|Thanks to Bob Schmitt for a few of these pics!|
I can't believe it's been a week already! It's really flown by - mostly due to the pretty tightly packed schedule of the group and the amount of time it's taken to get all of our internet and phone issues worked out; which we've ALMOST done!
|Durango firefighter is 2nd from left, to the right|
of him is the Director of Tourism (or something like that!),
and Bob is on the right.
We hopped on the buses again and went to see La Bufadora, one of the three blowholes in the world. We stayed for lunch and on the way back we stopped at an orphanage and delivered some donations. We were gone for a very long time and then there was yet another happy hour (one can never be too happy!), a pot luck dinner, silent & live auction and a raffle. Are you getting the picture here?? I'm exhausted just writing about it. But, of course, there are trade-offs to everything. For about $500 we got 11 days of camping, two meals, a drink each, copious instructions, and much hand-holding. Caravans of this sort can cost as much as $4000-$5000. The Escapees do it beautifully, and make you feel good about your visit in the process. Anyway, back to the raffle - we won!! Pot was $440 - half went to charity and half to us. When I was handed the cash, I was told that most people give it right back, and I said that I would speak to my husband. The raffle was going on during the live auction. Immediately after we won the raffle a bottle of tequila liqueur went up for auction and Bill jumped up and bid $220 - everyone laughed and he got a big round of applause. He has such style, that man! Afterwards quite a few people came up and complimented him, saying that they had never seen the "give-back" done quite like that.
|On the Tour Bus|
I made a trip into town on my own, as well, and went to a huge supermarket. I went to check out the bread, which Mexico is famous for, and it all looked great. Big, beautiful rolls tossed into bins that I thought you picked up and just put into your basket. As I went to leave the area a girl came running up to me and gave me a huge metal platter that I was supposed to put all the bread I wanted to buy on, then you bring it to the counter and with these huge tongs they put your bread into different sized bags, staple it up and slap a receipt with the price on it....ok got that one! Next I went looking for Tofu. I had seen it in Walmart, but I really didn't want to spend any money there, and this place was so huge I thought for sure they'd have it, but didn't see it anywhere. I finally got brave and asked a woman who was working in the dairy section "donde esta la tofu?" Pretty good, eh?! Well, it was good enough and I got my tofu! For those of you that are wondering...we used the water at the rv park in Ensenada, except for drinking, but it did go to our ice maker. Bill is also washing all of the fruits and vegies in a bleach solution and so far we've not had any problems. He also has a special water filter at the hose bib to take care of the bugs and another one coming into our house to take care of the taste. The only thing we haven't been able to find that is pretty important to us are dark, leafy greens...no spinach or kale to be found - yet, anyway.
|Dancing with the mariachi band leader at the welcome dinner.|
|The pool and spa for the "RV" part of the resort.|
|Farewell Ensenada Dinner - they made us a special vegan meal!|