17 July 2014


Hector and I have always been what his mother describes as "patas de perros", or literally, "dog feet". It's a saying that means that we are always on the move, always going somewhere, never sitting at home. That slowed down during our three years of separation. We've decided that we needed to start that back up.

This past weekend,we took off towards the next little town, Tecate, just to spend the day and get to know the town. I have never been, and Hector has only passed through. So we loaded up the family into our trusty Subaru and headed east.
Don't worry anti-immigration people; the fence goes out into the desert, too.
Yes, this is where Tecate beer is made.
Tecate is about 45km east of the most-east outskirts of Tijuana. It is kinda in a valley, but higher up in the hills. The entire area reminded me of Yakima in terrain and HEAT. It was a HOT day in Tecate!

We mostly just hung around the city park, enjoying the day. The playground at Parque Los Encinos was the most advanced and "Americanized" style playground I've seen in Mexico to date. It was full of excersize equiptment for adults, too.

It was way too hot for my kids to be out in the hot sun like that for very long. Isaias's cheeks were turning crispy, so we decided to get ice cream. Things like tostilocos and mango ice cream cost a lot less than they do in Tijuana! That was exciting for us since we have been on a tight budget. 

After the park, we went on the look out for things to do in town. Tecate is an old-fashioned kind of pueblo, and not a lot was open on Sunday afternoon; we followed the signs to the museum. The city of Tecate has about 3 museums all on one property, but only one was open. 

Outside of the Art Museum. The art museum was closed.

Tecate Community Museum. For $30 MN (or about $2.30 US a person) we explored this place.

A replica of a Kumiai Indian house. 
Of course, trains. Isaias loves trains. This was his favorite exhibit.

Tecate couldn't have a museum without beer in it.
Besides the heat, it was a really fun day to do normal family stuff with my family. This is the way that life used to be for us; we used to take road trips all of the time. Unfortunately, we've traded in the pine trees of the Pacific Northwest for cacti and palm trees. This is the day where life has started to feel like it's going back to normal. 

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