Hello from Mexico
Puerto Penasco, Mexico: Hello, Dear Reader! Today
we pointed the Magna Peregrinus south and ended up in Puerto Penasco,
Mexico! (Props to Readers Peter & Patty who spotted us on the 101 this morning
outside of Phoenix!) Viva la Mexico! We are camped on the Gulf of California - near the tip
of the gulf. We have been here before. We will be here again. Always fun. Always
cheap. Always interesting.
Dad followed us all day in his RV. We stopped in Why, Arizona for a lunch break.
This morning, I made my version of Heidi Swanson's (of
101 Cookbooks fame)
Saffron Pasta Salad. I love Heidi and I love her vegetarian recipes, but
today I did not have whole wheat pasta... but I had everything else (doesn't
everyone have saffron, goat cheese, asparagus & pine nuts in their motorhome?),
so I made my RV-version of her delicious homage to spring. I followed her recipe
"pretty much" except I used the entire 16 oz of regular orzo pasta - because
that is what I had and I could not figure out what I would do with the leftover
4 oz of orzo - and I added a cup of frozen peas and freshly-cracked black pepper.
Our gourmet lunch, on the road, pointed south to Puerto Penasco.
Dad, Dave and I stopped at a turn-out to take photos in
National Monument. The ocotillo cactus are just starting to bloom and
the desert is crazy-beautiful with wild flowers.
Organ Pipe National Monument
Ocotillo & Saguaro
Ocotillo ready to bloom in Organ Pipe National Monument
A beautiful Cholla cactus in Organ Pipe National Monument
Close-up of a Cholla. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Beautiful Organ Pipe National Monument - we drove through this for over
one hour - STUNNING!
Lupines are in bloom in the desert
Just after leaving Organ Pipe
National Monument, you leave the United States and
enter Mexico. Today - being Spring Break and the
suffering border-town economy due to the H1N1 flu
and the drug wars - we were waved through Mexican
immigration. We did not stop. We barely slowed down.
They did not ask for our passports. They did not ask
us if we had guns. They did not ask us if we had
pets. They did not ask us if we had booze, beef,
fruit, vegetables or cash. The Mexican government
didn't even ask us if we were Americans. They waved
us through. Then, they waved Dad through.
Welcome to Mexico.
Just over an hour later - over beautiful roads - we
found ourselves in Puerto Penasco at
The Reef RV Park
(where we have stayed before). Our site is probably supposed to be a
front-in campsite (for the premium ocean view), but the hook-ups are on
the beach-side, so we opted to back into our site. We have 50 amp,
"some" water pressure, and are able to find our satellites floating
above us to access HD television and high-speed internet.
Sometimes a girl just needs to rough it.
It is close quarters... and yes... most of our neighbors
are Arizona Sun Devil fans... yet they still speak to us lowly
Our situation in Puerto Penasco (also called Rocky
Point). This is our view to town - about 4 miles from our campsite.
Puerto Penasco is near the end of the Gulf of California. On a clear
day, we can see Baja California from our campsite.
And yes, Dear Reader, this is me. I am holding a
margarita. It is not a stunt margarita. I made it myself - using
recipe. (NOTE: Not for wimps.) I am pretty much schwasted as I type
this blog tonight.
If you have ever read my column while we have been in Mexico, you know
my Beloved Husband loves to stimulate the local economy.
One dollar at a
Dave loves to purchase these strange bobble-head creatures from little
native girls (I refer to Mexican Indian girls) who walk up and down the
beach after school selling
crap crafts. As is his
custom, DT does not bargain with the girls. He does not dicker. He does
not ask for a better price. He just gives the girl one dollar for her
silly bobble-head critter.
DT has quite a collection of these bobble-head trinkets.
Over the years, DT has probably sent six girls to college.
One dollar at a
I told the girls I wanted a duck. Not too bad for two
Until my next update, I remain, your Mexican correspondent.
The Reef RV Park
- Hundreds of campsites, all in sand. 30 &
50 amp power, water and sewer. Some power hookups
are shared - one camper gets the 50 amp, and their
neighbor has to use the 30 amp. This campground is
popular with ATVers, families and many Canadians
spend the winter here. A regular campsite (non-ocean
front) is $150 week.