The 250th Monument and The Infamous Wall

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This sign got us excited only 4 more miles!

First off, I would like to assure you that my weekend was by far better than your weekend!  It has been a while, but I have been busy working on the truck; I think after it’s done I will start making modification posts regarding the truck. I may end up pulling out the engine to work on the spark plugs.  I will also be including a live stream for when I drop the gas tank!!!  So, what is the 250th monument, and which wall could amount to be that famous? Do I mean the Great Wall of China? The Berlin wall in Germany? Perhaps it is Hadrian’s Wall, which I can guarantee some people have never even heard of. If you have, however, you just gained a taco point from me or two (taco foreshadowing reference).

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One of our amazing views of Otay Lake along the border

Monument 250 is what we found along our journey. As we travel by trucks on a rugged off-road trail, the trip itself took nearly four hours and is 24.6 miles off the road trails.  This was one adventure we would never forget; just getting on the trail was interesting.  There has been a lot of rainfall in the region, so there were some wide ruts and washes (no big deal). If it wasn’t washboards or bumps, it was heavy ruts, which embodied a rather random terrain. Most of the trail was quite soft and well maintained by the border patrol.  Oh?! Did I mention that the border patrol was regularly patrolling and using some of the trails to this monument?

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We got to meet a lot of border patrol agents along the way

If you haven’t already figured it out by now, I’ll have you know that monume18552944_1556708534360930_1581186775_o.pngnt 250 is at the border of Mexico and the United States. With border patrol using the trails regularly, I was somewhat stunned that some of the trails were so washed out.  It could be a possible safety issue, as there are steep cliffs that could produce an avalanche or a landslide from the weight of the off-road vehicles alone.

 

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That is the border fence in the background!

There are several monuments (boundary stones)
along the border of Mexico, and since I love history I was very intrigued to see one, once we made it to the border. From the oldest cities and earliest civilizations from Egypt to places like Mesopotamia: The Romans used the same monuments or boundary stones across Europe and they had developed this system into multipurpose markers called “termini”, which reflected civil authority, marked local geographic features, and referenced major historical events. If you moved or destroyed a boundary stone without permission, you risked not only civil penalties, but the wrath of the “local spirits”, which would have sounded like a legitimate threat back in those days before we had the ghost busters!

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We could see Tijuana from the mountains. We were up high!

As we made it to the marker we realized what the marker indicated as the story is on the marker itself. Etched in the monument to stand the test of time for all to see for generations. It was a humbling experience to be able to touch it and think about how many people have been there. In that exact spot, we were standing where people from so many different time periods have been. Generations of people from all over the world have been to that exact spot and experienced those views as well as shared them. Where I am sharing the view with a Camera to all of you someone took a similar photo with a polaroid camera years ago. Before that a film camera and who knows maybe even a painting (insert photography joke here).

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The Two, Five, and Zero monument is one of the18516546_1556708821027568_1194042336_o several monuments on the boundary along the United States. The 250 monument is at the end of the very controversial wall, now the same wall which was a highly discussed topic in the 2016 presidential campaigns, and still is on the news stations. It still remains a diverse topic with opinions on both sides of the fence… I had to go there, haha; the monument says “Boundary of the United States treaty of 1880 re-established by the treaties of 1882 to 1889”. It goes on to read “The destruction or displacement of this monument is a misdemeanor punishable by the United States or Mexico”.

The question remains why I am making a big deal about this marker? If you re-read the text, it states “re-established” and 1882 to 1889. So what is important about those words? If you could jump into your time machine and turn the dial to the year 1880, you would notice that there was a lot of ruthless smuggling in the United States.  Indians, bandits, and criminals raided across the border and this was a big problem for both the United States and Mexico. The United States had just replaced Great Britain as the main supplier of trade and goods to Mexico. To fix this growing issue between two neighboring countries they signed a treaty in 1882 indicating “regular Federal troops of the two republics may reciprocally cross the boundary line of the two countries when they are in close pursuit of a band of Savage Indians”. This treaty also indicated politically that Mexico no longer viewed the U.S. border crossings as the prelude to control of its territory (Source: The History Of Mexico by Phillip Russell).

 

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Look at the size difference between us, our trucks, and the wall!

 

I learn a lot from my adventures, both on foot and off-road, from mountains to the desert. I enjoy the people I meet, the history of the land, and the thrill of exploring something new.  As I continue on my journey through this trip called life I will keep randomly updating this thing, which is like my public diary.  Until next time, Vance out!

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