Good morning to all of you who are still here in the Rio Grande Valley. And many of us are here year-round. Winter Texan season may have ended but many of us have transplanted ourselves into the semi tropical region of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley. We live here year-round and have become rooted in this tropical paradise. Even so, we like a little vacation time, too. So, let' s look at what is available for us during this upcoming summer season.
Dates are available now for the Eagle Pass Casino Tour. Departures are not as frequent during the summer season but at least two departures per month are available each month. You might call these tours a "get away tour" so if your time is limited, these tours might be for you. Just remember the machines are not very often in favor of the player.
The first tour that was requested and placed on the calendar for this summer is a seven-day bus tour in July to New Mexico. That tour will be led by Father Joe Villalon who fondly remembers the bus tours that he took with his family when he was growing up. There is no better way to see the country than by car or bus. This seven-day tour is proving to be very popular and is almost sold out. The routing will take us right through San Antonio and into the beautiful hill country of Texas. Then on through the high plains of Texas before arriving into Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Years ago, a favorite tour wound up through the Hill Country and on to Amarillo and the Palo Dura Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. It is time to repeat that tour. Parents, grandparents and especially students studying Texas History will enjoy this tour. There is so much to see and do in the Hill Country, especially around Fredericksburg with the LBJ Ranch and nearby Stonewall with those big juicy Texas peaches.
As we continue our tour, travel through Midland and on to Amarillo and the Palo Dura Canyon. This summer marks the 55th season for the presentation of the outdoor musical, Texas.
Critics consider Texas to be the most spectacular outdoor drama in the world. The Palo Dura Canyon is truly a magical place with a 600-foot cliff used as the backdrop for the play. You will be proud to be a Texan - native or transplanted and rooted - as you watch the play depicting the hard ships the settlers had to overcome. You will enjoy an included barbeque dinner before the play begins. The finale to the play is, of course, what else but a real Texas sized fireworks display.
Also considered a must see while in Amarillo is the nearby Plains Historical Museum and a drive by to see the Cadillac Ranch where some eccentric felt that planting a few Cadillac’s nose down in the middle of his pasture would create a real tourist attraction. And so, it has.
Watch for dates and price in the next publication.