|Our Thursday ride to Algodones, Mexico|
|Our drive from Temecula to San Diego, CA, 8 days earlier.|
|Scrub, scrub scrub....|
|Christmas is alive and well here in the RV Resort|
We don't have the photos to prove it but we shared a Wednesday afternoon happy hour with our motorcycle friends (and Jeanette's school year colleagues) at a pool side karaoke. One of our motorcyclist friends, Fred did get up to entertain the audience. Nice!
|The greening of this valley|
|Depending on the crop, one can actually smell the vegetables when riding near the fields.|
We parked at the Quechan Indian owned parking facility on the US side of the border, paid our $6, parked and walked right into Algodones. Quechan Tribal Council A large casino also dots the area near the border crossing.
|Smaller tourist crowds at this time of the year.|
Clicking on the WEB site will colour a very good picture for those who aren't familiar with what Los Algodones, Mexico has to offer tourists and visitors. Visiting Los Algodones, B.C. - “Border Medical Land”
|Enjoying a lemonade while waiting for her lunch.|
|Any type, any size....and we've never had a bad meal here, these past several years.|
I will just add that I had a very good experience with a dental issue that was corrected here, three years ago. My research led me to a highly qualified dental surgeon that resulted in a successful root canal and crown.
Our Canadian dentist, who had earlier performed the root canal, failed the procedure and that led to complications with an infection and the need for a complete re-do dental surgery. Our dental plan (as with most dental plans) will only cover one root canal procedure on a tooth - even if the original procedure had failed. If further intervention is required - such as a second surgery for me - it is incredibly costly to to pay for out of pocket. The second surgery in Canada would have cost me between $3,000 and $4,000 - including a new crown. The very same procedure was performed in Los Algodones for $390 Canadian dollars.
I do not advocate for the Los Algodones dental services; I merely relate my own personal and most positive experience. It is important for anyone to do a thorough research before making their own personal decisions.
With no line ups when we chose to leave Los Algodones for the US Customs, we were quickly back at the motorcycle and heading to a pre-arranged meet and greet with George and Suzie, Our Awesome Travels bloggers who call Ontario home when they aren't traveling the highways and byways of the US of A.
|The RV park where we found George and Suzie enjoying a lovely early Thursday afternoon.|
|Their RV site|
|Riding up to George and Suzie's RV site.|
|George had his camera at the ready when we were readying to leave their RV park.|
|Jeanette took this photo just before we left.|
|It was a nice evening and we enjoyed dinner sitting outside of their lovely park model home at Country Roads RV Resort.|
Our family is French Canadian. Bernie (Bernard is his full name) and I speak French. Our siblings (all six of us) grew up with the language and culture and traditions. We grew up speaking the language at home, in St. Paul, Alberta. The French traditions - and the language - carry on today. Rita, Bernie's wife is also French Canadian. She too bakes 'tourtiere'. That said though, Jeanette, equally talented at baking 'tourtiere', brought this meal over to their place. In advance of Christmas, she made several 'tourtieres' and brought a few frozen pies along when we left on our RV'ing journey.
Also to note is the fact that Jeanette is not of French Canadian descent. She is bilingual however, having grown up in a very traditional Ukrainian household on their family farm in central/east Alberta. But she does make a fantastic 'tourtiere'. And she also regularly prepares fantastic traditional Ukrainian meals.
|Tourtiere was fantastic! And we followed that up with not one....but TWO deserts. Can't beat that kind of evening.|
Saturday is departure day for us. We begin our journey towards Las Vegas and our pre-planned flights back home for the Christmas holidays. More on that in the days ahead.
Yuma offered up some most interesting connections with new found motorcycle friends, family get togethers, great countryside motorcycle rides, meeting RV bloggers and absolutely enjoying the fantastic summer like weather this area is well known for. It has been fun!
Thanks for dropping in.