During last month’s aborted trip to Mexicali for Chinese food, Kathryn, Dan, and I made a stop at the Gran Plaza Outlets in Calexico, California, for a bathroom break and, for Kathryn, a quick, successful bit of shopping. While we were there, we also took a number of photographs of the nearby border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Today, while scanning headlines from the past several days, I learned that this very same stretch of border wall behind the outlet mall will be the first to be replaced during the Trump administration. We didn’t realize we were observing a bit of history — the end of an era, or the beginning of a new one, depending on your perspective. These may be among the last photos taken of this stretch of 1990s-era makeshift border fencing.
This morning, Kathryn made a suggestion that we go back to the same spot when the new border wall is finished so that we’ll have before and after photos. That sounds like a great idea, as well as a brilliant excuse for another Chinese lunch for us — and probably for more shopping for her. We visit this area enough to make it happen.