Thursday, March 21, 2013
jill and i had spring break off so we headed down from new orleans to mexico for the week. i always love crossing into texas and reading billboards. they always remind you how big texas thinks it is and how proud you should be to be here. 'providing texas sized eyecare for texas sized eyeballs', 'delaware sized prices for texas sized insurance policies.'
we stayed in galveston texas on the way down and had sworn off texas bbq but i was promised that i would be swayed if i stopped at praseks smokehouse.
we crossed at mcallen, texas, into reynosa, mexico, late on saturday and looked for a hotel and dinner. we came across a lot of hotels with a line of garage doors and no recognizable office. i had heard about these new 'discrete' hotels where you drive into the open garage door, they take your money, the door closes, and you and your partner can continue undisturbed (or recognized).
as we settled in 'maybe this isnt as seedy as we thought' jill looked by the phone and found the room service menu contained the normal food card and an extra 'menu' for different tastes of all shapes and sizes. just as i turned the tv on and found that this hotel had paid for the all the channels not included to normal subscribers and lots of them.
ok so maybe this was a little questionable start to the trip, besides a call at 4am to get out or pay more which i explained we had paid for 12hrs in broken spanish the night was normal.
monterrey is a beautiful city saddled up to the sierra madre oriental mountain range. we took a wrong turn and ended up in Parque Ecológico Chipinque, the last forested area near the city. its well maintained and popular for locals.
jill wanted to spend time at the beach so we headed to tampico. she had school work so i went fishing.
back to new orleans we were welcomed by the mardi gras indians