward to getting this issue printed and mailed, because I still have to finalize the schedule for our Eastern Rally, I want to get back to work on the sequel to my Big Lake mystery novel, and the Saint Joseph River here seems to be calling to us to put our kayaks in, for a nice, relaxing paddle.

Speaking of the rally, reservations are coming in every day, and I think we’re going to have a very nice turnout. If you haven’t registered yet, I hope you will soon. We’d love to have you join all of the fun!

Thought For The Day – Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.

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  20 Responses to “To Each His Own”

  1. I’m with you Nick. I spent one winter in the Valley and hated every day of it. If we had not rented a place for the season we’d have left the first week. Traffic in Mission is as busy and hectic as Los Angeles, most of the RV parks are filled with grouchy old farts who wouldn’t crack a smile if they won the lottery, and we got so many sand burrs in our dog’s feet he got infected and needed two trips to the vet. You couldn’t give me the whole place!

  2. “Winter Texans are welcomed with open arms…” At least that’s the public stance. In private, you’re more likely to hear: ” …the typical Winter Texan comes down here with a dime and a T-shirt and they don’t want to change either one.”

    The first of four 55 mph winds took our slide topper. In almost three months, we NEVER got a mild enough day to eat a meal outside. (That explains why our campground didn’t have picnic tables.) When the extended forecast called for 25-35 mph winds for the next 4-6 days, we left ten days early and headed for balmy Florida.

    If your idea of a winter sojourn is relaxing under an open awning with a beer in one hand and a book in the other, southern Florida is the place to be. You generally get what you pay for. If “CHEAP” is what you be, then “wind” your way to the RGV.

  3. I agree, let the Texans keep the RGV.

  4. I agree with you, Nick. I’ve only spent two days in the RGV, but I’m not anxious to return. We like it much better further north, up around Rockport/Aransis way, although it’s not exactly balmy that far north. We also like Arizona, but settled in south Florida, because it is warm and balmy in January, and it is somewhat closer to our grandchildren in the northeast. Wherever you travel, enjoy.

    BTW, have you ever considered alternating winter rallys between Arizona and Florida?

  5. Being Texans we allow a snowbird to take our place in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. It is dusty and windy. We have friends that think it is wonderful, but we would rather travel a greater distance to winter. Most of Texas is not that bad in the winter so why go to where it is windy most all the time. To each it own. Actually we love to go to Arizona for part of the year and as a bonus there is your Rally. Glad you do not have it in the Texas Valley.

  6. Yea, get to work on that Big Lake sequel Nick, I really enjoyed the first one!

  7. We winter in Florida. Have tried both Texas and southern Arizona/California area in winter. Too dry and windy for us. We like Florida in the winter. However, that said, we are glad others like Texas and southern Arizona/California instead. If every one wanted to come to Florida, we would sink. So to each his own.

    People should enjoy their own choice for a winter home but let others enjoy their choice. Just because we or Nick prefer Florida shouldn’t cause an uproar. It is a personal choice. Florida can be expensive but it can also be reasonable if you know where and when to go places. Give Nick some slack.

  8. I don’t see what the big deal is if you like something that someone else doesn’t or if someone likes something that you don’t. I am sorry to say Nick, some of your readership is not too bright.

  9. Different strokes for different folks. We have wintered in Arizona and Texas. Arizona is nice but getting expensive. The wind blows almost constantly in the winter in AZ.
    This past winter we stayed in Texas for the winter. The wind blows constantly there also. As for Florida you can not pay me enough to go there. Yes we have been there several times. It is crowded and noisy and has very expensive RV park. This is unless you are a member of a park such as TT or ROD. We have not been to RGV, and have no intentions of going there we will just stick to our little park in Hondo.

  10. I have found a very hospitable Central Florida park with full hookups – metered 50 amp – for 3 months at 315/ month. I dont think thats expensive especially with so much to do within a 40-50 mile radius. Lakes, rivers lots of small rallies and RV events, great music available daily and all the touristy stuff you can handle which I ignore. Havent wintered in T or A and really have no actual interest. Have travelled and stayed in NM, TX, AZ, OK, CA and find them all great places to visit for a spell and then move on.

  11. If the grass under your feet needs mowed, it’s time to move.

    I have wintered in all 3 areas & give me AZ. Got shocked in a hot tub in RGV & will not go back. Spent 7 winters of the 14 on the road in FL. Arthritis kicked in with the dampness. Give me AZ where we can see our mountains. They aren’t under a blanket of trees.

  12. Al, what’s the name of the park in Florida?

  13. Having grown to a respectable age onthe Great Plains. I understand wind. We wintered in AZ last winter and spent this summer in The Colorado Springs area. Bothe Tucson and Co Spr weather folks predict a windy day and Then would give the MPH to expect. In Ks or OK those wind speeds were not enought to be conversation. AND we would say to each other “that is windy?’. When we stopped in Aransas Pass TX this spring to visit family we are ill prepared for the strong winds and high humidity. Having been dried out in SE AZ all winter the 80% air and 40 MPH breezes made life sticky. The wind a year earlier would not have been mentioned except to help someone retrieve their hat. IT IS all in what we get used to and what we are not silling to get used to.

  14. I wouldn’t go back to the Rio Grande if you paid me. The wind never stops, humid everything gets wet and the campground C to C was very unfriendly. The office gave me no help when I got sick and one guy said they were not baby sitters. The dust storms were terrible. Will take Florida any day, Arizona I love but too far to drive from Ontario.

  15. We didn’t like the Rio Grande Valley; too much wind and traffic. But, we don’t like Florida, either; too much humidity. We prefer Arizona except for the need to drive through the great plains to get there from Minnesota. I agree that it’s good this country is big enough to offer something to please each of us. Just think, if we lived in Europe we might be be deciding between Italy and the south of France and having to deal with different languages, etc. I think we have it good here.

  16. It seems like alot of people place their opinion of a location based on
    a couple days stay, bad experience at one park, etc. We have stayed
    in the Rio Grande Valley for 3 months for the past 7 years. Yes, there is
    wind sometimes but NOT all the time. We stay away from places like
    Mission because of high traffic. We are in a town of less than 10,000
    people, have a Wal-Mart, HEB and many restaurants. This year many
    people commented on the lack of high winds for most of Jan. & Feb. It did
    pick up a little in March but the word here is ADAPT. We left out awning out
    the whole time, of course, it was well anchored, just in case.
    We are 35 mins. from the parking lot to Progresso, Mex. and take the
    FM roads to get there – no traffic. We are about 50 Miles from So. Padre
    Island for all the sun and sand you may want. We have been in 2 different
    parks and neither one had picnic tables. I don’t believe adult rv parks do.
    We also don’t have a pool or hot tub and for this we pay $625.00 for the
    3 mos. Many of us are not full-timers and do not have large pensions to
    support a higher life style. But the people in our current park are friendly,
    we have entertainment every week, dances and other activities. So as Nick
    says, go where you are comfortable and enjoy the location.
    Have many friends that go to Florida and they enjoy it but not the heavy
    traffic. As the saying goes, that’s why they make wallpaper. (Heard that
    Just go somewhere where you don’t have to shovel SNOW.

  17. I have a difficult time understanding the current trend in our society to insist that all of one’s opinions and likes or dislikes are the only legitimate ones. To call someone an idiot just because they disagree with you is moronic.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on any subject. It is perfectly acceptable to try to change another’s way of thinking to agree with your own, but it is not acceptable in a civilized society to denigrate their opinion.

  18. +1, Dennis M. Well said.

  19. We will be registering Sept. 1 for the rally. Can’t wait, and thanks for the moderate voice of reason in all the hoopla about who’s an idiot and who’s not for why and where they spend their winters.

  20. I have spent a winter in Florida, Texas and Arizona. I am not a Floridian! Florida was cold windy with high humidity, this was not my idea of winter fun. I am glad I went once and did enjoy the time in Florida. Texas was windy in the Valley, but Texas was warm in the Valley. I liked Texas as tour, lots of variety.
    I have spent 3 winters in Arizona and I LOVE Arizona. The winter weather is very similar to a Saskatchewan simmer. Saskatchewan is my home in the summer and Arizona is my first choice for the winter. I do not regret my time in Texas or Florida but I am definitely not a Floridian.

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