We went camping this past weekend with 2 local families that have acquaintance-like relationships with my boyfriend and his parents. (Although in Mexico, is anyone just an acquaintance?) We go camping pretty regularly and have our packing and planning down to a science. We like to go bare minimum in gear, medium on the alcoholic beverages and heavy on the snacks (good excuse to cheat on our diets)! When we met up with the 2 families on our way out of town, I was shocked to find they had vans FULL of stuff and FULL of people. I guess we had no idea how many people would be coming on this trip, but as we made our way out to the East Cape, we were a party of 22!
The vans opened up once we got to the sand and out poured the families like clowns from a circus car. All I could do was laugh. and E said, "Welcome to the real La Paz!" That night the families set up a gazebo (though the sun was already down), 3 buffet tables, kitchen-ware, a gasoline-powered overhead lamp (like a workbench-style) which ran on a motor (forget listening to the waves), kitchen chairs and even a television!! They were stocked! and very gracious with their food, as they had told us before we left they were paying for all the food, no discussion.
I feel like I'm pretty adaptable; certainly moreso after having lived in Mexico for 4 years. I pride myself on not being the "snotty american". But even this took some patience. It wasn't at all what I was used to "camping on the beach". Instead of quiet drinks by the fire, there was ranchero music, the lamp's motor buzzing away, children shrieking playing soccer (with a full size goal by the way) and loud shouting/discussion. In the morning, even though no one had been asleep before 2am, everyone was up with the sun! I admit I felt a little out of place, uncomfortable even. I tried to relax and see that everyone was having fun, relaxing together. And in that I saw the goodness of the 2 families being so close that they could do these things together. No one was bickering or fighting, everyone was genuinely having a good time together. After I realized that I felt the virtue of the Mexican family and how special it can be. And how special I feel to be welcomed into it.
|Sunset in Las Cruces|
|Looking towards the beach, from my twilight desert walk|