Last year we met about this time in Florida where we met at Lake Placid spending the day enjoying the murals painted on assorted buildings. Their plans this summer include a trip with a few other couples to Alaska, and they kindly asked us to go along. We have been talking about it every day. So we'll see after our gate guarding deal.
We said temporary goodbyes until we meet again. Friends make this whole experience so wonderful!
Sunday was my birthday and after a morning of bagels, we decided to go to Mexico! It was about 50 miles to Nuevo Progresso at the border. This was the safest spot for tourists to visit.
We parked for $2 on the US side and walked over the pedestrian bridge. All we carried was our passports, cash and a shopping bag.
|Over the Rio Grande|
It was time for some real Mexican food, and Arturo's was suggested by Donna and Ron. Waiters in black tie met you at the door and sat you at linen covered tables. The water was from the Culligan Man, so it was safe to drink. However, Donna and I had Margaritas. Whoa! They were so sour we had to put a package of Splenda in our glass. And talk about strong. Well, we ate great and felt good, and almost left a $50 tip. Caught that in time.
|Arturo's Mexican Especiale|
Soon it was time to head home. We joined the customs/immigration line which took about 10 minutes. I was hoping for a stamp in our passports, but alas, no. He didn't even notice it was my birthday. On the US side, we stopped for a bite of ice cream to clear the dust from our throats, and then we piled into the truck for the ride back.
I'm still looking for another javelina. I saw one with a baby on a ride somewhere, but didn't know it was a javelina. I thought it was just a pig. We have seen longhorns, great-tailed grackles which make the oddest sounds, plenty of gulls (being on the island), and some birds I can't identify. They look like young red-winged blackbirds, but I couldn't find them in a book. Maybe someone can id them?
At home we arrived just in time for another lovely sunset.