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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Hi Howard:

I read with interest you problems with electrical power. It is interesting how dependent we become. I gues the independence is part of the lure of boondocking? Battery management is a whole other discipline and requires learning new techniques of electical power useage. It isn't difficult, just different.

I hope your upcoming adventure in the Rio Grande valley is to your liking. There are lots of winter Texans in the area. I guarantee it will be a different experience. Not a bad one just different. I do really believe that you will get itchy wheels though. Hopefully your duties as tour guides will keep you occupied enough that the itchy wheels will be cooled somewhat. One must endeavor to persevere! :-)

Thanks for the great photos and descriptions of the Padre Isand area. We plan to arrive there in late January. The area was highly recommended by friends who spent a month at Port Aransas last year.

We have been fulltiming it for 2 months now and the feeling of freedom is wonderful.

Thanks to you for your wonderful photography - so clear and real. I love that as well as your writings of adventure!
Keep up the grand job you are doing.

While I am here, please tell Linda that my daughters absolutely loved the Longhorn bracelets.

Wow Howard! What an excellent shot of the diving pelican! Glad you caught it, I sure enjoyed it.

What kind of guide do you use to be able to identify all the various birds and other wildlife you see? I am getting quite the education in flora and fauna as well as learning cool RV stuff from your website! Thanks so much!

I have very much enjoyed your postings and pictures of the past few days.

We made reservations on 03/29/2006 at Pioneer Beach Resort RV Park in Port Aransas to land there 01/06/2007 for a month, as our first extended stop in our full-timinig life. We are now 32 days from our D-Day (01/01/2007 departure date), and they are counting down very fast.

Though the excitement was already high, your descriptions and pictures of our first stop have further fueled our excitement about "getting-on" with the experience!!!!!

Howard and Linda come on down to the RGV the weather has been great. I must tell you it's going to change. Will cool down for a few days. The upper 60 and the upper 30. Keep in mind it will be short lived. You guys are probably in the Valley this morning 30th of Nov. Good Luck...GBY...

We use the National Geographic Field Guide To The Birds Of North America. That's the one we usually have with us, but we also use the Smithsonian Handbooks Birds Of North America which includes more detail on identifying marks and behavior. Linda loves that book.

Bird identification is not easy. Sometimes the process of elimination by range and behavior is the only way to narrow them down since the markings are so close. For many similar species, the only way to identify them is have them in hand. :)

For butterflies, we just picked up the Kaufman Field Guide To Butterflies Of North America. Talk about a challenge - butterflies are separated by the tiniest of markings. We just hope to identify them within the right group most of the time. :)

For everything else, I use the internet to find common animals for the area we are in. Then it's just a process of elimination or the matching of a photo to other photos on the net.

We can identify lots of stuff in the field, but we also mis-identify a lot in the field and correct ourselves back home before I post an entry. :)

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