I had an easy drive today from Del Rio to the Fort Stockton Texas Walmart, and now I'm comfortably boondocked with about five other RVs.
I didn't have far to go, the weather was just about perfect, I had a tailwind, and I'm boondocking for free, it just doesn't get any better than that for a traveling full-timer.
The only downside so far is that the diesel fuel in Fort Stockton is about $.30 higher than it was in Del Rio even at the Walmart gas station. I think the only explanation for that is the county and the city have put a high tax on the fuel here. Things like that can come back to bite greedy governments because over time people will learn to get their gas before they get to Fort Stockton or keep on driving to another town. Not that there's a whole passel of towns around here, in fact this area is hardly populated at all, but sooner or later people will find a way to keep from being ripped off.
Now that I'm officially on the way back to my summer quarters I guess it's accurate to say that I spent the winter on Padre Island and Lake Amistad NRA just outside of Del Rio. I thought I was going to go further south down to the Brownsville area but ended up staying more north than I thought I would. That ended up being okay because the weather wasn't all that bad and only got below freezing a few times which is not a big deal to me.
The only thing I did that I wouldn't do again is spend a month on Padre Island. Staying inland in the Corpus Christi area probably would've been just fine. And staying on Padre Island for about a week would've been plenty.
I enjoyed my stay in Texas enough that I would come back again. The weather was pretty tolerable and all the folks I met were really nice. so now I've got two places I can spend the winter, southern Arizona, and southern Texas. I may check out southern Florida sometime but my expectations for that area are pretty low. but who knows maybe I'll run into somebody who has knowledge of the area and will change my mind.