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Time is flying by for here it is, almost the middle of January. I am sure by now that the Christmas decorations have all been stored away. Really it makes me a little sad to realize that Christmas is now behind us. What a wonderful time we had with the entire family enjoying the Christmas festivities and the dozens of tamales that we consumed. Christmas is truly a very special time.

But now it is time to think of 2024 and all the wonderful travels we can plan for the coming year. Just yesterday, one of our passengers came into the office to tell me what a great time she and her son had on the Christmas in Mexico tour. This passenger is new to the Rio Grande valley and very eager to learn more about this special corner of Texas. She mentioned that the King Ranch Tour had been recommended to her. It is a good tour – loaded with history and nature. I am busy scheduling and very shortly should have completed arrangements for at least two King Ranch departures in February, two more in March and possibly one in April. There will be other tours soon to be announced, so check our website as well as this weekly paper for updates. Tours are selling really well, so grab a partner and sign up soon.

Texas wildflowers are a sight to behold and are especially beautiful in the Hill Country. Bluebonnets are just one of the breath-taking displays that show off for us in the Spring. Close to home are wild verbenas, some bluebonnets, different varieties of yellow daisies and the brightly colored Indian paint brushes and wine cups with an occasional out cropping of blue bells. We can even do a one-day trip sightseeing the display of wildflowers in the Sarita and Kingsville area.

I am anxious to get all those tours arranged for you. However, please realize that all hotels, restaurants, and attractions have cut off times. Most hotels expect payment and a confirmed rooming list 30 days out. In fact, there are a few hotels who expect payment and the confirmed rooming list 15 days prior to the arrival date. We are always disappointed when we cannot meet the deadline and must cancel. Please help us out. If you want to go on a trip, commit and pay early.

This is our planning time for 2024. Sometimes I have a difficult time deciding which performer at the San Antonio or Houston Rodeo will appeal to my travelers. In fact, I generally ask some of the Country Music fans to help me. Who would be your favorite for the San Antonio Rodeo – Brad Paisley, Wynona Judd, or Chris Young? And for the Houston Rodeo, would it be Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, or Cody Johnson? Let us hear your opinion.

Hope to see you out there touring with us soon.