Harlingen, Texas – Day 7

Mary is at home in California enjoying the holidays with her family. She has made her airline reservations to join me here at Harlingen, Texas on January 3, 2013.

The motorhome is parked at Tropic Winds RV Resort and is scheduled to be here until January 10th. While I await Mary’s arrival on the 3rd, I’ll be seeing some local attractions, performing repairs and preventative maintenance on both the motorhome and Bronco, plus thoroughly cleaning both vehicles.

A few days ago I drove the Bronco the about 12 miles to San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Baldemar Hurte aka as Freddy Fender. If you are not a long-time Country & Western Music fan, you might not even know the name of Freddy Fender. Deep in South Texas, the region, food, people and music are all called Tex-Mex. A delightful blend of Texas and Mexican cultures. Freddy Fender is probably the best known Tex-Mex singer of all time.

The Museums of San Benito house three different museums. Here’s the link…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


I went there primarily to see the Freddy Fender Museum. As luck would have it, it was the only museum where photography was not allowed. It seems in the past someone took a photo, made a copy and tried to sell it at a local flea market. At least that’s the story I was  given by both volunteer docents…both cousins of Freddy Fender. They also showed me about 45 minutes of video and told me a lot about Freddy’s life like rising from abject poverty, to serving time in Louisiana’s Angola State Prison and to international stardom.

Here’s a few photos I did manage to get…





The reasons I like Freddy’s music is not only his voice, but he also typically switches from singing in English to singing in Spanish. Below are three links to YouTube videos.

The first is Wasted Days And Wasted Nights which launched him to international stardom…

The second is another huge hit of his…Before The Next Teardrop Falls…

And finally, my favorite…Secret Love…

Freddy died at age 69 in 2006. Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Freddy’s life…

Visiting famous people’s home town is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


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2 thoughts on “Harlingen, Texas – Day 7

  1. I was also a Freddy Fender fan! Not only was Wasted Days and Wasted Night the first song I learned to play on the guitar, but I met my husband when I stopped for a drink on my way home from a Freddy Fender concert!! How funny that you wrote this – most people do not even know who he is!! 😉

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