Sunday -February 24, 2008

We were off to an early start today, we had to be at Desert Paradise for 7:30 as the bus was leaving at 8 a.m. There was a bit of a different sunrise, not real bright but just slivers peaking over the top of the mountains.

Sunrise On Way to Desert Paradise

We got away on time but when we got about half way up the mountain range we had to cross in California it started raining and that lasted all the way to Rosarito Beach. We stopped for a break at Alpine, CA in the same plaza we had stopped at on the way home from the zoo in late January. John had left his hat at the restaurant that night but we didn’t go to the same restaurant today but John walked up just before we were ready to leave and the fellow was just opening the restaurant and lo and behold there was his hat in the lost and found – John was one happy camper.

We were originally scheduled to cross into Mexico at Tecate but for some reason they decided to go to Tijuana to cross and what a huge city that is with traffic all over the place. The lineup at customs for cars returning to California was about 4 lanes wide and over a mile long – a long, long wait from the looks of it!!

We arrived at the hotel about 1 p.m. but our rooms weren’t ready yet so they unloaded the luggage then off we went to Puerto Nuevo for some shopping – the same shops, goods etc. as at Algadones. It had stopped raining by then but the street was a sea of mud, everyone was walking very carefully as no one wanted to go sliding down!

Looking North Up the Pacific Ocean from Peurto Nuevo

Looking Out to the Ocean from Main Street of Puerto Nuevo

We arrived back at the Rosarito Beach Hotel about 3:30 and what a beautiful hotel it is, it was built in the 1920’s and the spacious wood-beamed lobby is decorated with the original murals, tiles and paintings from the 1920’s – absolutely gorgeous and the stained glass over the entrance door was to die for. Hollywood stars such as Orson Welles, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth and other screen legends as well as several presidents of Mexico and foreign royalty have stayed at this hotel.

We have a lovely room with a gorgeous ocean view and also overlook the huge pool with swim up bar and a fishing pier. Unfortunately it is too cool to enjoy the pool and I am sure the ocean is quite cool and the surf is tremendous, but it is fascinating to watch the waves crashing in.

View of Ocean From Our Balcony

After unpacking we went to Don & Gail’s room for happy hour, there were 10 of us (so happens that we are all Canadians with 3 couples from either Calgary or Edmonton, one couple from Manitoba and then us from Ontario) and we had a great time and lots of laughs. We went to the main dining room in the hotel for dinner and the food was excellent and the margaritas cold.

After dinner we came back to our room and watched the end of the Academy Awards then it was lights out as we are beat; and so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to the mystery of tomorrow.

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