Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, CA
There can never be a prediction of what a day in Algodones will be like. It never stops us from finding out though, as Bill and I just love the adventure. On Thursday, Dec. 19th, our plan was to get up and on the road to Mexico by 9. It wasn’t in the plan that we slept in until almost 7. We weren’t rushed but it was a little more of a push than we’d expected.
|Waiting for the sun to rise over the mountains
Because Bill wanted to shower before we left, he had his coffee and I headed out for my walk, alone. It was a calm day, no wind for once, and even though only 45F, it was a lovely walk. I bumped into Jo-Anne and Higgins along the way and we walked back together. At 9, Bill drove Black Beauty and we picked Ken and Kim up along the way. Bob and Jo-Anne followed us in their truck.
Higgins was very playful on his walk
We parked at the Quechan casino lot for $6 and walked across into Los Algodones. It wasn’t very busy – yet – so the first thing was to go find the Meyer Optometrist office. Bob and Jo needed some eye glasses. We hung around together and Bill and I enjoyed seeing Andy and a few of the regular Mexicans who help us get what we need each time we come. We really get a kick out of this experience.
|Bill could walk right in for his haircut
|There's my 'new' guy
While they were busy picking out glasses, Bill went next door and got a $6 haircut. From there, we all went to have breakfast/brunch. Not sure what the name of the place is but it is a yellow courtyard surrounded by vendors. I forgot to get a picture this time. The omelettes are the best and they were only $8 with refried beans and rice and you get free salsa and chips while you wait. We all enjoyed them and while waiting for the bill, Bob went in a side vendor for his haircut. You can’t beat the prices here.
|These were yummy omelettes
Then we walked to Dr. Eva Urena’s office. B, J, Bill and I made an appointment for a cleaning. They filled out the ‘first-time’ client information and then we headed into the streets to shop. The fun stuff, as Jo-Anne said. Bill and I took everyone into Snowbird Alley where we found Marlon the Artist and Israel ‘el Cheapo’. They are the ones who get your signs, mailboxes, satellite dishes and whatever else you want painted. We ordered a mailbox and watched as Marlon turned it into a masterpiece.
|Marlon's finished products waiting for pick up
|Bill was the only one with leather shoes
so he got them shined for $3 + tip
|Look at that shine!
Jo-Anne and Bob enjoyed this vendor as well and ordered a sign and a satelittle dish. Because we had to wait 2 hours for our finished products, we all agreed to go to Paraiso for margaritas.
|Ken and Kim enjoying drinks with us
That is a big ass margarita!
|Jo-Anne and Bob taking it all in too
|We visit this cafe every time we come
Bill and I sort of had a Miami Vice. The bartender mixed ½ pina colada and ½ strawberry daquiri for the effect and although it wasn’t exactly a M.V., we enjoyed it very much. We took some pictures and after picking up our goodies, we headed to the lineup to cross the state line.
|Starting with a blank slate (mailbox)
|The moon takes its position in minutes
|In no time, Marlon has a lovely scene of our choice
on one side - all from memory
|Our coyote howliing at the moon on one side
|And our daylight picture
The quail family I requested is hiding behind the flag
|Only a few people in front of us
Surprise! Surprise! It was around 2:45 and there wasn’t a very big line up. Just 20 people or so and therefore it didn’t take long at all getting back into Arizona.
|We all agreed that this was the weirdest rv that we've
Back in the park by 3:30, our friends, Tom and Deb had arrived in their Singer ‘B’. They were enjoying Happy Hour at Dave and Cheryl’s so we made a drink and took our chairs back to join the group. Cheryl was sweet enough to share her baked goodies with us all. Yum!
|Looking into the sun, Tom, Ken, Kim, Bill
|Dave, Deb, Tom
|Bill, Bob, Jo-Anne and Higgins (looking at the photographer), Cheryl
|And the sun began its disappearing act
|Good night y'all!
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