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Monday, April 1, 2013

Small Town Living

Easter Sunday was my last day of work at Laguna Atascosa NWR.

I will miss the quiet of the refuge and I will miss seeing the animals roaming around in their natural habitat. On the other hand, it is great to be back in civilization, back to 5 bars on my cell phone and a fast enough internet connection to post photos to my blog. The refuge is not very far from the island but it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere.

Technology or Nature - I guess I will move back and forth between these.

On Monday morning I moved over to South Padre.  I am on a great corner site and everything I need is within walking or biking distance.  There is a free bus on the Island and the bus also goes across the bridge to Port Isabel.

It is a short walk from my site to the beach or to the Laguna Madre. I am looking forward to spending many hours riding my bike and walking along the beach.

I will not be working during the month of April, but I will be volunteering for Sea Turtle, Inc., helping with sea turtle beach patrols. We will be looking for the nesting Kemp's Ridley turtles so that the nests can be protected. 

photo from Sea Turtle Inc. website

Now I am only a few minutes from my daughters house. Monday was moving day for her, too.  Diane and Karl are moving into a beautiful, new, 2 bedroom condo and she is happy to start setting up the baby's room.

Gramma has been shopping

All is well in Teri's World.


  1. Nice to have some time off and relax on the beach, plus be so close to family.

  2. Sounds to me like you have found the perfect place to just relax for a bit. I love my technology, but I love the serenity of nature too. Both is hard to find.

  3. How great that everything is within walking distance. Nice site.

  4. Love this area, Teri... and the Sea Turtle place... and close to your daughter and grandbaby ... what else is there... ;) I like Brownsville too... got a great bead shop there as well as a fun mall... Is that Sabo Palm refuge still around there? that was a very interesting place.

    The 'fence' was going to ruin the Rio Grande part ~ it's located right on the river ... when I was there last ... seems it was going to affect the whole place. rats

  5. Is this your first grandbaby? Congratulations!


  6. Love that you can walk and bike to everything. And by the beach, sounds like my kind of place. I know you are going to love being there and so close to your daughter and family. Seems perfect!

  7. Oh looks like April will be a lovely month for you! What fun to be working with sea turtles. That baby outfit is darling! what is it about baby clothes? They are so darn cute! I like that there's a bus too, will make grocery shopping & such easier for you.

  8. Glad to see are able to post again. Getting ready for baby is fun and that you bought a book. I love that. My granddaughter read to her baby right away and she still does he love it.

    And then on to the turtle adventure. I would love to do that some day.


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