logo

THIS IS THE NEW SERVER - WE ARE STILL TWEAKING IT
Channel List
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
Safety
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Newest Members
wabbithung, RugGirl, MichaellWaugh, Sandra Figg, Lienkie
58105 Registered Users
Forum Stats
58,105 Registered Members
417 Forums
117,348 Topics
834,883 Posts

Most users ever online: 615 @ 04/22/15 10:11 AM
Top Posters (30 Days)
"Rosie" 394
Nancy Roussy 322
Connie - ADD/Sandwiches 186
Mona - Astronomy 94
freekundli 45
Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames 35
Deanna - New Age 29
Angie 19
Angela - Drama Movies 13
Debbie-SpiritualityEditor 13
Ad Income Supports Charity
Topic Options
#641884 - 11/11/10 01:38 PM Best States to be a Snowbird
RV Editor Erin Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 04/18/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Oregon, United States
I recently posted this article Best States to be a Snowbird and have already received much feedback. Several folks offered up their favorite towns and RV resorts, while others expressed safety concerns in reference to wintering near the Mexican border.

I would love to open up this forum thread for people to share their favorite winter destinations. Also, for those staying in a location that borders Mexico, like anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, please share your thoughts on safety. Has the recent drug cartel violence affected your travel plans? Do you plan to visit Mexico? If so, are you taking any extra precautions when you cross the border?

_________________________
Erin Lehn Floresca
BellaOnline RV Editor
RV.BellaOnline.com

Top
#641894 - 11/11/10 02:31 PM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: RV Editor Erin]
MarcD Offline
Newbie

Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 1
We recently retired 4 years ago and have been doing some traveling from east to west. Since the topic is "Wintering in Texas" I will keep the conversation as such. While heading to Texas from Arizona my wife asked if we would take I-10 through El Paso again. I said no, as I could tell she had that look in her face. Last year we took that route and wanted to stop at Big Bend NP, but had spoken to a NP ranger and he said he transfered from there because his wife felt no longer safe there. So be that as it may, we took a different route north of I-10. It was a great choice. The point I guess I am making is that why take the chance. The situation on our borders are not good. Why should we expose ourselves to some very unsafe situations when there are so many other avenues? There are some very beautiful places in Texas other than near the Mexico borders. Some of the places we will visit or spend time "wintering" are in the Hill Country, ex. Fredericksburg, then as it cools down head to the Aransas Pass area off the gulf coast. Life is too short to take risks when it is not necessary.

Top
#642072 - 11/12/10 02:41 PM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: MarcD]
RV Editor Erin Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 04/18/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Oregon, United States
Hey MarcD! Thanks so much for sharing your story and offering up some alternate places to hang out in Texas. I totally understand the decision to reroute your trip!! Just curious since I am in the Pacific NW and you said you headed from Arizona, do they feel the same way down near places like Yuma and Quartzsite right now? How about Deming, New Mexico? Is that whole route along I-10 just a scary place to be?
_________________________
Erin Lehn Floresca
BellaOnline RV Editor
RV.BellaOnline.com

Top
#651116 - 12/22/10 10:16 AM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: RV Editor Erin]
Jilly Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Highest Posting Power Known to Humanity

Registered: 02/26/03
Posts: 14392
Loc: Verde Valley, AZ
Quartzite isn't considered near Mexico at all, so ppl are safe there. It's as far from Mexico as Los Angeles. smile

I have no issues with Yuma either, or San Diego. Big American cities.

That is really too bad about Big Bend. I adore that park.

A park like Organ Pipe, on the AZ border, is probably not really safe anymore.

Top
#651264 - 12/22/10 04:25 PM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: Jilly]
RV Editor Erin Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 04/18/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Oregon, United States
That is too bad too, since Organ Pipe is such a unique and lovely park!
_________________________
Erin Lehn Floresca
BellaOnline RV Editor
RV.BellaOnline.com

Top
#651436 - 12/23/10 11:48 AM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: RV Editor Erin]
Jilly Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Highest Posting Power Known to Humanity

Registered: 02/26/03
Posts: 14392
Loc: Verde Valley, AZ
I agree. I have spent much time camping and hiking there - it's pretty unique. Much nicer than the Saguaro Parks.

Are the coasts of the states of LA, MS, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia good for snowbirds?

Top
#651622 - 12/24/10 04:12 PM Re: Best States to be a Snowbird [Re: Jilly]
RV Editor Erin Offline
BellaOnline Editor
Jellyfish

Registered: 04/18/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Oregon, United States
You know, I personally don't find those states as RV friendly during the winter months because they can get pretty cold. I lived in The South for many years and we had some cold weather during the winter months. Cold enough that when I think of snowbirding, anything much north of Orlando, Florida is not on the top of my list.
_________________________
Erin Lehn Floresca
BellaOnline RV Editor
RV.BellaOnline.com

Top

Moderator:  RV Editor Erin 

Want to reply? Register as a Forum Member - it's quick, free and fun!
Brand New Posts
M1 Crab Nebula
by Mona - Astronomy
Astronomy
Brighter Living - What will You do today?
by Deanna - New Age
New Age
06:04 AM
What sci fi/fantasy movie to you watch over & over
by Deanna - New Age
Sci Fi/Fantasy Movies
06:01 AM
Star Trek Into Darkness Movie Review
by Deanna - New Age
Action Movies
05:57 AM
Jurassic World Movie Review
by Deanna - New Age
Action Movies
05:54 AM
Where are you and how is the weather?
by Nancy Roussy
Inspiration
05:54 AM
London Has Fallen Movie Review
by Deanna - New Age
Action Movies
05:53 AM
What will you do today?
by Nancy Roussy
Inspiration
05:52 AM
Watching with subtitles
by Deanna - New Age
Action Movies
05:52 AM
What's your Typical Daily Menu?
by Nancy Roussy
Low Carb
05:49 AM
Register to Post!
Want to post? For security reasons you need to Register as a Forum Member. It's quick, easy and free!
Forum Activities
Book Clubs
Trivia Contests
Who's Online
1 registered (Mona - Astronomy), 54 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Ad Income Supports Charity



| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.