Laredo Texas, March 3-5

We arrived in Laredo expecting to cross the border in the morning. That evening the local news covered a major shoot out which happened that afternoon just across the border in Nuevo Laredo between the police and a caravan of “soldiers” from the drug cartel. Until now, the “trouble” had been contained to one city near El Paso, TX. On Wednesday the “drug war” took a new turn. In every border town there were shootings between the military and the cartel. The US Government has warned people to not cross into Mexico unless they have to.

We decided to take a few days to see how things progress. We traveled to Corpus Christi and continued to monitor the news (which is extremely limited due to the cartels habit of killing journalists who report on the shootings).

March 5th – Additional events and a chance meeting with a sailor (owner of a restaurant) who has been traveling to Mexico regularly, and who now has stopped, left us settled that our decision to cancel our trip to Mexico was the right thing to do.

We’re now driving  I-10 across lower Texas and Louisiana (enjoying the Texas BBQ and Cajun food) on our way to Florida.  We will update as the story unfolds.

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6 Responses to Laredo Texas, March 3-5

  1. good call says:

    i live here in laredo. i don’t travel in to mexico like i used to. it’s just not safe at the moment. that’s a shame. nuevo laredo is just not what it used to be.

  2. Paul & Marg says:

    Thanks for the confirmation that we have made the right decision…..Mexico has so much to offer too bad most of us can’t take advantage of it.

  3. Cousin Larry says:

    Too bad you had to cancel your plans for a Mexico adventure, but it is probably a good decision with the situation so volatile now. Our daughter Lynn and her husband are in Cancun this week, but I am sure they will stay within the resort area. You are probably heading to south Florida, but if you go through the panhandle area be sure to check out their white beaches. Have Fun.
    Cousin Larry

  4. Paul & Marg says:

    Thanks Larry. it’s always good to hear from you. Yes, we are in Florida now (Venice) but the weather was too cool to be hanging around at any beach. Today was the first in many days where the temperature was over 70. More good weather is supposed to be coming – finally. Not sure what we will do here Florida is no Mexico – way too many malls for me and Marg. Hope to find some way to make this an adventure. Take care….

    P&M

  5. Rick Budding says:

    Hi Marg and Paul,

    Sounds like a good decision to cancel the Mexico part of your trip. My brother flies to Mexico often and used to live in El Paso. He recently was in Juarez for business and felt very uncomfortable there and got out as soon as he could.

    Great to keep up with you via the blog. Congrats BTW on your son’s wedding recently.

    Rick

  6. Emily says:

    i live here in laredo. i don’t travel in to mexico like i used to. it’s just not safe at the moment. that’s a shame. nuevo laredo is just not what it used to be.

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