Saturday, January 18, 2014
The city of Roma is about an hour west of Bentsen so we set out early, with a breakfast stop at Margarita's to sample Texas' version of Huevos Rancheros. We love the food here, but today our vote was for James, who makes this Mexican egg concoction for us at home. The waiter was not busy so we chatted quite a bit with him and he offered to take our picture.
Roma sits high above the Rio Grande River on the US side and the World Birding Center maintains an open deck that provides great views East, West, and South across to Mexico.
Of the nine World Birding Centers that are located along 120 miles of the Rio Grande river, Roma Bluffs is the furthest west. The WBC Visitors center there is located in the Roma Historic District. It is owned by the city but operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This small facility is housed in one of the historic buildings and includes several small gardens and patios. The day we visited, the docent explained the reason there were no birds in any of the gardens. Apparently a hawk had been spending the last two days perched in a tree over looking the center waiting for an easy meal.
Roma was designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1993. A nine square-block area traces its roots back to the Spanish Colonial colonists in the 1760's. More than 30 buildings in this area were constructed in the 1880's
Roma has a long proud history, hope they can keep it going.
Saturday night dinner with our co-hosts Fred & Charlotte and Peggy.
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