Something is on my mind

English: Wine grapes from the Guadalupe Valley...

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

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.


Escapees RV Club Escapade

I have decided to attend the Escapees Escapade in Gillette WY June 30 to July 5th 2013. Escapade is a big meeting of members of the Escapees RV club where one attends seminars on various aspects of RVing and shopping for RV stuff as there will be a lot of vendors there, or so I’m told. I have not made plans this far in advance for a long time but I think I can live with doing it this time, as I have to go to South Dakota to get my driver’s license again. Sad story that, my license again because it was stolen while shopping in Wal-Mart Calexico CA. Sad I got robbed in the U.S. and I spend the Winter in Mexico you would think I would be robbed in Mexico, but nooo I get robbed in the U.S..

Oddly enough here at Pete’s Camp we have 42 RVs of Chapter 8 of Escapees camped on our beach. Very nice (expensive) RVs all lined up on the beach. As far as RVrs go they are a quiet bunch. I haven’t heard any whooping, hollering or fireworks. Usually when we have guests there is a lot of party noise, but these guys are so quiet I am surprised on my walk to find them still here!

Here are some photos of the Escapees camped on the beach.

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Pete’s Camp

I have been in Mexico since Thanksgiving (US), I have bought a lot at Pete’s Camp San Felipe MX had an RV pad built then had a house built. Many RV’rs over the years have fallen for the charms of this place and built homes here. Most do not spend all year here, they usually spend the winter and leave for the summer- summer is usually extreemly hot and humid. This year we are better off then the folks in the eastern part of the U.S., how weird is that?

Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe

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Today is the Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe a very big day in most of Mexico there are many parades and masses at church the events started last night with fireworks at the church. Today part of the fleet came to our beach for a blessing. The day started out foggy and then turned sunny after the fleet left it began to sprinkle and get cold again.

First night in San Felipe

I went to bed and woke up in the night hearing the waves on the beach and seeing the flash of the lighthouse. The waves were coming ashore just 5 or 6 meters away from the rig. The sky was clear and the lights on the fishing boats were bright ….beautiful !

Adios Mexico I will miss you (sigh)

Coat of arms of Mexico.

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I had planned on visiting Mexico this winter, I have changed my mind. The reason for the abrupt change in plans is that the security situation in Mexico has gone from bad to worse with the incident where 35 bodies were found in three trucks at a shopping mall in Veracruz MX. I have traveled through Veracruz several times and this is so shocking as to be incomprehensible that this kind of thing is going on and what the Mexican people have to endure while the criminals are fighting with each other, and the government with the population who have nothing to do with crime are caught in the middle. I don’t want to be caught in the middle either. I also have no faith in Mexican law enforcement they (to me) are incompetent, corrupt and indifferent to their job. The Mexican laws are convoluted and archaic and the judicial system is corrupt as well.  I love visiting Mexico and enjoy the art, culture and humor of the Mexicans how ever I am staying north of the border until I am reasonably certain that I will be safe in my travels when I cross the border.

I will miss visiting Mexico very much more than I will miss visiting some of the crime ridden places here in the U.S.. I don’t visit large cities here and watch very carefully where I go and when I go in areas of any city. The only advantage I have here is I can usually find out what to avoid easily and I usually speak the language well.

So another dream goes to crap, oh well, there are still a few places for me to visit here in the lower 48 and maybe …. just maybe some north of the border too-maybe I should study french instead of spanish EH?

I am in Tucson

The silhouette of a large saguaro stands at su...

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I arrived in Tucson Sunday and I pulled into my Son and his Wife’s yard in the early evening. Just in time to set up camp and have dinner with them. They are planning on a trip out of town and I said I would mind their pets for them while they were away. I’ve had a few errands to run while here like getting prescriptions filled and making an appointment with a dermatologist for a check up. I may even get a check up with a cardiologist while here. I also have to look into making some plans for later on this year. Still thinking about Mexico and where I would like to live there.

Tonight we are having a thunderstorm and it is a booming and flashing outside the rig right now. My poor dog is frightened by the thunder and is hiding the best she can in the bedroom, poor thing. The news said there was some damage and flooding in Tucson its self tonight hopefully no one was hurt or lost much.

I bought gasoline today near the airport for $3.15 a gallon I haven’t seen that price in a long while.

Oh! It is hot here …. I guess that isn’t news …. as the saying goes “HOT as Hell And Not Nearly As Interesting”. There are things of interest cactus, wildlife, sand, rocks, snakes and did I mention it was HOT!