A busy few days

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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John's and Bertha's

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Bertha, who is originally from Mexico, had asked us what we would like to do while we are here. Karen responded with, 'eat authentic Mexican food'. So, after lunch today we drove to the border crossing near El Centro, and entered the town of Mexicali, Mexico. The traffic going and coming was very heavy at the border but surprisingly there were no Mexican border agents at all. The winds were really strong, blowing sand all over the place and we could feel it in our mouths. Bertha’s dental practice was in Mexicali and she drove us around. She has two homes here, one she rents out and the other they use when they are in town. Her brother lives next door.

We went to a Mexican restaurant for supper and ate ‘authentic’ Mexican food which was just great. After supper we visited one of Bertha’s nieces and her children.

We drove back across the border, but it is much harder to get into the States than leaving and the lines of cars were very long at the border. Before getting to the US border agents there were people selling just about everything under the sun, and begging for money.

We drove home and to Star at Wal-Mart.

Saturday,

We spent the day in Yuma, AZ one hour away. We drove through another area of sand dunes and the RVs again were parked among the dunes. We saw many people sand duning using dune buggies and bikes . We drove through the desert and then in the middle of nowhere a casino pops up, run by the local Indian tribe. It seems that every tribe runs a casino. As we approached Yuma the landscape changed again, it became green and lush. The land is well irrigated from the Colorado River and the farmers grow dates and citrus in this area. In Yuma we went to three different flea markets. These markets really cater to RVers with almost every camping accessory you could possibly need for sale.

Between Yuma and El Centro there are geothermal energy plants and hot spas. We stopped at a hot spa where there are two pools and a sprinkler that take advantage of the hot water. A gentleman told us the water is 120F, quite toasty. Bertha told us that years ago these pools were clothing optional but now there’s a sign saying that bathing suits must be worn.

On the way home we stopped at Sizzlers for supper, boy what a place to eat. You order your meal at the counter and before you receive your meal you basically overindulge at the salad bar which has every type of food, enough to make a meal all its self. We ate so much that the four of us ended up taking our entrees home to have the next day for supper.

We set up John’s new TV for him then back to Star

Travelled in: California, Mexico, Arizona
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