A busy couple of weeks. We had a visit from Ken and Terry Smelcers. The Smelcers are a couple we met last year in McKinney State Park in Austin, Texas. This year they are staying at Goose Neck State Park in Rockport, TX and decided to drive down to Mission for a look at Bentsen and visit with us.
The rest of the week was a full one. On Wednesday Bentsen Park hosted a Mission Winter Texan bike event. The city of Mission sponsors a different event each month for the Winter Texans who populate the hundreds of RV parks in the Rio Grande Valley. Starting at 9:00 there were over 300 senior bike riders circling the 3 mile outside loop of the park. Myself, and another volunteer named Judy Gibbons, were stationed at the Hawk tower water station to cheer on participants and hand out water as needed. Of course, that morning it was only about 40, so not much water was consumed, but we had a great time talking with riders who stopped to either have a rest or check out the hawk tower.
The next two days, from 7:30 till 2:30, six Bentsen employees and/or volunteers traveled to Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding center where the Coastal Expo was being held for grades 2 through 6 in schools of the Rio Grande Valley. Marlin, Peggie, and I ran a bird migration game that was fun. The kids were really interested and involved and, hopefully, learned something about the perils encountered by birds on their north/south trip.
There were dozens of activities for the kids to do throughout the day. We only got a quick look at a few.
Great program and opportunity for kids to experience nature.