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Along The Border: Del Rio, TX
This west Texas town along the Rio Grande River offers lots of attractions for the history buff and outdoor enthusiast. Lake Amistad here is one of the largest lakes in the state.
There are several historic houses and buildings in town. Be sure to pick up an historical guide when in town, and drive by the Brinkley Mansion, where the eccentric Dr. Brinkley used to draw crowds to see his lighted water fountain and listen to organ music he played nightly. He started the powerhouse radio station XER in the 1930s in nearby Ciudad Acuna, which boomed out 1 million watts of broadcasting, including ads for his goat gland implant operations which professed to do the same as what viagra does today.
RVers and vacationers flock to the town for the mild temperatures and the large Lake Amistad, which we are told has excellent catfish and Bass fishing. On the Amistad Dam, you can walk halfway and be in the United States and Mexico. Be aware that much of the land surrounding the 800 acre lake is privately owned. There are nearby primitive campgrounds (no water or electricity provided) where we noticed several RVers enjoying the sunshine. Kayaking trips along the river are available, including tours of nearby rock art at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. We could see and hear jets flying in the area, which Del Rio is home to Laughlin Air Force Training Base nearby
Situated just across the border from Del Rio, Ciudad Acuna provides a relaxing destination for across-the-border shopping, nightlife, and dining.
Most country music fans have heard of George Strait's 1980s hit, Blame It On Mexico, where Ma Crosby's Restaurant is mentioned. After arriving at Villa Del Rio, we were encouraged by Sarah and Jay, the manager and owner of the Villa Del Rio Bed & Breakfast, to take a very short drive over the border to eat there. Seeing as how we had never driven into Mexico, and especially at night, we were a little pensive. We decided to go and were not disappointed as Ma Crosby's restaurant served up a delicious meal with large margaritas and serenading guitar players. Old photos lined the walls of Pancho Villa and other notable Mexicans. Parking is located right behind the restaurant, and we enjoyed walking the streets. We plan to stay longer next time and do some shopping and enjoy the mariachis.
As we left Acuna to head back across the border, I thought of that George Strait song and "I found myself not feeling any pain."
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