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South of the Border Rendezvous
02 - 04 November 2012
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Mexico Fiesta is next weekend
Again this year, the annual South of the Border rendezvous will be long on relaxation and short on planned activities.
The distance from Phoenix to Rocky Point is around 200 miles, and takes about five hours to drive. The border crossing is at Lukeville, just south of Organ Pipe National Monument. The Mexican customs and immigration folks are quite accommodating to American tourists because the downturn in their tourism economy. Rocky Point is about 60 some miles south of the crossing point, and Mexico Rte 2 is a modern black-top highway with a speed limit of about 65 miles per hour.
Events will take place Friday night through Sunday morning. If you plan to be there, please let us know so we will have plenty of food. Notify us Fred Drawert at h.owl@mindspring.com or 480-473-5153.

Accommodations are plentiful and reasonable. The high rise condos are renting at much lower rates than in the past. Hotel rooms are also less costly. Remember: bring your passport.

Paul Schoonover, the host for the annual rendezvous, announced at the September general membership meeting, that the recent publicity regarding flooding in Sonoyta, the Mexican town at the US-Mexico boarder, did not include that the problem has been solved and Mexico Rte. 8 is open all the way.
The rendezvous has enjoyed several featured events in recent years, including a Friday night clam chowder/Tequila sunrise cocktail party and dinner, followed by beach bingo or some other entertainment. Saturday night activities have including a variety of dinner menus of later, including  the traditional fish fry, shrimp boil or other unique dinners.

There have been no instances of violence or other criminal activity related to the Mexican drug trade, according to the many Power Squadron members who maintain homes in the all-American resort area.

The area is about 225 miles from the Phoenix area, with good roads in both the US and Mexico. The Mexican government, relying on the economics of US citizens visiting the area, have made special arrangements to ensure that Americans have pleasant experiences “South of the Border.”

The weather ranges from fabulous to unbelievably good.

John Lusson, a frequent visitor to Mexico, recommends The Sonoran Sea and Sonoran Sun condominiums for rentals. He also suggests looking for the website Puerto Peñasco, easily reached from Google or Bing. More information is available from Paul Schoonover at paulngraces@yahoo.com

South of the Border Rendezvous
28-30 October 2012
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Mexico Fiesta 2011

About two dozen squadron members headed south the last weekend in October to enjoy the cool breezes from the Sea of Cortes, especially the waterfront in Cholla Bay, near the Mexican fishing and shrimping center, Rocky Point. All have pretty much lost count how many times members have headed south for a fall rendezvous featuring camaraderie, good foot, adult beverages and tall tales. There was some minor concern about all the stories in the Phoenix media, but the regulars all agreed that there was no danger in the area. Perhaps just the contrary because the major American investment there. The Mexican government doe not want to jeopardize the flow of tourism dollars to the area.


Paul Schoonover copes—The unofficial host of the Mexico Fiesta found a relaxing way to handle all the publicity about the dangers of visiting our neighbor to the south. A good book, a refreshing ocean breeze, an accommodating tortoise shell cat, and the mood becomes perfect.
 

Relaxing with a friendly card game—Grace Schoonover and Jose Pallavicini take a brief respite from a simple card game played Friday night.

Bill and Ginny Belt—These active squadron members had no trouble finding reservations for their RV that they brought from Phoenix. They enjoyed a waterfront view from the trailer park and showed off their newish dog, Brandy, a shih Tzu that captured everyone’s heart with his cute face and outgoing personality. Bill and Ginny opened their home for many years for JN and N students to get away from the lights of Phoenix to use a sextant to “shoot” stars from a roof top seating area.

Friday evening was the agreed upon starting time for the gathering in the breezeway between Paul and Grace Schoonover’s beach-front home and the adjacent boat house. Part-time Rocky Point residents and guests mingled and enjoyed complimentary Margaritas and other adult beverages with a variety of hors d’eouvres brought along by just about every one who came. The main entréeée was breaded shrimp with home prepared beans and cole slaw from an old family recipe.

The weather was perfect, the friendships genuine and lasting, and the smiles sincere. The tides cooperated because of the recent new moon, and the low-tide flats of Cholla Bay were dressed up into a nine-hole golf course with proceeds going to charity.

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South of the Border Rendezvous
15 -17 October 2010
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Rocky Point
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Some things to know about Mexico; things to bring to the rendezvous

Proof of citizenship. A passport is now necessary for return to the United States from Mexico. There are other things which may be substituted. Check ahead of time.

Mexican liability insurance for your vehicle if you drive. Some policies are available before you leave, and some are available on the way. Most U.S. insurance is not honored in Mexico. Check your policy with your agent.

Other items such as water, your medications and identification.
BYOB. U.S. prices for most things are cheaper.

How to get there
Take I-10 west from Phoenix to exit 112 (Hwy 85) and follow the road south to Gila Bend. Drive through town to the west end, and turn right at McDonalds. The highway sign reads “Mexico.” Follow Hwy 85 to Ajo, Why and Lukeville. Cross the international border and stop for the border light—red or green. (Note: The international border opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at midnight, Arizona time.)
Then keep the PEMEX station on your left at the split in the road. Turn right on Mexico Hwy 8, where the sign reads “Pto Peñasco.” You are now in downtown Sonoyta and heading southwest to Rocky Point. The speed limit is 15 mph in town. The highway speed between Sonoyta and Rocky Point is 100 kilometers per hour, or 62 mph, but you’ll notice the observed speed is “be careful and arrive safe.”

2010 Rendezvous Activities
Paul Schoonover, chairman

The members and guests who attended the rendezvous enjoyed a very nice weekend. The weather was perfect and everything happened as planned.

The fun started Friday afternoon with a happy hour with 'Tequila Sunrises' and delicious hor d'ours at Pallavacini's home. The party then moved to Schoonover's home for a clam chowder dinner followed by a boistrous game of bingo.

On saturday the ladies did a great job of boosting the Mexican economy with their exuberant shoping. After another happy hour everyone enjoyed a delicious shrimp dinner. there was then a game of "ten cent" bingo.

Sunday morning they enjoyed a sumptious FrenchToast breakfast. Those who lasted long enough enjoyed a pot luck dinner at the Prigge's home.

Due to the generous contributions of the members, especialy those supplying items for the food and drinks, the squadron gave the Cholla Bay Sportsmen's Club a Check for $100.00 for their annual Christmas party for the Cholla Bay Mexican Children.


(l-r) Mary Ormsby, Grace Schoonover, Pat Yount

(l-r) Sam Whitehead, Rochelle Taylor, Rose Werner
and Marilyn Prigge

(l-r) Paul Schoonover, Gene Erkert, Mary Orsmby,
Grace Schoonover. Lee and Sam Whitehead in the
background

Jose and Janet Pallavicini

Gene Erkert and Fred Drawert check the ice chest

Fred Drawert and Ron Werner

Jo Drawert waits her turn for ice

Les Ormsby works on the shrimp batter

John Yount inspects Les's work

Les has even more help from Panchita

There is always time for some shopping

A local beachcomber


Another beautiful sunset on the Sea of Cortez

Thank yous are owed to: Les Ormsby aided by John Yount, for the Tequila Sunrises. Mary Ormsby, assisted by Pat Yount, for her world famous Clam Chowder. Joe and Jan Pallavicini hosted the happy hour. Les Ormsby won the cookoff for the best batter for the shrimp, so he had to do the cooking, with John Yount's help. Fred Drawert called the bingo game and cooked the French Toast. Lee Whitehead provided the slaw using his old family recipe. Gary and Marilyn Prigge aided in all and hosted the Sunday dinner. Grace Schoonover, Ron and RoseWarner, Dale and Rochelle Taylor worked and helped all weekend.

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