Across to Tecate
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April 12th, 2006 – by: cneoridium
Th road to Ensenada clings to the cliffs far above crashing surf hundreds of feet below. You have an unrestricted view of the Pacific from the passenger's side. The numerous holes in the guard rail decorated with with shrines are crosses where people have gone over keep you're eyes on the road through. Offshore you see urchin divers and fish pens.
At the Guadeloupe Valley, sure enough, after crossing the requisite number of vineyards and ranches, paying an old lady a dollar to pass through a gate, and floating the trucks across a few creeks, we came to a cluster of assorted trucks of every vintage, big sedans (don't want to know how they made it in.
It was Sunday afternoon and parade of local ranchers and their families were heading up to the falls dragging big piles of picnic equipment, children in tow. The narrow trail alternates between chaparral and the creekbed which was flooded at the time, which was nice, walking in the cool water in the midday heat. The surrounding hills were painted with the colors of the wildflowers -purple Dicholostemma, yellow Lasthenia, pink Castilleja- I don't mean some scattered flowers; whole yellow or purple hillsides!
Little hibachis were smoking everywhere cooking carne asada, corn, carnitas, tortillas in the shade of the cliffs. The falls were a lot higher than we were expecting! A creek crosses the red rock mesa above then plunges down the cliff carved by larger creek below.
It's only an hour and a half drive back to San Diego from this far away place, or it would be without the 3-hour wait at the border, courtesy of Homeland Security. On the way back we of course stopped by Tecate for tacos and a visit to the Tecate brewery and the coveted tiny sample cup of beer straight from the tanks. The whole trip lasted less than 24 hours, but really didn't feel different than a week-long trip, except that you're still refreshed when you get back, no jet-lag, and it cost just a tank of gas.
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