Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friends, Food, Fun at Rocky Point

We spent a week at Puerto Penasco or Rocky Point. Actually this city was originally named Rocky Point by a retired British Naval Officer exploring and area. Later the President of Mexico gave it a Spanish name, Puerto Puna Penasco and the Puna was later dropped. It is a fishing village that is visited by many Americans, especially from Arizona and California. We were here with the Mexican Connection in 2012 and at that time the economy had not recovered from the downturn of 2008. There were many unfinished buildings. This time buildings have been completed and more going up.
Also lots of road work all over town.
Our first day they we gathered for the first of our happy hours on the beach. Frank and Margaret, who also are part of the Mexican Connection and have a place in Rocky Point stopped by for happy hour. They had just come back from a trip farther down south and had stopped at their Rocky Point house before going back to their Arizona home. They left after awhile with plans for breakfast or what turned out to be lunch the next day. The rest of us had dinner at the Wreck, which is one of two restaurants right next to the RV Park. The food was so so but we had fun just chatting away.
The next day Frank and Margaret took us on a four wheel drive through town. Actually one of the streets was being repaired but hadn't been closed off and so we took the bumpy road. Noticed when we went by that area another day, it WAS closed up. Crazy Americans, they must have thought, driving through construction areas. The restaurant is a very nice one at that top of a hill with great views of the city.
Marg, Orene and Larry

Fraink, Waiter,Larry and Alan

The next day, Another Alan, along with his wife Allie and fur kid, Reggie joined us at the campground. They are another of our Mexican Connection friends. Savannah was especially happy to see her boyfriend Reggie who she immediately ran over to once she saw him. Its Love. Actually everyone in our group have dogs. Larry and Orene brought Ella, who is Orene's sister's dog but who they take care of when her sister is out of the country for one of her job assignments. Alan and Marg have Susie, the Saint Bernard. All the dogs got along splendidly.
We ate out a lot while here though the pricing was more comparable to American pricing. Kino Bay was much cheaper. However, food was good and company great. We ate a few times at Lucky',s, which is on the Malecon, a shopping and restaurant area near the bay. At Lucky's you buy an alcoholic drink and the breakfast is free. It was a big breakfast with two eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes and tortillas. Another day we walked around the street,people refer to as Rodeo Drive with some buying, though Joe and I just window shopped. There wasn't a lot of bargaining and prices seem a little high but also not a lot of pressure to buy like some places in Mexico.

We all liked the Park where we are staying and so Orene and Larry got everything set up with reservations for next year's Mexican Connection Rally in February. It should be a good trip.
We had a lot of wind most of the week but still managed to enjoy sitting outside for happy hours and walking on the beach. One morning we had breakfast on the beach. Alan of Alan and Ellie, who is a southern boy originally from Alabama made shrimp and grits using shrimp he had bought in town  and also added some tasty sausage. . Larry had bought a lot of other stuff and we helped out by cooking the eggs, some with chorizo and some without but with a little cheese. Everything was delicious. Joe and I went back to the Malecon where Larry had bought some fish and bought some ourselves. A lot of fish in fact. We have a new freezer to fill, remember. We got a kilo((2 1/2 LBS)  of the jumbo shrimp(I see bacon wrapped shrimp in the future), a kilo of smaller shrimp and a kilo of flounder.
I guess we will be on a fish diet for awhile. Lots of things going on at the park. There is a pier that they are working on right in front of the park. They plan to have cruise ships come into the city in the future and are working on the pier where they will dock. Not sure how that will affect the park but it won't be done by next year, for sure. There were some horses that some people rode one day though it seemed to be a short ride. Maybe they weren't comfortable riding. And the last few days there was preparations for a wedding that took place on Saturday night. The staff there were installing a floor outside for dining and dancing.It was quite a project.  It had been pretty windy but worked out okay in the end. We ate dinner at the other restaurant by the park on Friday.. Very good food at the  Mare Blu, an Italian restaurant. We will be having one of our group dinners here next year.Larry and Orene left on Saturday. The rest of us had appetizers at the Wreck's outside patio. Later we sat out on the beach watching some of the wedding and later got to see fire works they put on for the wedding group.

Reggie and Savannah want to buy something from these vendors

We really had a great time with a really fun group of people. Alan and Marg are staying on. Sunday we followed Alan and Ellie and Reggie on a different way than when we came in. We still had to go over railroad tracks but they weren't that bad. It was an easy trip to the border where we had a very easy time as the US border though it was a long wait with lots of people going back over the border on Sunday. We are staying at Organ Pipe, which is just a few miles from the border and Alan and Ellie headed on back to their Arizona home.
Oh, can't forget. While there we did manage to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Ducks swept
 the Jets in the first round. Go DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Calgary will be their next opponents.

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