I left San Pedro boondocking area this morning about 10 o'clock and had an easy and uneventful drive to the Seminole Canyon state Park. I did have to go through a border patrol checkpoint on the highway which I was actually very glad to see open because I haven't seen very many of them open in the last few years. I would see the expensive infrastructure sitting there next to the highway but there would be no one there.
For those of you who have never been through a highway immigration checkpoint I'll explain the procedure. For most people it's a very quick and stress-free encounter.
Cones and warning signs direct you off the highway and into a very large pull off area which is usually covered to keep the sun and rain off everyone involved. You come to a stop next to one or two uniformed border patrol officers one of whom may or may not have a dog. In my case this morning there was a German shepherd looking dog involved. The officer with the dog fast walked the dog around the outside of the truck and trailer while the officer at my driver's window asked me two questions, "how are you doing today"? And "are you an American citizen"? Being of above-average intelligence I easily answered those questions with "fine" and "yes". Those answers must've pleased him because after glancing toward the back of the trailer where the dog was he thanked me and motioned me forward.
Over the years I've been through many of these checkpoints and that's exactly whats happened at every one of them, plus or minus a dog or two. Experience has taught me that these encounters are best taken very seriously and is a terrible time to throw out any jokes about politics, ] illegal aliens, or the border patrol in general, that you think the officers will find extremely humorous. So my advice would be save your jokes for your friends, and answer these guys questions in as few words as possible. [Refer back to my answers] don't elaborate, and for Pete's sake don't start telling them your life story, Or you may find yourself pulled off to the side while five guys search your trailer for that self-defense pistol you accidentally mentioned that you carry in the RV.