Saturday, April 12, 2014

Exploring the Valley

There was so much around the area and tried to get to as much as we could.  Here are some of our adventures:

Los Ebanos Ferry:  This is a hand operated ferry across the Rio Grande and is only one of it kind that exist.  It is a designated as a state historical marker and will carry 3 cars and unlimited passengers.  It is really a site to see:

Hand pulled Ferry across the Rio Grande

Pioneer Days: This was a day that The Museum of South Texas History  celebrated South Texas pioneer and ranching heritage.  There was numerous activities including folkloric dance group, animals from Gladys Porter Zoo, artisans demonstrating their crafts, local cowboys showing their roping skills and even local Indian tribe showing their part in the history of the Valley.  Of course there was food booths so you were able to try local foods such as authentic 1910 chuck wagon, nopales prepared by a chef from H-E-B, tacos de fajita, chili and cornbread, pan de campo (cowboy bread) and aguas frescas.  We went with our co-park host Marlin & Judy Cook and really had a fun day. 

Marine Science Discovery Cruise:  We got the chance to go to South Padre and take a teaching boat out in the bay and learn about the area.  It was really an interesting cruise.  They went out and ran a net and caught marine life and invertebrates and we also able to see dolphins and pelicans.  We watched a video about the balance of sea life, plant life and the environment and learned about the mistakes being made today and things being done to correct the problems.  It was a fun interesting day.