17.04.2008 - 22.04.2008 32 °C
Continuing with Pete and Mary's mega hospitality we went to Mexico for the best part of a week to somewhere known to the Americans as Rocky Point - it's actuall Puerto Penasco which translates to Rocky Port. It's about a four hour drive South from Phoenix.
The contrast when you hit Mexico is startling - same landscape, less money. The border crossing was entertaining - as we were walking to the duty-free shop we witnessed several US police chasing a Mexican lad who had jumped over the border fence. One of the coppers reached to draw his gun and I thought we'd be ringside for a shooting - they were the length of a small car park away - but the chap ran round and back into Mexico.
(there is a contrast for you, and yes, the one on the right is a runner, not scrap)
The beach house we stayed at was lovely and literally on the beach. We joined my cousin Bud there, with his wife Jenna and their little ones, Camden and Hazel (I kept calling him Cameron for the duration of our stay).
It's a very chilled place, apart from the constant stream of hawkers selling cigars, jewelry and hats - they are non-stop, and after a week they still tried to sell us cigars - at one point Bud said to one of them "do you really think any of us would start smoking since we came here?" :--)
My other Cousin, Max, came down too, with his wife Heather and their toddler. Max likes to windsurf and being American, his "surf van" is no ordinary surf van. None of this bashed up VW beetle nonsense! This thing has solar panels on the roof, electric awnings, 4x4, air powered diff locks, super stereo, kitchen, you name it. Quite a monster - I want one!
Bud and Max introduced me to kite flying - something I'd not seen on my horizon of things to get into - but I was hooked! - it's very relaxing and quite challenging at first. Mind you, I definately pissed off the family staying next to us. I was learning the ropes (haha!) and crashed a 6 foot kite at full speed about four feet from them while they were having lunch on the beach. The all stood up, glared at me, and went inside. Oops!
Bugs - did I mention bugs? yep - but not that kind of bug. The night we arrived in Mexico Kirstin was up all night puking. She was pretty rough the next day so Pete and I went to the chemist - it's weird going to the pharmacy with a doctor - he just told them what we needed. Kirstin was cured that day, then Heather went down with it, then Max, then Jenna. Seemed a virus was doing the rounds. Fortunately it was a 24 hour one.
I got ill too. Not the bug though. I got the "stupid ass" illness. Flying kites and fishing in the Mexican sun all day - yep - sun stroke. Doh! My face went purple.
I gave Pete and Bud lessons on how to play poker properly, then promptly won 60 bucks of them and Max :-)
I mentioned fishing - we tried a fair bit on the beach with little luck so we set off in Jason's truck (another monster!) - Jason is Bud's friend, he was down with his girlfriend Kate (who is, like, SO totally American!). We headed for a private beach we were most definately not supposed to be on. This involved driving down sandy tracks in the dunes and generally looking for unguarded points of entry. We made it on the beach and immediately sunk - right by the sea! - after much digging and tyre deflating we got out. I supervised of course - someone had to hold the beers.
The whole week was one hell of a laugh. Pete and Mary were on form as always, Bud is a star, and the little kids were adorable. I even read them their favourite interactive book at one stage - I soon discovered that kids don't want to read half a book (when you've had enough), they don't want to read it any other way than their way, and they already have read it a million times but still find it fascinating. Tiring but fun.
Food and beer was plentiful too - Bud is a top chef and that guy can BBQ steak like no other. I ate one and a half steaks in one sitting - and that's a lot for me!.
We are back in Phoenix now and are supposed to be going back stage to a big music festival this week courtesy of Jason who's pal is the organiser - should be a riot.