Across the border to Mexico

Trip Start Sep 22, 2006
Trip End Oct 31, 2006

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

At noon today, Ron Eberhardt, the college friend we had come to visit, came and picked us up and we took off for the border and crossed over into Mexico. Ron lives in Mexico in a place called Playas but works in USA just across the border.

Ron does a lot of work to help the poor in Mexico and he first took us to a business he has set up with one of the Mexican men he knows to help provide work and income for this man to feed his family. This was a charcoal business. They contract with ranchers who make the charcoal and have a booth at the markets where he sells the product. This is high quality charcoal that is different to ours in that this is whole wood pieces.

We then went to this home, which is a single unit on a hill overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean. It is a great spot and he has lived there for 15 years. He helps another family and often has 5 children to look after. Two sleep on his lounge and 3 of the floor. He is a single man. We certainly take our hats off to what he does. All the things he does comes out of his own money.

He then took us out to a Mexican lunch that we enjoyed as long as we were careful not to eat any of the hot chillies and peppers. After lunch he took us into the main shopping area of Tijuana. By this time it was getting late and tea time.

We decided we were going to buy some tea items and introduce him to Haystacks. He brought another man who works with him that he is also helping to meet us all. He really enjoyed the haystack experience.

Then it was time to go back across the border and back into USA and to our hotel. Ron has to cross the border every day to go to work. This can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours at times-mostly around 1.5 hrs. This is the busiest and has more traffic crossing over than any other border crossing in the world. We got through in about 20 minutes.

Ron really enjoyed meeting us and didn't want the day to stop. This was the first contact in 42 years and the four of us were in the same year with Ron at Avondale in 1964. It was certainly a great day.
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