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Monday, November 12, 2018

Notes on Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground in Jamul, California

Check-In Sign is near the Pio Pico
Country Store, on the south side
of the Resort.

Otay Lakes Road cuts this 400 plus campsite Park in two.  The south side has full hookups with 30 amp and 50 amp electric service.  Eric and I are at a 30 amp campsite.

The Activity Center has a
large patio.

Meals are served at the Coyote Cafe.  There is a Puzzle Area, Library and Reading Area.  

Mini Golf

Two of the four Pools
at Pio Pico

There are also two
Hot Tubs.

The Youth Center has games,
books & scheduled activities.

One of two Playgrounds

The Volley Ball Court is behind
the Basketball/Pickleball Court.

The Red Stile allows hikers to
cross the fence & walk the trail.

Shuffleboard Courts


The south side Laundry

There is a Dump Station on this side of the Resort.

There are instructions at the 
north side of the Park 
for registration.

The Clubhouse has a Lounge/
Church set up, Pool Tables &

One of the two sections
in this end of the Park

The north side of Pio Pico has water and electric hookups.  RVers can pack up and use the Dump Station, use a Blue Boy to transport grey and black water to the Dump Station or pay for a Honey Wagon to come to the campsite and pump out RV tanks.  

The Restrooms & Showers

The larger Basketball Court
has markings for two
Pickleball Courts.

Horses are welcome at Pio Pico.

There are four small corrals with

One of two sets of Dump Stations
on the north side of the

Eric and I are happy to be staying at the south side of the campground.  We have full hookups and this side of the Park has the most amenities, including the Country Store.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Driving West to Jamul, California

Eric & I travel west into

....  on Interstate 8 West.

We watch ATVs driving on
the Imperial Sand Dunes.

painted white along this
section of our drive.

I wonder if that has been done to provide a sharp contrast in an area with few colors.  

This Hydraulic Concrete Paver
covers two lanes.

Freshly seeded fields are

Sheep graze roadside.

Radiator Water Signs with
Tanks & Call Boxes are
common sights on this
stretch of highway.

The Radiator Water Tank has
instructions: Do Not Drain.

This is a harsh &

Wind Turbines on the ridgeline
at an elevation of about
4,000 feet above sea level

Drivers are warned of the
6% downhill grade over
the next 4 miles.

I almost missed the sign

We approach a BorderControl Station...

.... and continue west.

Exit 40 takes us to Japatul

It's a narrow two-lane road.

We watch for Horses.

This region has Horse Farms.

Street corners have numerous
Real Estate signs.

is on the left....

.... with the Pio Pico RV Resort
Campground Check-In.

Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Resorts allow incoming RVers to select from vacant campsites.

Eric & I chose Site A 32.

It has full hookups.

Besides water and sewer connections, we have 30 amp electricity.  The voltage is holding steady at 123.  Our DirecTV Dish connected to TV satellites.  The reflections on the windshield are one of the many mountains that surround Pio Pico RV Resort and the cabins across the road.  The building behind us is the Laundry.

Being surrounded by mountains, the cell phone connection at this Thousand Trails Park is very poor.  RVers need to go to one of two spots to make calls.  In case of emergency, RVers are to go to the Security Booth and report the situation to staff. 

Jamul is about 8 miles north and Chula Vista is 19 miles west of this Campground.  It's frustrating to be so close to populated areas and not have reliable cell service. 

Internet Service is non-existent at Pio Pico RV Resort and Campground.  Eric is paying $15.00 per week for internet access.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Walking Around Algodones, Mexico

Eric and I have been visiting Algondones, Mexico since 2015.

Algodones Fun Facts:  This is Mexico's northernmost town.  The United States surrounds Algodones.  California is North and West of the town.  Yuma, Arizona is East and South of Algodones. 

Financial Fun Facts:  Visitors from Mexico spend about $2 billion dollars in Yuma County Arizona each year.  Mexican purchases on food, clothing, entertainment, and other services.   The annual flow of money into Yuma County supports more than 2,000 local jobs.  Snowbirds from other parts of the US and Canada bring in about

I was unable to find financial information on American spending in Algodones.  During the first quarter of 2018 8 million Americans visited Mexico.  Of the 8 million, 4.3 million tourists visited border towns. 

Visitors see the Algodones
Water Tower from the 
Border Parking Lot.

Americans & Canadians travel
here for low-cost dental work,
prescription drugs, eyeglasses
& shopping.

Many buildings are painted
with bright colors.

This building features masks

This sign lists the
businesses off of...

.... this alley.

Eric in front of El Paraiso,
one of our favorite places
to eat, & drink.

MediPlaza is a recent addition
to Algodones.

See a dentist, get a new pair of glasses, fill a prescription, dine and shop here.  The second floor has hotel rooms for visitors who are visiting or have multiple appointments. 

Eric in front of Dental

He got his beautiful
smile here.

Drs. Marichi & Omeda's
dental practice has been
endorsed by Escapees

Reny Dental & the
sandwich board for
one of Algodones'

There's shopping everywhere....  Beneath business awnings, in alleyways....  Vendors walk the streets selling hats, jewelry, lawn ornaments...


.... Halloween

The local school's Halloween
Party is fun-filled, &
lacks gore.