Winter Trip Plans

We are planning to stay at one place this winter for about six weeks since we’ll be returning early to go on a birding trip in late March. We have reservations in the Rio Grande Valley at a funky little RV park called Americana The Birding Center RV Park.

I have stayed there before and while not really into all the “activities” offered, I like the fact that you can bike to the Bentsen- Rio Grand Valley World Bird Site and it’s a short drive or a day trip to eight others:

It’s easy to get up to Salenino and Falcon Lake State Park and dozens of other RGV hotspots. Sitting here in cool rainy Vermont, I’m getting itchy.

Here are some shots off the web of the park — it’s old school and very birder-friendly.


Park entrance

Tree-lined streets offer shade and onsite birding.

The pool is a popular gathering spot

The park, like most, has modest wifi. It is strongest here.

While we will miss hitting Arizona and California this winter, we’ll see how ‘staying put” works out. Stay tuned.




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One Response to Winter Trip Plans

  1. Ginny Alfano says:

    Good Morning, Dick!

    Sounds like a good plan – hope it works out well for you. We are headed south this winter for the first time now that we are both retired. I guess you could say we are now going to be true snowbirder’s :). For us, it will be four different SC state parks. Jim’s very excited about not shoveling and plowing snow for the first time in forty years!! Anyway, wanted to let you know about a couple of websites that I came across that offer free camping for people. There is a charge to join, but it’s well worth it.

    The first one is Farms, vineyards, museums, etc. all across the country open their doors to people traveling by RV. You get to stay for free. The trade off for the businesses is that you probably will buy a bottle of wine at the vineyards or milk, eggs, etc at the dairy farms. It’s not necessary, but it’s a nice good will gesture. It’s a win win for everyone.

    The second site is The difference here, is that these are fellow RV’ers who offer their driveways or a piece of their property for you to stay on overnight for free. Nothing expected in return. Jim and I will be staying at a farm and two vineyards on our way to SC. Can’t wait to try it out! We have added our place to this site in case anyone might want to stay here during the good months of the year. We’re kind of out of the way, but you never know.

    Best of luck to you and Sally in your winter adventure. Sounds like great birding!!

    Ginny Alfano
    Cleveland, NY

    “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least — and it is commonly more than that — sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. ”

    Henry David Thoreau

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