Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Trip to Mexico

The American Flag flies over our border with Mexico. This is the line of people going back to the U.S.A. My first time to Mexico. Uneventful and very safe.

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Was in line for maybe 1.5 hrs... and it only takes about 30 seconds to be checked by the guard at the check point in Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico.


It was a pretty place to wait, shaded, landscaped and benching all along the way. Interesting to watch the little street vendors sneaking into and behind the crowd... so take one last chance to sell you something. Policeman comes, someone shouts a warning from across the street... and they scatter.

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The line. Exhaust fumes from cars lined up next to us was really hard on me... and I hadn't thought to bring a mask. 

An interesting day, a $130 crown, and very good to be going "HOME" again.

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Espresso Stand in a courtyard by dentists' offices.

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The courtyard with fountains and birds flying in and out. Very nice.

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Typical street scenes... more Americans and Canadians there then Mexicans. Actually, many of the Mexicans looked more like Columbians.


A lightening fast wire wrapper.... making people's names while they wait. Drew a big crowd.

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These two benches were for "shoe shiners." And price "whatever you want to pay!"

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An artistic trash can.

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Finally got my tooth fixed and got in line to cross back in the good ol' U.S.A. The guard in the street is carrying a gun????


Looking back on the day, I can’t see now why I was so nervous about going to Mexico.  The most concerning thing was the dog packs running the streets (no collars or tags).

Who is Swankie?

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In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.