Then , the day before Valentine’s Day, I got a text from Gloria asking if we would like to go to Mexico with them, and I said sure!
Gloria and Michael, who have lived in the San Diego area for many years, know the route across the border well. We drove Angel to their house where their daughter, Jocelyn, had generously offered to take care of Angel and their two other dogs for the day.
We crossed the border at San Isidro, a massive affair with multiple lanes that crosses over to Tijuana. The most amazing border crossing we’ve ever made. Once in Mexico, there is a toll road that bypasses Tijuana. A few tolls later, we reached Puerto Nuevo, our lunch destination.
Lunch included fresh lobster and shrimp and delicious margaritas. Fabulous!
Afterwards, we took a walk around the shops selling a variety of Mexican crafts. It is a bustling little town with folks enticing you to see this or eat here.
Then on to more adventures!
As we neared our next destination, Ensenada, we were caught in a horrendous traffic jam. When we tried to turn into one of the streets of the town, a police officer informed us that the streets were closed due to a Carnival parade. Oops.
Confetti was abundantly tossed around (mostly by us). We are still finding some around Island Girl.
Afterwards, we drove to the waterfront just in time to catch the sunset.
It was quite festive, with a band playing and lots of people walking around the shops.
Then, it was time for dinner – more fresh seafood! Hector had a whole fried fish (corvina) that was exquisite. Hector is known as “the surgeon” for the way in which he “operates” on whole fish. Check out the fish before and after “surgery” below.
Finally, a quick stop at the pharmacy for some prescriptions (no, not that!).
The drive back was quite fast and easy but the San Isidro border is quite confusing on the Mexico side. There are multiple lanes, and the signage is not the best. Those in the wrong lane may be subject to a fine. Ugh! After a few wrong turns (even our experienced friends got confused), we made it to the right area, where we wound up waiting one and a half hours to cross the border.
But we still had a good time, checking out the crazy stuff vendors were selling and chatting with friends.
When we finally arrived at Gloria and Michael’s house, we found a heart that Jocelyn made out of rose petals on their entryway. So sweet!
Finally, after picking up Angel and our car, we made it home at one a.m. Mexican Valentine was a full, fun and romantic adventure.