Saturday, January 10, 2009

Canadian Snowbirds fly to Texas

Curious to find out why so many Canucks like to winter in this south Texas community? Ask snowbird Bob Bigelow to show you some snaps from home.

If you can get him away from the pool in his Texas RV park, Bigelow is more than happy to show off a couple of wallet-size photos of the metre high snow drifts surrounding his Ontario home.

"I keep them handy in case I get homesick," he laughs.
Ontario residents (from left) Bob and Patsy Bigelow, Jocelyne and Rejean Gratton are representative of the 50,000 or so Canadians who spend part of the winter in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas.

Bigelow and his wife Patsy have spent the past two winters morphing into "Winter Texans," enjoying a TexMex diet of warm weather, frigid margaritas and four to five months of winter amnesia.

The couple arrived at the Sunshine RV Resort on the edge of this Texas town in early December. They won't be turning their truck and fifth-wheel trailer around and heading back home until April. They're part of about 50,000 Canadians, most of them retirees on fixed incomes, who spend at least part of the winter in the Rio Grande Valley.
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