January 31, 2014
The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California right across the Colorado River from Yuma, Arizona. We’re here with others…hanging out and enjoying the nice weather.
Mary rejoined me two days ago. We’ll leave this area in 2-3 days.
Yesterday we drove the Bronco seven miles to the border and walked into Los Algodones, Mexico. What makes this a unique place?…you ask. it’s because within a four block radius there are more pharmacies, doctors, dentists and opticians than a similar four block area anywhere else in the world!
To read about today’s location, click this link… http://gosw.about.com/od/southwestmiscellaneous/a/Algodones.htm
The primary reason for our visit was that I could get two pair of prescription eyeglasses…one for reading and one for driving at about 1/3 of the price in the United States.
Here’s a view of the border crossing as seen from the walkway of our parking lot. The tall building is our destination…
A sign inside Mexico…
I have been here a number of times…Mary’s second. One of the many fun things about Algodones is the “pitchmen”. Immediately passing through the gate into Mexico, several…all about the same time start shouting…“Looking for dentist, optical, Pharmacy? Over here for the best price. Cheaper than K-Mart!”
We proceeded to the street level of a newly…currently being built…plaza at the recommendation of a couple of friends of mine…
To Algodones Optical. Not some small dusty little store you might expect to find in Mexico…
The doctor told me I have a large cataract in my right eye which I should attend to within the next year. We picked up my new glasses three hours later. I got the two pair with ultra-light ply carbon lens and a 30 minute eye exam for $199.00 U.S. Dollars. Would have been about triple that figure in the United States.
While the glasses were being made, Mary visited her dentist office…
We wandered through some of the many tourist shops and finally ended up at our favorite eating place in Algodones. You won’t see a sign like this in any United States restaurant!…
At 10:00 o’clock in the morning we both had a Tecate Beer with our meals. Mary had the shrimp and fish tacos while I had the 1/2 chicken. As usual…wonderfully delicious!…
After picking up my glasses we crossed back into the United States.
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Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!
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January 21, 2012
This is a sign you can understand in any language and not one we see much. Algodones, Mexico, about five miles West of Yuma is reputed to have the highest density of dentists, pharmacies, doctors and opticians in a four block area, than any similar four block area in the world.
Hawkers reach out and offer to guide you to a dentist, doctor, etc. every step of the way. Not that you need guidance, every other sign is for one or the other. For most of them you don’t need an appointment. We arrived at 9:00 a.m. to be first in the door to Denny Salinas’ office, except, he was no longer at the same address as our last visit in 2009. A young woman named Bettina walked us several blocks away to his fancy new digs. We learned you now need an appointment. But, as a former customer, he took a look at a problem I was having with an implant he did and fitted me in for ex-rays and a diagnosis.
We walked around town to look around. People, many recognizable “snowbirds”, were sitting in a busy square sunning themselves and listening to a very good musician play several types of flute. Hauntingly beautiful sounds I recognized from Peruvian culture.
The spray can artists were also working the square. They can do amazing things with spray paint and a piece of paper, rubbing the paint on then quickly drying it with a hair dryer. Jim cautioned this guy waving a cigarette near the painters but he laughed and defied the notion that a cigarette around all of those chemicals was in danger of exploding or starting a fire. Popular pieces are the television dishes snowbirds have on their RV’s. In fact, Algodones depends so much on Canadian and American tourists they have a closed-street block party in December welcoming snowbirds back to Algodones.
We like an open restaurant, hole-in-the wall type, that starts you off with three kinds of salsa a red, a green, both hot and home-made. Then avocado salsa, sour cream, limes, and chips. A plate with tomatoes, onion, cilantro and shredded cabbage. They cook their meats on a charcoal grill in front of their place. I tell you that because I haven’t a clue what the name of the place is if you go.
The food is always good and cheap, $5 for a whole chicken with rice and beans. Jim took a small portion. I ordered four tacos forgetting that they fill them really full of meat. Our two meals with Tecates cost us $13.00. The Tecate is good with a squeeze of lime in it. I never have this much fun when I go to my dentist in Murphys, doncha know!
Jim likes to go early so we get back across the border before the crowds line up. We didn’t make it. I didn’t mind at all talking to other folks in line. It was about a twenty-minute wait before we went through the friendly immigration inspection.