Monday, March 14, 2011

Space Travel


Bob grew up reading lots of science fiction and dreamed of traveling between worlds, through space. Yesterday he seemingly got his chance.


We woke up 4o miles south of the Mexico/U.S. border crossing at Tecate into California. We drove there the day before from Catavina, still on the Baja peninsula, passing through dusty villages full of small tiendas and taco stands,  seeing people living simple, relaxed lives.


Two hours latter we passed through the border after a rather superficial inspection of our rig which consisted of ignoring the truck and its’ contents, inlcuding the large storage box in the truck bed, and opening only the refrigerator and freezer to see if we were smuggling in any Mexican lunch meat or avocadoes. Sure makes us feel safe!


An hour later we knew we were in a different world after driving 70 mph on a freeway, running into the first rude native we had seen in months, and having shopped at Costco in El Centro, CA. 


After a one night stay at the Parker, AZ County Park, we moved across the Colorado River to the Crossroads Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground where we found a site right on the river for a total cost of $2.50 a night (with Bob’s Golden Access card we get half price). (Thanks for the recommendation Hobie!) We’ll stay here for several nights before moving on to some currently unknown next destination.


It does seem like space travel, and the world we’re in now seems both comfortingly familiar, as well as somewhat uncomfortably foreign.  I suspect we’ll make the transition to normalcy in a few days.


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