By this time, most of our Winter Texans have left the Rio Grande Valley, either to head off to your next adventure, to check on the farm, or to see those grandkids with whom the Valley just can’t compete. Something tells me that those who haven’t left just yet will, as Tim Smith from KRGV Channel 5 is projecting a high of 103 Saturday. (Sigh!)
And so it goes with life in the Rio Grande Valley. We love our winters but shudder just thinking about June, July, and August. In all honesty, though, I’d rather brave a South Texas summer than to try to live through another North Texas one (that’s why I only lasted in Dallas one year)! The Valley may be hot, but the high humidity and proximity to the coast allow for ‘cool’ breezes throughout the day and into the evenings. Yes, to some it might be called wind, but let this optimist see the glass as half full. It’s one of the only things that gets me through the summer.
The summers are hard, there is no doubt, but I would rather sweat through the summer than have to shovel snow. But I will say that as I get older and starting planning for the future, the thought of becoming a Winter Texan myself has crossed my mind a time or two. Spending the summer months on a lake somewhere in Michigan sounds mighty fine to me!
Whether you are still here or up north, you are always in our thoughts. We anxiously await your return and that touch of cooler weather you tend to bring with you.
We’re just connecting the dots,
Kristi Collier is a McAllen native who loves to share her passion for the area with others. Her company, Welcome Home RGV caters to the Winter & Converted Texan market through their events, activities, special interest publications and more. For more information, call the Welcome Home RGV office at 956-687-5115 or visit their website at www.welcomehomergv.com or on facebook at facebook.com/whrgv and facebook.com/wintertexan.