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The last 2 weekends I have gone riding around and visiting old friends. Something a lot of use used to do a lot. In past times it wasn't unusual to here a scooter pull up in your front yard. It would be a friend and much of the time his girl friend or wife. I miss those times. For a while we did barn hopping on Saturday afternoons. Many of my friends live out of town and have barns. They would be in the barn having a few beers. You would hit a barn and then ride to another one. Most of the time you would pick riders up from one place to the next and it would be after dark before you got home. We had to many mad wives doing that and it kinda went away LOL. Just reminiscing thinking about yesterday and what a great afternoon I had, like the old days.
 

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As you get older, those putts are to kids, grandkids and great grandkids instead of old friends.
 

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As you get older, those putts are to kids, grandkids and great grandkids instead of old friends.
For many, yes, but those who didn't have kids or any relatives in the area; not so much. Just nice rides on hopefully good roads.
 

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I'm not taking a long trip until October. Then I'll head South to the boarder, Big Bend National park area and will stay in Terlingua. One guy is wanting to go across the boarder to Boquillas del Carmen, there is a animated boarder crossing there. You take a boat across then rent a donkey, horse or ride in the back of a pickup to the village. Before 911 they had no boarder check there you could just go across. I wish it was still that way. I m check into getting a passport.
 

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I'm not taking a long trip until October. Then I'll head South to the boarder, Big Bend National park area and will stay in Terlingua. One guy is wanting to go across the boarder to Boquillas del Carmen, there is a animated boarder crossing there. You take a boat across then rent a donkey, horse or ride in the back of a pickup to the village. Before 911 they had no boarder check there you could just go across. I wish it was still that way. I m check into getting a passport.
If you're just going across the Mexican or Canadian border then a Passport Card will do and it's about half the price. Still have to send your birth certificate though which I found to be a little unsettling but both times I did it; I got it back.

If you have an old Passport or card then I think there's a 5 year grace period after they expire before they want you to send the birth cert. I couldn't find mine so I had to send it in again.
 

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If you're just going across the Mexican or Canadian border then a Passport Card will do and it's about half the price. Still have to send your birth certificate though which I found to be a little unsettling but both times I did it; I got it back.

If you have an old Passport or card then I think there's a 5 year grace period after they expire before they want you to send the birth cert. I couldn't find mine so I had to send it in again.
Three of the four of us making this run have put the paper work in to get our passports. We choose to get the card and the book. With everything, picture etc. it was 190 dollars. It took a little work to get my parents birth year. I went to 3 different places before I got a passport picture. One place no longer did them, one machine was down, The third place got it done. Then yesterday I went to 3 places to get the paper work processed. 2 post offices were short handed and couldn't do it. Finally went to the county court house and got it done. The $140.00 dollars to pay for both types of passports had to be paid with a check or money order. Then there was a 35 dollar processing charge by the county and 17 dollars for the passport pictures at CVS pharmacy. Put it is done...…………..
 

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One would think that with the issues related to illegal crossings of our border and calls for increased border security, in this time of global terrorism, detailed steps and security in securing such a critical document as a passport would be both welcomed and applauded.

And, yes, the 'good old days' of just wondering for the day seem to wain as we add numbers to the birthday count.
 

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You can get on the internet and find what documents you need and you can down load the paper work needed. From what I have been told that in the past you did not have to have all the information that I had to give. This was prior to 9/11 2001. My brother is one of the organizers of the word champion chili cookoff and has been from it's beginning. He still goes in to Boquillas, but will not go across at Presidio anymore due to the Cartel. He said many of the chili cooks do, but he would not advise it. Boquillas is a poor isolated village with no electricity the last time I was there, I don't know about now. About four years ago I went to that side of the park and from a high point I could see the village. It looked different, in the past it was drab brown small adobe houses and now they have brightly colorfully painted houses. They had a café, a liquor store, a bar and a very ran down Catholic church. It was like walking into a Client Eastwood movie. So in October I'll see if the village has progressed. I'm sure the town has been hurt economically since 9/11 in 2001. It was several years before they put in the automated crossing and you could cross legally with a pass port. Once you cross and get into the village you will have a bunch of young children running up to you selling trinkets for a dollar. The bar was shabby and again looked like something out of a old western movie.
 

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All 5 of us going on this run ended up putting in for passports. Three of us have got ours in. Looking at picture on the inter-net the town has changed it has 2 restaurants now. The crossing is maned now and open 4 days a week in the summer. This YouTube clip will give you a little insight to Boquillas, Mexico.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Boquillas+Port+of+Entry&&view=detail&mid=CAB27321E0E334AFDD1DCAB27321E0E334AFDD1D&&FORM=VRDGAR
hers a second one.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Boquillas+Port+of+Entry&&view=detail&mid=3A026E9D0164F3BA558C3A026E9D0164F3BA558C&&FORM=VDRVRV
 
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