The good news is that more and more people are discovering what a wonderful place Peñasco is. The not so good news is that every now and then it seems all those people want to cross the border at the same time. Here’s a conversation I had with Ann of Avondale.

ANN: I have such a great time here, but the border is a bummer. How can I avoid the long wait when I head home?

CAP’N GREG: Have your passport ready. Without it, you will delay not only your own crossing but the people in line behind you.

ANN: Good advice. But what if I don’t want to wait?

CAP’N GREG: Your best bet is to leave on Thursday before noon.

ANN: But I’d miss all the weekend excitement.

CAP’N GREG: Okay. Buy a condo. Build a home. Live here and forget about the border crossing.

ANN: I’m not ready to make that move yet. There has to be a better way.

CAPN GREG: There is. Leave your hotel so you arrive at the border when it opens. That would be six.

ANN: So, I’d have to be up and dressed and out the door at five? In the morning? You can’t be serious. What if I’m out partying until four?

CAP’N GREG: Four in the morning? You can’t be serious.

ANN: For those of us who aren’t in bed before happy hour, the fun begins at midnight.


ANN: I meant no disrespect of your advanced age, Cap’n Greg.

CAP’N GREG: How about my advanced baldness?

ANN: I was going to mention that next.

CAP’N GREG: You don’t hold back, do you?

ANN: Did you at my age?

CAP’N GREG: Point made and taken, Ann. Okay, here’s the deal. You should accept that crossing the border is just one part of the Rocky Point experience. Many of us have done it more than 100 times, and with a little bit of planning and patience, the drive home is when we bask in the afterglow of this little slice of Paradise.

ANN: Makes sense to me, Cap’n. Maybe next time I’ll just party until three.

CAP’N GREG: Atta girl.