Border Field State Park – January 30, 2013

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Border Field State Park, is located at the lowest point in the contiguous states along the Pacific Ocean. Unlike the Southern most point of the United States on the East Coast where there is a big buoy to for tourist to touch,  photograph themselves having, fun and pubs to make them feel like they are having fun, it is different here. Though the park is open to the public, they seem to discourage happiness, and the tourists pride associated with arrival. This is no way for the South West to make money.  In spite of this, we left our safe little RV park, drove to the Jamul Post Office turned left and took a short cut just under lions peak on porter road to Chula Vista, Ca.

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The road is not paved, but it in better condition than many of the paved roads around here. It was only about 8 miles until we ended up in a new housing development with homes starting at 4,600 square feet. Living in our house of 400 square feet, it is hard to imagine that one would think 4,600 square feet was a little small, and would opt for a larger model. I doubt that we will ever experience that problem, and if we did, we would not experience it in California. We would go to a state with a more friendly tax structure. Well, we have a park to visit, no time ponder what it would be like to have enough income to worry about where we live.

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We arrive at border field state park. This place could be a real cash cow, but in California’s normal way, they kick their gift horses in the mouths, by closing and under funding projects that have a potential to bring in revenue. They figure lets close the things that people use, then they will see the need for higher taxes.  One wonders how many politicians will be in heaven.

This park is closed most of the time to cars, you can park outside and walk in. There is no fee to walk in. If the park happens to be open, there is a $5.00 fee to drive in. The park is supposed to be open Sat and Sunday and Holidays, but their road floods. Last year the park opened in July.  The park has (Had a monument) you could tour and learn about Mexican and American history, and we were hoping to see it. The U.S. government added a second border fence effectively creating a DMZ between the two countries. We never did find the monument, no historical signs, nor markers. We just found a bunch of signs about stupid plants and birds and how the sewer water sanctuary is a wonderful protected habitat / toxic waste land from military testing in the 70′s.  All this duly noted we decided to walk in and see what the park had to offer for our selves.

First thing we noted, is that this Black Bird turned green! We decided the toxic electrical waste stories from the navy testing, may well be true, or the people from Tijuana are drinking too much nuclear Ice Tea.
First thing we noted, is that this Black Bird turned green! We decided the toxic electrical waste stories from the navy testing, may well be true, or the people from Tijuana are drinking too much nuclear Ice Tea.
 The trek into the park is a smooth paved road covered in silt along what resembles extremely healthy and lush sage brush as if something like that were to exist.

The trek into the park is a smooth paved road covered in silt along what resembles extremely healthy and lush sage brush as if something like that were to exist.
We get our first look at Tijuana, there is what looks like a large up side down bowl for processing the city’s sewage, a light house, and some other buildings off in the haze.
We get our first look at Tijuana, there is what looks like a large up side down bowl for processing the city’s sewage, a light house, and some other buildings off in the haze.
Tijuana, covers the hills. The homes look nicer than those along I-5 in South West Chula Vista. Looks like they were all built for the ocean views.
Tijuana, covers the hills. The homes look nicer than those along I-5 in South West Chula Vista. Looks like they were all built for the ocean views.
We did our first mile, and arrived at the beach. Reminds me of southern Oregon with the snowy plover. Only tin Oregon I think the beaches are completely closed during laying season. Once the Plovers are done getting laid, the beaches reopen. Here it looks like the soft sand is always closed no matter what the birds are up to.
We did our first mile, and arrived at the beach. Reminds me of southern Oregon with the snowy plover. Only tin Oregon I think the beaches are completely closed during laying season. Once the Plovers are done getting laid, the beaches reopen. Here it looks like the soft sand is always closed no matter what the birds are up to.
Our first look at the ocean since we left Seaside last fall, we really missed the beach. Except I can’t get to the wet sand without help. :(
Our first look at the ocean since we left Seaside last fall, we really missed the beach. Except I can’t get to the wet sand without help. 🙁
Sarah carefully reads the signs so as to not upset the locals by fracturing a law or two.
Sarah carefully reads the signs so as to not upset the locals by fracturing a law or two.
The sign says the area is so polluted, that rover is not safe here, and people will get sick if they get in the water.  This stretch of beach is less than one mile south of Imperial Beach where many of the greatest surfers of all time practiced learned and competed in the 60′s. Now one can’t even touch the water. There are no foul smells here, the area looks normal, could this be a hoax to keep us from swimming to Mexico? Border patrol agent went buy us on his ATV at wide open throttle dressed like Darth Vader. We were so envious of his job. How many people get paid to zoom up and down the beach on an ATV in year around summer weather?  There is no justice in this world. We should be getting paid to ride ATV’s too. We would have to buy the border patrol a new fashion consultant though, that green yellow and black thing just is not working!
The sign says the area is so polluted, that rover is not safe here, and people will get sick if they get in the water. This stretch of beach is less than one mile south of Imperial Beach where many of the greatest surfers of all time practiced learned and competed in the 60′s. Now one can’t even touch the water. There are no foul smells here, the area looks normal, could this be a hoax to keep us from swimming to Mexico? Border patrol agent went buy us on his ATV at wide open throttle dressed like Darth Vader. We were so envious of his job. How many people get paid to zoom up and down the beach on an ATV in year around summer weather? There is no justice in this world. We should be getting paid to ride ATV’s too. We would have to buy the border patrol a new fashion consultant though, that green yellow and black thing just is not working!
Holly and Sarah are looking at what looks like the thing sewage shoots out of. They will be up the creek if someone in Tijuana flushes the toilet. Hmm. It looks like they are trying to open it, could they be budding Roto Rooter Technicians?
Holly and Sarah are looking at what looks like the thing sewage shoots out of. They will be up the creek if someone in Tijuana flushes the toilet. Hmm. It looks like they are trying to open it, could they be budding Roto Rooter Technicians?
 More pictures of the ocean, we love it when it stays where it belongs and lets the sun sparkle off it.

More pictures of the ocean, we love it when it stays where it belongs and lets the sun sparkle off it.
Our camera took a picture of the ocean in gray-scale, we did not want too many of  our friends at home to feel sad-looking at all the blue skies. This picture makes it look nice and Stormy like Seaside would be this time of year.
Our camera took a picture of the ocean in gray-scale, we did not want too many of our friends at home to feel sad-looking at all the blue skies. This picture makes it look nice and Stormy like Seaside would be this time of year.
Looking north from the sewer pipe we see Imperial Beach where some of America best surfing used to be.
Looking north from the sewer pipe we see Imperial Beach where some of America best surfing used to be.
My Holly bird is drying her wings after the long rainy spell.
My Holly bird is drying her wings after the long rainy spell.
ur pause is over, and we have a quarter-mile walk and we will be in Tijuana.
ur pause is over, and we have a quarter-mile walk and we will be in Tijuana.
Uh some one put a big black fence in the way, and they did not include a gate. The people on the other side are at the bars, I think they would let us in, but the Border Patrol guy does not appear to be keen on the idea.
Uh some one put a big black fence in the way, and they did not include a gate. The people on the other side are at the bars, I think they would let us in, but the Border Patrol guy does not appear to be keen on the idea.
More signs warning us not to swim here. This time they are referring to objects in the water as a hazard.  I wonder if they are mechanical mines, or organic mines?
More signs warning us not to swim here. This time they are referring to objects in the water as a hazard. I wonder if they are mechanical mines, or organic mines?
My angels are posing here, next to Mexico. We have no passports and would be too cheap to go there anyway. For us, this is fine.
My angels are posing here, next to Mexico. We have no passports and would be too cheap to go there anyway. For us, this is fine.
In this picture, you will see there is a black fence, which the Mexicans can come up and touch if they like. They have hotels, pubs, grocery stores, a park, a sports arena, and a company giving monument tours for $16.00 a person on their side. On our side we have men in SUV’s watching our every move, cameras everywhere, and a rope about 30′ off the cyclone fence that is on the States side, that will give you jail time if you cross it and get too near the fence. Their beach is loaded with people having picnic’s listening to obnoxious music that we fortunately cannot understand because it is presumably in Spanish. To a casual on looker, it seems the U.S. Government is trying to keep U.S. Citizens from escaping to Mexico. Must have been those new taxes that California levied this year. Not to mention that the Mexican drinking age is 18.
In this picture, you will see there is a black fence, which the Mexicans can come up and touch if they like. They have hotels, pubs, grocery stores, a park, a sports arena, and a company giving monument tours for $16.00 a person on their side. On our side we have men in SUV’s watching our every move, cameras everywhere, and a rope about 30′ off the cyclone fence that is on the States side, that will give you jail time if you cross it and get too near the fence. Their beach is loaded with people having picnic’s listening to obnoxious music that we fortunately cannot understand because it is presumably in Spanish. To a casual on looker, it seems the U.S. Government is trying to keep U.S. Citizens from escaping to Mexico. Must have been those new taxes that California levied this year. Not to mention that the Mexican drinking age is 18.

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We walked up on the mound, and are as close to the fence as we could get. The US side has a gate big enough to drive the white house through.
We walked up on the mound, and are as close to the fence as we could get. The US side has a gate big enough to drive the white house through.
The hill on the other side of the ocean, is Cabrillo national monument where we went last year when we were here.
The hill on the other side of the ocean, is Cabrillo national monument where we went last year when we were here.
Another view of the upside down bowl. Turns out it is just an arena for bull fighting. The fight is where you get 100 men all in a circle drinking Schiltz Malt Liqueur Bull. The last man standing and has not left to the rest room wins. Actually, this is not even half-true. The arena is said to no longer be used, and we will not discuss the actual events due to the young innocent readers of this blog, or because we have never been to a bull-fight.
Another view of the upside down bowl. Turns out it is just an arena for bull fighting. The fight is where you get 100 men all in a circle drinking Schiltz Malt Liqueur Bull. The last man standing and has not left to the rest room wins. Actually, this is not even half-true. The arena is said to no longer be used, and we will not discuss the actual events due to the young innocent readers of this blog, or because we have never been to a bull-fight.
This park on this mound was created in 2008, then pretty much closed due to no money. California needs to put in a privately run historical museum up here with a replica of the monument we can’t see any more. Put in some eateries, huts with views of the ocean, and other attractive points of interest. They are leaving millions of dollars on the table here.
This park on this mound was created in 2008, then pretty much closed due to no money. California needs to put in a privately run historical museum up here with a replica of the monument we can’t see any more. Put in some eateries, huts with views of the ocean, and other attractive points of interest. They are leaving millions of dollars on the table here.
Decaying  U.S park and thriving Tijuana on the other side.
Decaying U.S park and thriving Tijuana on the other side.
My ladies enjoying the view.
My ladies enjoying the view.

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This section of road closes the park. It needs 1′ of base layer road rock and 4′ of crushed 1/4 minus and re-oiled. This would let the water coming from the pipe that extrudes from the hill under the border fence to seep under the road. This would stop the road from being flooded, let the water work its way into the marsh, and in theory every one would be happy. The EPA is involved with this one along with a few other government agencies. So, this will probably decay into a marsh land inhabited by a hiker here and there, and hundreds of ATV’S and SUV’s owned by the U.S. Government.
This section of road closes the park. It needs 1′ of base layer road rock and 4′ of crushed 1/4 minus and re-oiled. This would let the water coming from the pipe that extrudes from the hill under the border fence to seep under the road. This would stop the road from being flooded, let the water work its way into the marsh, and in theory every one would be happy. The EPA is involved with this one along with a few other government agencies. So, this will probably decay into a marsh land inhabited by a hiker here and there, and hundreds of ATV’S and SUV’s owned by the U.S. Government.
Looking from the mound back toward our camp in those hills.
Looking from the mound back toward our camp in those hills.
Picture of the border fence going east forever.  Don’t cross the guard rail, you might go to jail.
Picture of the border fence going east forever. Don’t cross the guard rail, you might go to jail.

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Looking at San Diego
Looking at San Diego
Girls want to see if the cute border patrol agent will talk to them if they get too close to the fence. We told them it was  bad idea, so they ran off to see. I told them teasing life guards by pretending to drown in hopes of getting mouth to mouth was one thing, but I was just sure federal agents had no sense of humor.
Girls want to see if the cute border patrol agent will talk to them if they get too close to the fence. We told them it was bad idea, so they ran off to see. I told them teasing life guards by pretending to drown in hopes of getting mouth to mouth was one thing, but I was just sure federal agents had no sense of humor.
Well they made it, and did not get the attention they were hoping for. They got to about the 10′ mark from the fence, he cranked up his engine, and they decided that was as close as they wanted to be. We now know we are in a 3,500 mile wide, by 2,200 mile tall cage that we cannot leave without asking permission. If they let you out of the cage to explore the world, how nicely does one have to ask to allowed back in?
Well they made it, and did not get the attention they were hoping for. They got to about the 10′ mark from the fence, he cranked up his engine, and they decided that was as close as they wanted to be. We now know we are in a 3,500 mile wide, by 2,200 mile tall cage that we cannot leave without asking permission. If they let you out of the cage to explore the world, how nicely does one have to ask to allowed back in?

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Everyone is in agreement, it is time to go home
Everyone is in agreement, it is time to go home
They sure love white buildings
They sure love white buildings
Home sweet home. The border patrol agents that are on the ground here, are much more friendly than those at the park.  They always smile and wave. Some times they come in large groups driving very fast to unknown locations. We really don’t know much about them, but it seems if there were as many police as border patrol agents, crime would never have an occasion to rear its ugly head.
Home sweet home. The border patrol agents that are on the ground here, are much more friendly than those at the park. They always smile and wave. Some times they come in large groups driving very fast to unknown locations. We really don’t know much about them, but it seems if there were as many police as border patrol agents, crime would never have an occasion to rear its ugly head.
Walking around the park discussing the days events, and dinner, we found a rabbit.
Walking around the park discussing the days events, and dinner, we found a rabbit.
Now we supper on the BBQ which we have placed on the BBQ.
Now we supper on the BBQ which we have placed on the BBQ.
Good Evening and Good Night
Good Evening and Good Night
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