CROSSING THE BORDER
The time had finally come to cross into Mexico. We'd slowly made our way south from Ojai after the wedding, camping along the coast, until we stayed with family in Oceanside for a few days. We used our time there to finalize our plans to cross into Mexico: stocking up on supplies, figuring out our route, and getting our paperwork in order, including car insurance and tourist cards (we went to Discover Baja to get this stuff taken care of ahead of time rather than figuring it out at the border). We stayed at the KOA in San Diego the night before crossing, so we could relax and get an early start.
The next day we fueled up and drove to the San Ysidro crossing, where we thankfully had notes for which building to stop at to get our tourist cards stamped and get some pesos from the ATM inside. Afterwords, we continued on with the rest of the traffic, where we got flagged to pull over for a search. After seeing how much stuff we had loaded inside, the border agent guided us to park under a large drive-through looking machine off in a separate area. A little confused, we got out and waited while they x-rayed it (our best guess), asked us some questions, and let us go on our way. We hopped on the toll road to head down the coast from Tijuana to Ensenada.