Sabal Palm Sanctuary

This is a wildlife preserve right on the banks of the Rio Grande, just outside Brownsville TX. It has one of the state’s largest intact areas of sabal palm habitat. Some photos from an afternoon walk. ​The Visitors Center is located inside an old plantation house ​Sabal Palms. These are a different species from the … More Sabal Palm Sanctuary

A Day in Mexico

When I made plans to stay in Brownsville, I wanted to do a day trip over to Matamoros, in Mexico. But all the travel websites said “don’t go there”, and even the State Department has warnings that it ain’t safe for gringos. But when I asked about it at the border control station, they told me … More A Day in Mexico

Well ………

I was hoping to visit the Mexican War battlefields at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma and the Civil War battlefield at Palmito Ranch, but alas they are all still closed because of the shutdown. I don’t know if they will reopen before I leave at the end of the month or not. I … More Well ………

Historical Association Museums

There are several historical buildings scattered around Brownsville TX. They are all jointly owned and managed by the Brownsville Historical Association and run as museums. Some photos from a visit. ​The Brownsville Historical Association Museum is in the old railroad depot. ​Inside the museum ​Beer bottles from the Mexican War ​Locomotive Number One ​A pistol … More Historical Association Museums

Gladys Porter Zoo

This very nice zoo was quite a big bigger than I expected it to be, given that Brownsville is not a very large city. It has very spacious enclosures for the animals, and the collection has a nice variety of species. Some photos from an afternoon at the zoo. (The zoo has a very nice … More Gladys Porter Zoo