English: Wine grapes from the Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Español: Uvas para vino del Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, México. Français : Grappe de raisins de cuve dans la Guadalupe Valley. Municipalité d’Ensenada, Basse-Californie, Mexique. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ensenada, Mexico at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am thinking of downsizing or completely selling off my RV rig. I don’t seem to have the same level of intensity to travel as much. I’m comfortable here in Mexico and have friends and a social life for one of the few times in my life. I would like to see more of Mexico, but even doing that I would prefer a more sedate and comfortable mode of travel. Driving large distances finding a place to park and then doing it again in a few days has lost its appeal. Of course I may change my mind tomorrow, but that is how I feel this evening. I have thought of getting a smaller rig like a camper van to do shorter trips in then I would be able to use the van for non-camping trips too. I haven’t found anything yet to switch to, but who knows what may happen? There is a little bit of serendipity yet to this old lady’s life so stay tuned as they say.
I am planning on visiting the Ensenada area next weekend for the first time. Ensenada is on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja peninsular and both north and south of there are many communities that interest me. The summers are cooler there than in San Felipe and some folks leave here during the summer and rent a place there to be more comfortable. I’m hoping to see for myself what it is like in that area. There is a valley there called the Guadalupe Valley where there are many vineyards and wineries-every year there is a Winery tour that takes several days, sounds interesting.
Life has been good lately and I’m grateful for it.
Today I started sorting out my clothes closet and donating some clothes to charity. I have been carrying around clothes I don’t wear or don’t fit and it is time to reduce the amount of unused clothes. As a part time RV’r and part time resident of Baja MX I don’t wear a lot of fancy clothes. I just don’t have the opportunity to get dressed up. Even after this culling of the clothes closet I still have stuff I seldom wear. I just don’t have the nerve to let the clothes go. Isn’t that weird ? I suppose some Psychologist would have fun with my inability to let go of certain clothes. Nah, to mundane.
I still have cowboy (girl?) boots, so when am I going to need them ? I don’t know. I have fishing gear I bought and never used. I would like to go fishing again, but will I ? I don’t know. Then there are books and tapes/CDS on spanish …. oye!
How can a boring person like me gather so much stuff ? Sigh…..
I am getting a little bored here but it is so cold anywhere else there is no point in leaving. I hate the cold and it is so cold up north I wouldn’t have anything to do with it.
It has been cold for days and it will continue for a few more days making it uncomfortable for everyone. It is unheard of to have central heating here and the locals use space heaters if they are lucky. I am merely uncomfortable, the locals, suffer.
I am surprised at how cold it feels here, perhaps it is the humidity and of course the wind. Still this far south of San Diego and it is in the forties that is just wrong! I thought it would be more pleasant than this at least during the day; once again I’m wrong.
Today was laundry day and once I was glad of it as the Laundromat was warmer than outside and waiting for my clothes to finnish I was at least temporarily warm so much so I had to take my jacket off.
Hopefully the weather will turn for the better in a few days and I can quit whining 🙂
I got news that a friend here at Pete’s camp died this morning. He was elderly and had lost his wife last year about this time. He and I would share stories of our travels in europe. We had been to the same places and enjoyed the same foods and adventures even though we had been there at different times. I toasted his memory this evening with a bit of brandy and let a few tears wet my cheeks. I will miss him.
I did a few things in the rig today. One was to a-fix the rear view mirror to the windshield again. It has been down for quite some time. An interior rear view mirror in a class A RV is a waste, but I didn’t want to throw it away and it might come in handy when I hear something fall in the RV as I’m driving I can try to use the mirror to see what the problem is and if I should do something about it. The other is I have a closet rod I use to hang drapes from that I have mounted across the RV just behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats. The purpose of that is to keep the hot air in the driving compartment in the summer and the cold air there in the winter. I am not sure if it is worth all the bother. I have seen other Rv’rs do it so I gave it a try. One thing I have learned is not to have the rod up when driving because if I hit a bump, not an unusual occurrence in Mexico, the rod comes down and hits me in the head. So before driving the rod and drapes are stowed out of the way.
I do know that my RV traveling days are not over; I still like the feel of the open road and the adventure of traveling to someplace new. Winter isn’t the best time to do that of course as it is cold and the weather can turn dangerous quickly. I think I’ll be back on the road one day soon; going to who knows where just as long as I’m going I’ll be happy. Not as happy as when I had my fur kids with me, but happier than sitting in one place to long. Yup getting that itch again 🙂
I bit the bullet and bought new tires for the rig. It was hard parting with all that money, but it had to be done as the tires on the old bus where past due for changing out. The tire men doing the heavy work at Jack Furrier’s Tire Center in Tucson showed me where the crack on one tire had made it all around the rim and on an other tire it was almost halfway around the rim. Those tires were ready to blow and cause me a lot of trouble, trouble I don’t need right now. I feel relieved that the tires I am riding on are new and should not blow anytime soon.
Shelby being cool
Now my mind has two issues my dog and her problems and getting back to Mexico and my home. Tomorrow evening I and Shelby have an appointment with the Vet most likely the last appointment for Shelby.
Now I am turning my attention to my return to San Felipe Mexico. The immigration Law has changed in Mexico and the way the law will be enforced is still a bit murky, but it looks like one can become a permanent resident easier now unless the information I have read is not correct. I sure hope it is correct as I would like to become a permanent resident of Mexico and learn Spanish at a high level which will take a great effort and a lot of time. I have little else to do with my time so I have to dedicated myself to that task.
I am updating links to Facebook and linked-in with this blog seems I missed the boat on doing this, my blogs used to be linked to Facebook don’t know why the link got lost. Such is modern interactive apps they change but you don’t catch it.
Still preparing for the trip north today I will be calling about insurance for the tow vehicle to have it added to the policy of the RV. I have liability on the tracker while it is in Mexico but when I cross the border I need to make sure it is covered in the U.S.. I bought it here in Mexico so it wasn’t necessary to insure the vehicle in the U.S. until I cross the border. With three vehicles I have different policies for each one some cover them only in Mexico others cover only in the U.S.. I’ve got documents in every vehicle and the Mexican registered one has its own file I carry because it was imported years ago but it is an American made vehicle and if I am stopped and checked by Mexican Customs I want to have my documentation that the vehicle is legally registered in Mexico, it is insured both countries so when I go shopping in the U.S. I’m covered. Life is full of details, but if you don’t take care of them they can come back and bite you in the Rump-us-Bumpus.
William Frost Layton in recreational vehicle on tract of land he later developed into Layton’s Cottage, Trailer, and Fishing Park: Riviera Beach, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)
I am preparing to take the RV and Tracker north. I need to get a check-up with my doctors it has been almost a year and I am feeling fatigued; it could be my medication, diet, heart health or combination, then again it could be something else entirely. But it is time to find out the cause.
I have been getting the RV ready I had the cooling system flushed and a leak from the transmission looked after. I also had the connection for the tow vehicle installed and the tow vehicle had to be rewired to match the RV so the turn signals worked correctly. I have also gotten some experience hitching up my tow vehicle. Another thing that gives me concern is that I cannot see the tow vehicle when we are driving straight unless it casts a shadow on the road and that needs the sun in the right spot to see a shadow. Next is to re-load the RV with my stuff and some supplies to last a few days then contract with a gardener to take care of my plants and trees then hit the road north.
The one more concern is the road north to Mexicali and the border is under construction and a large portion is a gravel by-pass road that can be rough in spots. I worry about my tires on the makeshift road. Also this is monsoon season and a rain storm can turn the makeshift road to a mud torture test in an instant. I will make my decision to use the highway with the by-pass road or take the cross peninsular road to Ensenada and then to the Tecate border crossing. From what I hear the Tecate crossing can be a long wait at times-up to five hours. Not a pleasant thought on a hot day!
Mothership and the shuttle vehicle ready for the trip to the border
I already have my appointments made at the two doctors offices so I feel committed to the plan now. Organization is the key word what to take, what to leave and a shopping list. There are some things I want to bring back for the house when I return.