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Casa Santa Ana

A misty morn over the Valley. Within an hour, the mist will burn off and it will be another cheerful day designed for serious exploration in the Valley’s singular ecosystem. Of course, for many creatures it’s a nighttime world. Well, you can always make up for lost sleep once you’re back home.

WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!  For most of the nation, this isn’t much of a snowfall.  But for the Rio Grande Valley, it’s history on the hoof.  This 1 inch blanket—up to 3 inches in some places—came on Christmas morning, 2004, and was the first measurable snowfall in the Valley in 109 years.  There reportedly was no living human in South Texas who could remember snow on the ground in the Valley.  It was such a stunning event for the locals that there have been three, or is it four, collections of photos published. But don’t blink—by late afternoon it was mostly gone.

WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING: Even a small pond like the one in our yard attracts an amazing variety of creatures over time. Many guests spend their hours watching the trees around the pond for whatever comes in, which is why we had a yard list of 184 species as of April, 2010.    

Casa Santa Ana
3239 South Tower Road
Alamo, Texas 78516
(956) 783-5540