Everyone knows about the Angeles
Verdes (Green Angels). But it seems only a privileged
few have encountered La Enfermera (The Nurse). As the
story goes, she was once a nurse employed at the Centro
de Salud in San Felipe. One evening, after her shift,
she attempted to drive to Mexicali in order to attend
a child's birthday party. At Laguna Salada she fell asleep
behind the wheel, her car overturned and she was killed.
Legend has it she now patrols the highway, stopping for
stranded cars to offer assistance. Witnesses have described
her either as a gringa (an American,) or a Mexicana.
This story was sent in by Juliet Vega, a San Felipe resident.
It Happened One Night
that particular night we driving back to San Felipe from
the US. were not blessed with a full moon so it was pitch
black. My husband, Mr. Jesus Vega, has a weakness for
For Sale signs. At Campo de Mosqueda there is almost
always something for sale and that night my husband pulled
over and parked along the shoulder of the highway to investigate
a Jeep with a se vende sign on it. I was a little
nervous and as he stepped out of the car, I tried to warn
him about Vicious Dogs and Ravenous Coyotes. But he went
As I was waiting for him to return, I saw
in the mirror a car approach and pull up behind me. A
woman dressed as a Nurse stepped out. By then, Jesus was
running back to see what was happening. The woman went
to the driver side and asked through the open window,
"Do you need help? Is your car broken?"
I told her no, my husband was just checking
out a car for sale. As Jesus approached, the nurse told
him she stopped because she thought we were having difficulty.
She added that she had been driving the highway for thirty
years, rescuing people in distress.
Back on the highway, we both agreed she
was a bit strange and tried to laught it off. After a
few mintues, we lost sight of her lights behind us.
Some time later, Jesus and I both heard
Nature's Call, which required us to pull over and search
for an appropriate bush along the side of the highway.
After our business was finsihed and we stepped out from
behind the bush, we were shocked to see the Nurse parked
in front of our car. I was amazed, as we never saw her
lights behind us and no one had passed us. She approached
again and asked us if we had broken down. We told her
we were OK. Just a toilet break.
I asked the Nurse her name but she did not
respond. She did say she was renting a site at the Mar
del Sol RV Park, next to Las Misiones Hotel. I noticed
her car had an Oregon license plate. I watched as she
got back into her car and drove away into the night. What
a fearless woman, I thought.
The next day I went to Mar del Sol, but
she was not registered there nor could I locate her car.
Two days later I shared the experience with a local at
the laundromat. The owner began to pray fervently and
declared I had met La Enfermera.