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Yuma & Algodones(MX)

 

We actually started our trip in Quartzite, but we only spent one night and left the next day. This is the beginning of our trip with our friends Dick & Lorraine.

The coaches are lined up and we are ready to go.

We stopped for a break and pictures. It was a very nice rest stop

Dick & Dae Dae

Yuma

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuma,_Arizona

 

Arizona Market place

http://azmarketplace.com/

Time for lunch

This puppy was being given away for free. So cute.

Algodones

http://losalgodonesmexico.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Algodones,_Baja_California

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Los Algodones, Baja California, is a small Mexican town located on the extreme northeastern tip of themunicipality of Mexicali, approximately 16 km (10 miles) west of Yuma, Arizona, USA. Its official name isVicente Guerrero, although most people use Algodones when referring to it. It reported a population of 4,021 as of the 2005 Mexican census (Segundo Conteo de Población y Vivienda 2005).

Los Algodones is the northernmost town in Mexico, and at its northeastern tip is the northernmost point in Mexico. Another interesting geographical distinction is that if someone were to travel in any of the four cardinal directions from anywhere in Algodones (due north, due east, due south, or due west), they would cross a U.S. border.

Situated near the borders of both southeastern California and southwestern Arizona, Los Algodones has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years due in part to inexpensive shopping and restaurants as well as inexpensive medical care and prescription medicines. The warm, dry climate of the area attracts a number of older tourists from across the United States and Canada who settle during the winter in the nearby towns of Yuma, Arizona and Winterhaven, California. Organized day trips from theCoachella Valley are popular among seniors as well.

From the US side, Los Algodones is most easily reached via Interstate 8 and south a short distance (3.33 Km / 2.07 mi) along State Route 186/Andrade Road to the international border at Andrade, California. From Andrade, visitors can elect to park their vehicles for a small fee and walk across the border or to drive across.

The popularity of both inexpensive prescriptions and medical care catering to Canadian and US senior citizens have prompted a virtual explosion of pharmacies and dental offices which have largely displaced a great deal of the open-air shops and restaurants immediately across the border and have effectively shifted the town's focus from tourism to medicine. Nevertheless, a number of shops and restaurants remain and Los Algodones capitalizes on the tourist trade with frequent fiestas throughout the year, most notably around the Christmas season.

The exact geographical location is 32°42′55″N 114°43′44″W at an elevation of 110 feet/33.5 m above mean sea level.

The Spanish-language name Los Algodones translates into English as "The Cottons (referring to the plants, not the fiber)."

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We parked on the US side and walked across the border and straight into an awesome restaurant. It is never too early to eat.

The prices were good. Each entree was approx $9

Chili Relleno ( John and Dick split this entree along with the ones in front of them)

Avocado stuffed with shrimp and covered in cocktail sauce and cucumber ( that was my entree)

We stopped a liquor store to find some Mezcal. John decided to sample some Tequila. Note the next few pictures. Yes he ate the worm!!!!

Step 1: The worm

Step 2: Down it goes

Step 3: Hmmm........

Step 4: I survived and it wasn`t that bad

Some shopping

Tons of sweets

Time to visit the dentist, eye doctor, plastic surgeon if you decide you need their services.

http://gosw.about.com/od/southwestmiscellaneous/a/Algodones.htm

Ok it was really hot and time to head for cooler temps. Next stop Sedona, AZ

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