Monday, January 26, 2009

Crossing the Border Was Easy

It was so easy we did it 3 times! Two times we went across to the south and once to the north. OK, we’ll admit it, we screwed up! We didn’t know what we were doing, so we went through the border about 12:30pm without a problem other than being pulled aside to open our camper and show that we were not smuggling people. Unfortunately we missed the place where we were supposed to get our tourist cards validated. So we attempted to circle around to the correct office and ended up on a northbound freeway on-ramp headed back into the U.S. with no way to get out. Unlike the southbound direction where there was no wait, the northbound wait into the U.S. was about an hour (with hundreds of folks hawking various wares at the car window) so we crossed back into the U.S. at 1:30 PM. About 1:45 we found ourselves crossing into Mexico for the second time. This time we found the right line and got to the office where our tourist cards could be validated. (If you ever need to do this, follow the signs that say “Something to Declare” and pull over to the line of offices on the right – the Immigration Office is the correct place). Once we got to the right office, we found the price of the tourist cards went up January 1, since Bob ordered them by mail in December, so we had to go to the bank to pay the additional fee, luckily only 50 pesos, then come back and get our cards validated. So by about 2:30, we were on our way to Ensenada. (Lynn, we grew a lot of dendrites today with all these new experiences!)

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