In our two weeks here, I have made several observations about this new home of ours. In many ways it’s different than I was expecting…but then again I don’t know that I really had that many expectations. Here are a few things I’ve noticed about Del Rio and Laughlin Air Force Base…
1. It’s small. Very small. Del Rio is basically one main street. The biggest store is Walmart. In the mall, there are some very small versions of JC Penneys, Ross, Marshalls, etc. We do have a movie theater, though…and tickets are less than half the price of what we paid in So Cal!! The base is also quite small. Last week I walked to a someone’s house in the other housing tract and it was only a 9 minute walk. (And that was me walking slowly when I realized I would be very early to the appointment!) There is a nice library here…again, very small…but I have high hopes of reading quite a large selection of their books while here!
2. There is greenery. My limited experience of Texas has just been that it is flat, flat, flat….and brown. While there aren’t mountains here, there is definitely more vegetation and variation of the land then I was expecting.
3. This is the fly capital of the state. Probably the country. A few nights ago, the Pilot came into our bedroom and informed me that the reason he hadn’t come to bed yet was because he was battling flies. He had gotten 16. Yes….16. Just in our bathroom. There were more throughout the house. This is probably largely due to the fact that we have had to leave the door/s open for extended periods of time over the past few days, what with movers bringing in furniture, and us traipsing in and out with boxes. Hopefully this fly situation will be short lived!!
4. I have never been in a place where people actually followed the speed limit. People of Del Rio…I applaud you! Even in the 30 mph zones, people are seriously going 30 mph.
5. We are going to have lots of opportunities to hang out with people! Because there isn’t much to do in town or on base, we have already spent quite a bit of time with a friend who commissioned with the Pilot at UCLA. (The other night we had a game night until 1:00 am! Fun times…) I started babysitting for another family here on base, and I look forward to spending more time with them. We’ve started visiting churches and it will be nice to get plugged in with people there and start attending a Bible study hopefully!
So there you have it. A bit of what I have learned so far. 😉