Tuesday, December 14, 2010

To Mexico or Not To Mexico?

We did not come to south Texas under any false impressions that we'd find a safe town in Mexico and visit there. As a matter of fact we had NO plan or desire to visit Mexico. After all, we do have a brain...

Most of our "Winter Texan" neighbors in the campground agreed though, that the Mexican city of Neuvo Progresso, just a few minutes away, was a safe bet for a day visit.  A passport would be needed to re-enter the U.S., but we have them and gave serious consideration to going into the town for lunch one day.  Details included advice to (1) park the car on the U.S. side of the border and walk over, (2) stay only on the main street in Neuvo Progresso, (3) carry limited cash and wear little jewelry.  Thanks but no thanks.  All we would want to do in Mexico is eat Mexican and we can do that right here on this side of the border, thank you very much.  

So instead of going across the border, we just drove around the area and took a few pictures....

The border crossing at Brownsville, Texas

A section of border fence in Brownsville

Looking into Mexico

Along the bank of the Rio Grande at Brownsville
near the border crossing.

From where Wayne was standing in the photo above --
Looking east to the Rio Grande

The second photo Wayne took.  Looking west of the Rio Grande.
It made me a little uneasy to be near the border crossing.  It also made me a little uneasy the first time we saw the border patrol station along a highway. It was on the opposite side of the road so we didn't have to stop, but it is not unusual to see vehicles being searched, search dogs in action and serious show of force. I've lived a sheltered life, I suppose.

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