Festi Arte--Art in the Park at the Beach

OK, here's the deal for this event.

Sorry I won't meet you in San Ysidro--but crossing over just makes things too complicated and unpredictable.

I'd love to have somebody volunteer to gather people at the San Ysidro McDonalds across from the final trolley stop and lead them off like Moses to meet me, but this seems like a group capable of finding their way.

If a group forms at McDonalds, I'd suggest 12:45 as a good time to start across the border.  You walk south, follow the swarm.  Up the hill, through the turnstiles, down to the northbound line.  Cut through the line and turn left in the plywood "alley" along the street.  When you come to the end of the handrail, at the stairway to the overpass, go up and head west across the footbridge.  Keep going until you descend on the other side of the highway.  Go straight west, by the crowd of taxi jerks and the big union building.  Keep left you can't miss the Caliente race book.  Inside, it's all tables and chairs.  Outside, a few steps further are the tables of the open air "Michoacan" taco stand.  I will be there, wearing a red flowered Hawaiian shirt.
If you have a Mexican phone I am at[masked] in case you get misplaced.  Or call my USA number, which should work that close to the line. [masked]-5423.  I will be there until at least 1:15, giving a half hour leeway on the posted time.  Mexico residents can meet me there, or along the route.

We can discuss transportation on the spot.  I think it best to grab a blue bus into town (if we're lucky we can get one all the way down to Playas)  and transfer to the yellow/white vans that will take us right to the park.
It's hard to estimate how much interest/time the show will hold, but as I said, we'll be at the beach.  I'd suggest moving down through the park towards the Southwest corner.  We've done the art fair we can can walk along the murals of the boardwalk, hit the beach, or grab some eats/drinks.  There is a nice sporstbar with seafood a hundred yards south of the park, and a coffeehouse with great desserts and a popular pizza place next door another 100 yeads past that.
Moving to the north we'd pass a couple of cool coffeehouse,  an pizza/sushi place with incredible ocean views, several Mexican style bars, and eventually the border fence/lighthouse/whale skeleton.  
Return to the border or downtown TJ is very easy anytime anybody wants to... we'll discuss that en route.

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  • earthfirewarrior

    Hi, we got lost and are trapped at the border crossing with no insurance. Please advise! [masked]

    1 · September 6

    • earthfirewarrior

      Yes, in a way, it turned out okay. Since we had already crossed the border and we didn't want to wait two hrs to cross back into San Diego, we winged it, got lost some more, but eventually made it to the Festi Arte. We tried to look for the meetup group but it was already 2:45pm so we figured you had moved on :) I had never been to the beach area of Tijiuana so it was great! Thanks for letting us know about this!

      1 · September 7

    • Lin R.

      Sorry we didn't catch up to each other, but glad you had a good time

      September 7

  • Jay

    Thanks Lin and all for a nice afternoon

    September 6

  • Linda

    Thanks LIN for leading!!
    Adventurous ride on the bus.
    Fun festival at the park.
    Nice stroll on the boardwalk.

    1 · September 6

    • Lin R.

      Glad you could be there!

      September 6

  • ARUNA R.

    An enjoyable afternoon at the art festival & walking on the boardwalk at the beach.

    1 · September 6

  • Nancy V

    Great fun at the park and along the beach front at Las Playas

    1 · September 6

  • Nancy V

    Great fun, everyone! Loved the ride out to Las Playas and the walk in the park and along the beach front boardwalk!

    2 · September 6

  • Janet B.

    My first visit to Las Playas-very enjoyable and good group.

    1 · September 6

  • Janet B.

    My first visit to Las Playas-very enjoyable and good group.

    1 · September 6

  • Nancy V

    I'll be looking for you, Jay. Nancy

    September 6

  • Jay

    I'll be at the San Ysidro Mcdonalds, wearing a blue striped shirt and black shorts. I'll try to be there by 12:30pm, but maybe a few minutes after that.

    1 · September 6

    • Lin R.

      Appreciate you giving people something to form up on Jay. See you in a couple of hours

      September 6

  • Rick Z

    Hello, Lin. I am not going to be able to be on the TJ meetup trip today after all. Too much to do today. However, I would value connecting with you sometime down in TJ. I am in the process of considering a move to Tijuana from San Diego at some point in the future. Please see follow up private message in your meetup email box. Thanks! And thanks for organizing this event! Rickzemlin[at]yahoo[dot]com.

    September 6

  • Chris

    Looking forward to joining the group and meeting new people. I'm undecided if I'll meet at Caliente or just drive over to Parque México myself and meet everyone there.

    September 5

    • Rick Z

      good to know about OXXO (which I do see everywhere) & your phone #.

      September 5

    • Lin R.

      OXXO is like 7-11 except much more so. :-)

      1 · September 5

  • Lin R.

    Looks like we're in luck... there's supposed to be a hurricane dumping rain here by Monday

    September 5

  • earthfirewarrior

    How much will transportation cost (blue bus and yellow/white vans)? Besides food, are there any other costs? I'm trying to get an estimate on how much money to bring. I don't want to carry too much or too little :)

    September 4, 2014

    • Lin R.

      We don't really know how long we'll be or where we will eat. I would think $30 would handle it. I wouldn't worry about taking more. TJ is not really dangerous for mugging sort of things, especially not Playas. On the other hand if you do decide to do something else you can use your ATM card to get more money.

      1 · September 5

    • earthfirewarrior

      Great, thanks!

      September 5

  • Mark S

    Hi Lin,
    I have to cancel this trip due to work. See u soon

    September 3, 2014

    • Lin R.

      sorry to hear that, Mark.

      September 3, 2014

  • Nancy V

    Im joining the group for the first time too. Looking forward to it. Will make my way to the McD's in San Ysidro before 12:30p to find the group.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Rick Z

    I would enjoy meeting you all for this. I haven't been to an event with this group yet but want to start to get to know TJ. What time are we meeting at McD's in San Ysidro?

    August 31, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Since nobody has any problem with the 1 PM meetup time at Caliente, I'd say if you're at the San YSkidrow McD at 12:30 or so, walking over by about quarter until one, you're in the groove. If anybody coming from US side has any numbers here, let us know. I will post the whole schmear on meeting and transport on Wednesday.

      1 · August 31, 2014

  • Lin R.

    Whenever we decide to do it, I guess we'll do the usual meet-up at San Ysidro McDonalds, followed by invigorating walk across the border. Once again I can meet people at the Caliente race book (and or taco place next door, depending on crowding). We can take bus to Playas, one straight shot if we're lucky, otherwise, transfer downtown to a van for the second leg.

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Tamela

      The McDonalds is closed. I tried to meet someone there a couple of weeks ago and it was gone.

      August 28, 2014

    • Lin R.

      You mean the one on the TJ side. Yes, it's been closed for at least a month. Has to be the only Mc's in the world to ever go out of business. This meet-up will stage at the McDonalds in San Ysidro, right at the trolley terminus. I will meet whoever walks over at the Caliente Race book, like last time. This is on the walkway towards the McDonalds, a huge yellow building about 100 yards shy of the closed Mc's. I'll post a more complete itinerary next week. It looks like everybody is happy with September 6 and 1PM.

      August 29, 2014

  • Lin R.

    OK... we got some interest, it looks like. I think this is enough of a quorum to discuss the date. If there is anybody who has strong objections to Saturday the 6th, or strong preference to go on Sunday the 7th, now is the time to toss them out. Otherwise, I guess we're happy with Saturday.
    I think the time is fine, unless anybody has a better suggestion. I figure we "graze" for lunch and can decide on a dinner situation on the spot. We could do it earlier, to allow more light for strolling the boardwalk, if people want to do that.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Lin R.

    OK, looks like some interest. We need to figure a date for this... but no rush, when we get a full boat we'll know when people can go. I'd kind of think Sat because there will be stuff, but the beach won't be hugely crowded. On the other hand Sunday crowds might be what people want to see. I set the location to the park so people can see where it is on the map

    August 20, 2014

  • Lin Robinson changed the location from Parque Mexico to Parque Mexico

    August 20, 2014

  • Lin Robinson changed the location from McDonald's­ to Parque Mexico

    August 20, 2014

  • Lin R.

    OK, I set the date for Sat. Sep 6, just to get it scheduled and on the calendar. We can change that if people want.

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Lin Robinson changed the date and time to Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    August 19, 2014

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