It turns out that the place, Las Cañadas, is a huge facility created for Mexican family touristy fun. Since it’s off-season, the place was empty. It’s set up with zip-lines, pool, all terrain vehicles, horses, out-door theatre and plenty of picnic spaces. Once again, we had the place to ourselves to explore and roam.
It was an uneventful day of exploring Ensenada, changing money and searching for
My plan was to spend two nights (basically one full day) in Ensenada to organize a few things and acclimate myself to the new environs. It’s amazing how quickly you are thrown into a new culture. Crossing the border isn’t just a rhetorical comment about moving from one country to another, it’s a complete adjustment into what seems a different world. There have been very few English speakers, much to my surprise, even in this touristed town of Ensenada. Perhaps it’s because the tourist season is over and the bilingual Mexicans have moved to other tourist towns. In any case, even getting gas today had it’s difficulties. As much as I think I’m world traveled and socially adjusted, I was surprised when the Money Exchange person didn’t speak my language. Hello! Why are they exchanging US dollars into Peso if not for the American Tourists?! Geesh. Why didn’t it occur to me that they’d be here to change Pesos into US dollars for the Mexicans?
Back at camp, we took a long walk up one of the dirt roads. I thought it would lead us to one of the lookouts over the ocean but instead it lead us to a dump. I was very happy to see that everything was sorted into piles for recycling.
I spent the day exchanging money, getting diesel and groceries. Oso is extremely happy now. I filled up with ‘dirty diesel’ which has much higher lubricating properties. Of course the flip side it that it’s very…. Well… dirty. The air here proves it and at 3pm when everyone is leaving work and on the road the fog is thick.
It was a good long first day. Tomorrow we head south out-of-town.