Last year we rode this boat with Larry and Cici. They offer an hour ride and a 2 hour ride. I wanted to try this as a group activity but I was worried because it is almost an hour away. We always have to car pool. So I booked a cruise for afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. Hoping to get 25 so we could still go, I hung up the sign up sheet…..Would you believe, I filled the boat for 45 people. Put up another sign up sheet for standby. Over 50 signed up the 2nd time. Amazing. Never believed they would be all that excited. The cruise was $19. They have a nice restaurant with seating indoors or patio areas outside amongst the tropical settings of plants and patio areas. So last Tuesday we all met at the parking lot and made the drive to Mission to the Riverside Club on the Rio Grande River. It was a beautiful day. We all took our time and enjoyed ordering from the menu. Some ate inside and others outside.
Many of us ordered their good ole Midwestern tenderloin. It was only $8.99. Not a bad price. You can’t hardly find one done here so this was a real treat. It was huge, the size of the plate. Rich made a face on his. …..Ketchup and Mayo face…..
Finally we were all done. I paid for the tickets and handed out 45 boarding passes for our very own private cruise. We all went outside and wandered the grounds and lined up. The boat came in from its 1 hour cruise. Everyone debarked and we all boarded.
Usually the boat goes down river for the 1 hour cruise to the Anzalduas Dam and then back. The 2 hour cruise goes up river as far as it can go before turning around. Since this was our own cruise we were given the option to go down to the dam and then up river as far as we could go. So that is what we decided. We hadn’t been to the dam before. It was a nice ride.
We cruised up near the dam so we could see over. On the other side the captain said occasionally the water gets shallow enough that one can walk over to the other side.
The flood gates were huge. You can see how far up the gates can go to keep the water from flowing down river and flooding the low lands. Their was a lot of flooding and damage along the river back in 2010 when Hurricane Alex came inland. Also note the American and Mexican flag flying overhead. We turned around and went back past the Riverside Club up stream.
We passed Chimney Park boat ramp. You can see the police lookout up in the area. These are all over on the boarder areas, even at shopping malls and busy areas in the city’s. They have a great visual to watch for migrants or crime. You can also see all the border patrol trucks parked.
Right past the ramp is the actual Chimney Park Rv Resort and the Chimney of the original lift station that was started in 1907. The brick was made by hand in the small town of Madero not to far away. They chimney is 106 ft tall, and 6 ft in diameter. The boilers were started in 1907, and the lift station started pumping water for irrigation. The station was used for irrigation until 1952-53 droughts. After that Falcon and Anzalduas Dams were constructed and the pump wasn’t needed anymore. In the 1960’s it opened as a fishing area and eventually became the Chimney Park Resort.
We passed one area on the Mexican side which was a resort. They had sheep grazing on the grounds.
On down the river was beautiful home with an Infinity Pool out front. Just Beautiful. All this area right now is deserted as its off season. I would love to see these areas in the summer. On the Mexican side we passed several resorts. Some were classy with boat docks and beautiful buildings with large ground areas. One was damaged in Hurricane Alex in 2010, and has never really been rebuilt. On the American side it, other than Chimney Rock, it was mainly Sugar Cane fields. Bentsen State Park also boarders on the Rio Grande as well as The Butterfly Gardens by Mission Tx. .
We also seen the Border Patrol speed by…..and then another one….Along the river, we also seen the Border Conservation Police tied up on the American side. Eventually after an absolutely beautiful day, we turned back. The Captain told us many facts on his PA system as we rode. Also mentioned that a wall would take 40 years to build partly because of land that would have to be take by imminent domain. Its true. There is so many homes and business all over the banks of the Rio Grande River. Also the sugar cane fields go all the way the the Rio……
So I guess Time Will Tell……What Will Trump Do…….
So back to the dock and we all headed home after a gorgeous day on the river. While I was their I booked a 3rd trip. We’ll see how this goes. I’m collecting money right now for our next one on Feb 9th. Already have 20 paid. Will stop at 40 and start collecting for the 3rd trip on Feb 23. Who would have ever thought. I was only hoping for at least 25 so we could send out the boat…..
So tomorrow I have Segway in Bentsen State Park. This will be an awesome ride. I’ve never been their before. Again this is a park event. Wednesday nite, Us, Cici and Larry, Alice and Tom are all going to see the Oak Ridge Boys. Now that will be a fun evening. Busy days ahead. Oh gees, that means we eat out AGAIN…..lol