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Posted 05-31-2009 at 12:48 PM by geaugeausmom

;Sorry, got bumped off.

We left Nogales and crossed the border into Mexico. Getting into Mexico was a totally painless process. While at customs, I noted men in the parking lot selling "stuff."
One guy was selling fresh, homemade tamales, and I could not resist. Mexican food is one of my favorites.
I did think about the cleanliness and sanitation--or lack thereof--of his wife's kitchen, but pushed that little niggle out of the way. After all, I was going to nuke them before I ate them. When I did, finally, get around to eating them, they were scrump-dilly-icious. Not at all like north of the border tamales, but good, good, good.

We were to spend our first couple of nights in San Carlos, and, as BC had been there before, she led the way.

The RV park where we were to stay is right on the edge of town. BC passed that one, and I didn't know the difference so I followed. She wound around through town, up into the hills, back-tracking, turning around in the middle of the road and just generally getting us lost. We finally ended up at the gate of a gated residential community, so we had to turn around again. I was so involved in missing the long iron pole of the gate that I totally missed seeing the huge chain that was hanging from it. Suddenly, there was this horrible crunching, crashing sound. and I nearly came unglued. The other two gals heard it, too, and we all got out to see what had happened. The chain had ripped my awning completely off the camper!

We were able to get it rolled up and attached to the camper so that we could at least get to the RV park. The butterflies in my stomach were reproducing at a tremendous rate. Here it was, the first day of our trip, and I had experienced a major catastrophe.

I immediately thought of the irate woman and her bad luck wish for me.

We got to the RV park that we had passed up an hour before and got ourselves settled in. By that time, the sun was over the yardarm somewhere in the world, and I was ready for a relaxing drink or two or three or.... It is a lovely little park, and I made a sweet little discovery. It was filled with key lime trees which were loaded. By the time we left San Carlos several days later, I had bags of the little limes. What a bonanza!

The next day, the park owners directed me to a gentleman who could possibly help me with the awning. When I found his shop down a little back alley, I thought that someone had given me wrong directions, for all I found was this shed-like structure with all these Mexican men and women sitting around enjoying life.

Bear in mind that my Spanish is limited to a few universal phrases such as 'gracias' and 'por favor' and 'no habla Espanol'. Their English was limited to 'no habla Anglais'.

I approached the group and spoke the name given to me. One of the gentlemen stood and came to me. With many gestures and a word or two here and there. I made the problem clear to him. While we were "communicating" two of young men, a very pregnant girl, and a slightly older woman came to join us.

The three men climbed up on top of the camper with several rolls of duct tape--yea! good old American duct tape--and proceeded to roll the awning very tightly then tape it down to the top. While this was going on, I learned that the woman was the man's wife, the pregnant girl was the wife of one of the two sons, the baby was due any minute, and it would be a 'nino'. No, no, I said, 'nina'. Then, the men joined us, and all of us stood around arguing 'nino,' 'nina'.

This was my introduction to the Mexican population. This family could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. We spent a couple of hours talking and laughing, even though our language skills were nil to nothing. When I asked how much I owed him for the awning, he said, 'nada, nada.' 'Si, si, I must pay you something.' Finally, I pressed $20 on him and told him to take his senora to the local bar for a couple of beers that night. That absolutely delighted all of them.
What a wonderfu afternoon I spent with those delightful people.

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    Hi: Sounds like a VERY good life to me! Better than a rockin' chair. Isn't it amazing what occurs when a person just stops and says"HI or even a smile. I'm in the community service sector (RURITAN) so i know some of the needs of people. I also have traveled alone; it's good to be able to think w/ no ?'s for a few days. I traveled (alone) 900mi.-8 days on the Tn.&Cumberland River systems. It took 1 1/2 days for the stress to leave. What a relief. Photos-video- 28 page journal only to be told by the local newspaper "NO HUMAN INTEREST THERE". Next week-end - two beagle dogs and a fox hound got the coverage. I moved on-cancelled the paper subscription-showed them...Take Care-Safe Journeys...
    Posted 06-15-2009 at 01:11 PM by skipwil skipwil is offline
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    I remember my first trip to Mexico.

    Was a total rat!

    This local bank wouldn't let us utilize cheques, apparently check printing is their strong point..

    Next time, I should just carry credit cards with enough balance
    Posted 07-11-2009 at 08:05 AM by nzhind nzhind is offline
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