Mexican Army Invades Tulip

Checkpoints are a way of life when driving in Mexico but 99% of the time we are waved on.  There are agricultural, federal police, and army checkpoints and only once have we been stopped and that was an agricultural check a few years ago.

Today was different.  There was an army checkpoint where trucks and cars were funneled to one lane and it was slow stop and go for quite some time.  Then, while Steve was in the bathroom, two soldiers came walking towards me, moved a barrier next to Tulip, and motioned for me to drive to the right and then pull over.  I could see that no other vehicles had been pulled over……just us.  Panic!

One of the soldiers started talking to me but I couldn’t understand a word.  Usually I can make out a few words but he had a machine gun staccato way of talking.  By then Steve had come out of the bathroom but couldn’t understand him either.  The soldier motioned that he wanted to come into the RV.  Steve got up and opened the door and the soldier stepped inside and looked around.



The other solider stood guard at the door so that we could not escape.  Oh boy, how were we going to get out of this?

Hostage negotiations ensued, and although the soldiers spoke no English,  I finally understood he was after the name of my Facebook page. Whew!  We were then released.

*****I received an email about this post and the person took the incident as a serious threat.  It’s a joke. We never for even one minute felt threatened.  It was all fun and we all laughed ourselves silly.


  1. I'm sure it would have been serious if they had found something you shouldn't have had, but I think it's SOOOOOO Blogger of you to take their photos. That's the first thing I think of, too. “Can I take your picture for my blog?” It looks like they were smiling, so all was well. (But when the cops knocked on my door the other night and questioned me, I didn't even think of grabbing my camera! That had to be a first.)


  2. We know from others that RV in Mexico that police or soldiers are just interested to see what an RV looks like inside. The very minute the soldiers stepped inside they were smiling and so I picked up my camera. They never looked inside a single cabinet and he only stepped farther into the RV to pose for the pictures.


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