Although we have niether time or money to travel Foote always makes it happen, and I am very grateful for that. So I am writing this post from San Felipe Mexico. He told me a couple weeks ago that he was planning a surprise vaction and I needed to get someone to watch the girls and throw the paperout for a week, and not to worry. So it all came togeather and I would not know where we were going until I figured it out during the journey. He did tell me that it would be about a 16 - 19 hour drive, so I was thinking Texas or maybe California, but instead we are lounging on the beach in Mexico.
We decided to drive here... Well, we decided that we could afford to drive here. It was a long drive, but without the girls it really wasn't bad (I slept most of the way) we left at 1:00 Friday and reached the Mexico border at 4:30 the next morning. Crossing the border was an experince in itself. We were the only car trying to get into Mexico and there was about a ten mile line of cars trying to get into the US. Hopefully the line isn't so long when we try to get home. It was fascinating, the border was its own little subculture. it was 5:00 in the morning and there were thousands of people on the streets, and there were hundreds of buses towing porta-potties behind them. My best guess was that these buses were US agriculture companies that bus over hundreds and hundreds of Mexicans everyday to work in US fields. I was also surprised by how different everything was from one side of the border to another. We crossed the border in San Luis and I thought that since the town was so close to the US border you would probably still see a lot of American influences like McDonalds, Burger King, and other companies that just seem to be everywhere, but that was not the case. As soon as we crossed the border it was as if we drove into a dangerous inner city ghetto. I have to admit I was a little nervous until I realized we were not in any ghetto this is just how people live in Mexico. I knew that there was a lot of poverty in this country, but I guess I didn't realize the extent. This is the part of traveling I enjoy being able to see how people in a country really live and work. Last year we went to Cancun and although it was a lot of fun we were very sheltered by our resort this has been so much more facinating. I hate really long posts so I will have to give more updates in future posts.