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Published: March 23rd 2019
blog 03-22-19 We Made it Back
Thursday was a day to catch up on necessary household chores, laundry, grocery shopping and a little cleaning.
Friday morning Pat and I left to go on our adventure. We headed south to Columbus and drove through the Poncho Villa State Park to get a feel for the park to see if staying there was an option at some future date.
Columbus is the site of the first invasion of the continental United States by a foreign country. In 1916 Poncho Villa and a band of men crossed the border and attacked Camp Furlong. Several days later General Pershing led an army of men across the border to punish Poncho Villa but they were not successful. The reason for the raid was never known.
Our prime destination was just down the road, Mexico. We parked the car where someone told us was safe and we walked across the border into a different country and a whole new world. There were colorful buildings advertising all kinds of medical services. There were dentists, optometrist and medications available to anyone brave enough to take advantage of their services. There was a huge building that
was a clinic of some sort, a shop that makes boots in 2 hours, plenty of eating places and dogs running all over.
We finally made it to The Pink Store that was originally Poncho Villa's house that he left to his children and the store is run by 4 of his female descendants. They sell everything Mexican in that store and have a very large section that is a restaurant and bar with very festive table cloths and chairs with cactus design backs.
While we were shopping a woman came up and asked us if we'd like a drink and we both said yes to a margarita. The more we drank the better the merchandise looked, their plan of course. It was then we went into the restaurant and ordered guacamole to go with our new drink. We had salsa, chips, guacamoli for a time while listening to the mariachi band. The atmosphere was so festive, the margaritas were so good and lunch was terrific that we were riding high the whole afternoon.
There was a man sitting outside by himself that looked very interesting and seemed to be important. He reminded me of Sam Elliot.
After his meal he came inside and Pat asked him to join us, which he did. We had a lovely conversation and found out that he was just a regular guy who retired and lives in Columbus and does sculpting in the yard. So of course, we stopped on our way home and pictures of his masterpieces are in the blog. His favorite is the W E "sculpture", you can turn it upside down and it says M E . It made sense while drinking margaritas.
Going back across the border was a snap with our passports, which we checked about 3 times before we went in just to make sure they were still there.
It was a really fun day, we felt rather brave for going but it was actually quite safe.
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