First Winter Away - 2005 travel blog

great beach

riding in the campground

casino


Ensenada is a city of 600,000 about fifity miles south of the US border. We know it as a stop for cruise ships on their way to Hawaii. This odd route is caused by an old law that does not allow a cruise ship not made in the US (and none have been for over fifty years) to travel between two US ports. Thus, cruises from Los Angleles or San Diego stop here first on their way to Honolulu. When we drove through town yesterday, a ship was in port and the place was buzzing, but today the town was quiet and we had the souvenir shops to ourselves.

Our tour stopped at a massive building that was constructed to be a casino and escape from Prohibition during the '30's. It was managed by Jack Dempsey and was visited by glittterati from Hollywood and the likes of Al Capone. A Mexican law change in 1935 brought an end to gambling in Mexico and an end to this ornate building as well.

While I enjoyed the city tour and the fish tacos we had for lunch, a high spot for me was a bike ride on the beach right outside our campground. The sand was firm and there was plenty of room for us and the sea birds. It felt like we could have ridden our bikes all the way to the US border.

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