Summer is finally coming to an end. Today was the last day of the Chapter 21 Escapees Rally. But what an ending we had. We've had so much fun while we've been here.
The morning temperatures were 38 degrees when we woke up, but we wore shorts to the "hugs 'n mugs" because we knew it wouldn't take long to heat up. The annual chapter meeting took place at 10 am. When we left the clubhouse there wasn't a cloud in the sky and had warmed up nicely.
Ron Hopf was the official fly assassin.
The last door prize drawing was also held.
We were surprised how quickly the morning flew by and before we knew it it was time to leave for Mexico. I was surprised how many of the attendees haven't been to the Pink Store before today. Don said we had 28 people for dinner at the Pink Store.
There was a lot of confusion at the Pink Store because the former president made the arrangements for the dinner but Don Damkaer resigned as president for medical reasons and Don Del Rosario is now the acting president. When we arrived they had all the tables set up for our group. There was a buffet set up with lids on the food. The Pink Store owner, Yvonne, wasn't there and the employees only knew that a "Don" had ordered the menu.
This should have been a clue!
Everyone had a free drink card and they weren't shy on adding the tequila to the margaritas.
They had someone playing a American music on a keyboard- jingle bells. Should have been a clue....
I thought it was a little strange that they didn't have chips and salsa on the table. Should have been a clue....
They came by and had a little pitcher that they said was gravy. Still no clue.....
There was a little dish that they gave everyone with some candy corn. Still no clue.......
Bill went out in the courtyard to take this photo of Pancho Villa and "Black Jack" Pershing. This is a statue of them meeting that never happened.
Then the buffet was ready. As they uncovered the food there was mashed potatoes, zucchini, turkey, ham and cranberries. I really thought we crossed the border into Palomas, Mexico. Everyone was expecting to go to Mexico for a real authentic Mexican food. In the past when we've been here with the chapter, everyone ordered off the menu. We were told that the buffet would be $15.00 which included 3 drinks, food and dessert.
Everyone went through the buffet and when the staff realized we were surprised by the "Thanksgiving Dinner" that they had spent so much time in planning for us they came up with an alternative for us. They came out with platters of tacos, enchiladas and Chile relinnos for everyone. They had cheesecake or pumpkin pie for dessert. I'm not sure how the desserts went with the 3 margaritas but they also brought out kahula and cream drinks for everyone.
By now they have called in a small Mexican band to play for us instead of the keyboard player. It's the first time we've ever had a Mexican meal and a Thanksgiving Dinner at the same time. The service was excellent and I felt sorry for the staff who was trying so hard to please us. By the time the meal was over, everyone was laughing and having a great time. I told Sharon that no one would ever forget this meal. No one could complain because the staff did everything they could to please us. It wasn't their fault about the mix up with the menu.
Bill, Karen, John and I were the last ones of the group to leave the store. As I turned around to say something to John I noticed four cop cars, lights flashing, guns drawn right next to the store. I turned around and walked very very fast to the border.
That's the border, from the seat of the truck where we were parked on the American side. It's a good feeling when you cross back and you know you are on American soil.
There is so much history in the town of Columbus, New Mexico, where they were invaded by Pancho Villa. It was the first time aircraft was used in a war. We've explored the great museums in this town on previous visits.
It will always be a good time that we will remember. What a great way to end our last day until we return to our sticks and bricks for a week. We shall return next year, this has been a great time.