I took US-95 south from Quartzsite, AZ. On this road I decided to turn off at one of the signs pointing toward the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. I love the stark contrast of the mountains to the desert below.
|On US-95 between Quartzsite and Yuma, AZ|
|Rock Mountains (Barry M Goldwater Range) tower over the desert.|
After overnighting among the RV'ers at the Quechen Casino Resort, I woke early the next morning, drove the 7 miles to the border, parked my car and walked into Los Algodones by 8am. I was advised to arrive and leave early to avoid the long lines at Customs when returning to the US. Algodones is a little town known for providing medical services for Americans, mostly snowbirds and the elderly. Dental, optical and prescription services are available for a fraction of the US cost. There's an extremely high concentration of these professionals in a 4-block radius. Everyone speaks English and the US dollar is the currency of choice. I went there out of curiosity. It's known for being a safe and interesting town. I wasn't disappointed. I may just go back should I ever need these services.
|The outside facades were "nothing to write home about," but|
the inside of the medical buildings were as pristine as any
doctor's office you would find in the States.
|At one vendor's stand, an artist paints a metal box for a customer. Here they decorate|
common objects with desert and cowboy scenes.
Next I headed toward Truth or Consequences in New Mexico ... so named after the 1950's game show. After overnighting at Lordsburg, just inside the NM border on I-10, I took the scenic route to TorC ... US-70 to NM-90 to US-180 to NM-152 to I-25. It was not only a shorter route, but the NM-152 portion of it was spectacular ... beautiful scenery, fun twists and turns, over Emory Pass and through the Gila National Forest.
|View from the lookout point at Emory Pass|
|Brian with his dog buddy Dina at Elephant Butte State Park near Truth or Consequences|
It seems appropriate that my visit with Brian is in the same blog post as my visit to Mexico, as Brian is a huge proponent of going south of the border. He gave me lots of tips about my future travels, including Alaska (where he lived and worked for many years), Mexico, and Big Bend National Park. I hope to use many of his Big Bend tips soon.
In addition to being a very gracious host, Brian is a mechanic. I'm so grateful that he volunteered to help me with a couple of unexpected car problems. He and wife Kit will soon be vacationing in South America. I'm looking forward to hearing how they like it this time down. And, rumor has it, that Brian will be up in our neck of the woods this Summer too!