Southern Texas Border
Traveling in Northern Mexico means that you are also traveling close to Southern Texas. Borders are such strange things to me. There is this this unnatural line in the ground. And for some reason if your on one side of the line you are in one place and on the other side of the line supposedly you are in another side, but the reality is that a line like any other geometric point is actually infinite and therefore undefinable.
Traveling past the Mexican border town of Morelos and over the Rio Grande. Compared to Morelos, there wasn’t really that much to Brownsville. That has been pretty much my experience all along the Mexico/USA border. I haven’t seen a place where the US border city was bigger than the Mexican border equivalent.
Texas however is a very big place. It was for a very brief moment it’s own country. It was with the big start flag flying I felt compelled to play the song “God Bless Texas” on our radio. In a strange twist of geographic fate we moved north, but then we moved east, then south, and were still in Texas.
Our destination was Port Isabel, Texas. Port Isabel actually started out as a Mexican townon Mexican Independence Day. It is known as a safe harbor and has a big lighthouse. The lighthouse was a battleground during the US Civil War and switched sides many times during that war.
Today Port Isabel is known as a nature paradise that is very popular with fishermen. When we were driving through the town there seemed to be a bait shop on almost every corner.
Being along the Gulf of Mexico, the catch is always good. We went to a place called Los Tortugas for some shrimp and ceviche. It was a little bit expensive, but it was very fresh.
Points of interest visited were the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the only jaguar reserve in the United States. I have to say I didn’t even know there were jaguars in the United States. The other place we visited was the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. It has about a mile of elevated platforms in which you can go and try to catch a glimpse of different birds and maybe even an alligator.
The highlight of our time in Port Isabel was taking a pontoon boat out to look for a pod of bottle nose dolphins that have made their home out in the Port Isabel Channel. Moving along the water it was interesting to see all the life that comes when there is water.
After the boat ride it was time for us to head back to Monterrey, which meant crossing the border again. It was funny to me because we flew to Tijuana, where once again we would walk back across the border. One border, 8 six states (California, Baja California Norte, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, and Texas), 4 international border crossings, all in four days, talk about keeping it moving.
Beautiful countryside! Or should I say “extraordinario!” That line-up of cars at the border crossing looks horrible, but the ceviche looks pretty good.
South Texas has been in the news lately with Pres. Trump visiting McAllen and the border crisis seemingly set in that area as ground zero. It was fun to get the contrasts of the two countries and two border crossings, which as your video points out, were quite different. Thanks again for the joint adventure. I’m jealous of your planned trip to see a few more states. I really love Mexico.
It was a fun trip, you two should come on another one with us. You might like going to Chihuahua and riding on El Chepe. It is the only passenger train left in Mexico. It goes to the copper cannon, which is deeper and wider than the grand canyon. Lots of wildlife in the canyon and it is the home to the Tarumadas, which are a tribe that still lives in cliff dwellings and can run very long distances.