Saturday, November 10, 2018

Having More Fun on the Beach in San Carlos, Mexico

Lunch at Hammerheads bar and cafe yesterday at the harbor.

The other day I posted this picture of Tetakawi Mountain

Here it is from the other side.  And we went to that beach

And this is the water.  A bit gravely but the water was nice.

Two boats and 16 pelicans, looking towards Baja California, too far away to see.
How often do you get a chance to be at flight level with pelicans?

Today back to Palapas for lunch and some Dolphin watching.

It's really hard to get a picture of a dolphin, but I gave it a try.

There were several dolphins just cruising up and down the beach and in the background you see that white on the water?  There was a group of them out there feeding.

See you later.  Don't forget, all pictures are taken with my iPhone 7plus.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Went to the Beach

Went to the beach today.  OMG the water is so beautiful.

There were 6 of us there, you can see the 4 others in this picture.
Looking back towards town with it's forked mountain.

Also walked around an old abandoned building.

Looking towards town

Looking away from town to a fresh water lagoon

Also went back to Rosa's, the lady doing my visa paperwork and signed many forms, now we wait while she sends them off to Mexico City and they send something back to her.  Three weeks or so.

Here's some local wildlife.

So long for now.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Big Reveal

No, not a gender reveal but the reveal of my future plans.  I'M IN MEXICO.

Early Sunday morning waiting for the Nogales Arizona border crossing 
to open at 6am.  That's my friend, Betty, in front of me.

Betty has been driving down to San Carlos, Mexico for the last three years and renting an rv parking spot from a friend who owns a home with two covered RV spots in her yard.  So Betty is in one and I"m in the other.  

Map of Sundays drive.  You can see that San Carlos is on the Sea of Cortez.

The kitties like their new patio, where they can bird watch.

Getting our paper work done at kilometer 21 didn't take us long and we were soon back on the road heading south.  The countryside is beautiful.  We passed miles of vineyards and other miles of Organ Pipe cactus, some of which were huge.  Sorry no pictures.

Entrance to San Carlos harbor, not my picture.

I spent the last two months getting ready for this big move, it's big because I don't know when I'll go back to the states.  I've entered the country with a Residente Temporal visa, (temporary resident) which is valid for a year at which time I can go to any local immigration office and renew it for more time. My plan is to stay here in San Carlos for 3 months, until the end of January, then wander down to the Lake Chapala area where I'm thinking of looking for a small house to rent.  The kittens and I are missing having our own yard with flowers and trees.  But for the next three months I get to eat fresh fish and drink Margaritas on the beach what could be more fun.  

Betty took me around town today, monday, and showed me the highlights such as the Banco (bank), with the ATM, the grocery store, gas station and most important the restaurant on the beach where we sat for 3 hours eating and making new friends, well old friends of Betty's.  One of the ladies at lunch told me who to hire to do the paperwork for my visa and Honda permit, called a TIP, Temporary Import Permit, I already got the permit for the RV on line and it's valid for 10 years. So after lunch we went by Rosa's office and she's on it already.

Here are some pictures I took today.

Tetakawi mountain

Very small island right off shore

Lime-aid on the beach

Looking back at the friends I had lunch with.

I've been talking about going to Mexico for about the last 10 years but mom didn't want to go, she would say, "honey, you can go after I'm gone".  It took me about 3 months to remember my Mexico idea and since then I've been researching where to go and how to pull it all together.  That's when I remembered Betty and her yearly trips to San Carlos. That was it, texted her and asked if I could follow her down and here I am.  And of course I have some other friends arriving here in December.  They're boondocking friends who I haven't seen since last winter.  It will be fun to see my Canadian friends here in Mexico.

More later.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Catching Up

Since leaving Colorado I spent 4 nights at Abiquiu Lake where these yellow sunflowers were blooming all over the place.  From there I moved down to Cochiti Lake where I ran into some friends who were parked there with their rv's.  Roxanne, of The Good Luck Duck blog invited me over for dinner, bbq ribs, yum.  Friend Donna was also there so the three of us had a nice visit over ribs and pasta salad.

It was while I was at Cochiti that I discovered that the rv repair shop in Colorado didn't fix my air conditioner, this camping site was the first time I've been plugged into electricity and the first time I was able to turn the air conditioner on.  So called the shop in El Cajon where I already have an appointment and we added more time for them to take a look and get it fixed, I hope right this time.

Leaving Cochiti I made my way to Yuma where it is still to hot.  I had planned to stay there for 4 nights, I paid for 2 nights, stayed for one, when I checked into the rv park.  The picture below was taken a 7:30 the first night when I made a food run to the store.  As you can see the Honda now has 60,000 miles on her and it was 101ยบ.  Ugg  The next morning I was at my storage unit by 7am, left there at 8 and went to Diesel Automotive for a visit.  They are my 'go to' mechanics for both the rv and the Honda.  My vehicles aren't diesel but that doesn't matter as they'll work on anything. 

By the time I got back to the rv it was only 10:00 and very hot.  I decided to leave and go to Alpine, CA in San Diego county, only 3 hours west, where it much cooler.  So by 10:30 I was on the road heading west.  

I knew it would be a strain on the rv to drive during the heat of the day because there's quite a mountain to climb-up out of the Imperial valley into San Diego County.  You go from below sea level to 4,00 feet in 29 miles.  Along the road are watering stations for your car and pull outs for letting engines cool down and advisory signs telling you to turn off your air conditioners to cut down on the load on your engine.  I had my eye on the temperature gage the whole way up the hill and the rv did fine.  

Until I was parked in my rv site and I noticed fluid dripping from under the engine area.  Ugg.  Ugg because my trusted mobile mechanic, Danny from Johnson Services, Mobile Mechanic, had broken his arm in early Sept. and I didn't know if he was back at work yet.  So monday morning I called him and no he's not really back working but good news is his brother is helping him out and they could be up looking at the rv in 3 hours.  They came and diagnosed the problem.  I had radiator failure.

In this picture of the old radiator, we are seeing the top, which looks like the bottom where the failure occurred.  See the lighter colored strip of aluminum, with the clip fingers holding the top to the fin area.  On the bottom those fingers stretched open allowing a separation and the antifreeze to leak out.  It could have been way worse, if had been oil from my oil pan gasket it would have meant having the engine pulled out to fix that, so I was very lucky.  Also very lucky that there wasn't complete failure while I was on the road,  I was safely tucked into an rv site before this got to bad. The good news is that I now have a brand new radiator and all new hoses as well and new thermostat and we threw in a fuel filter as well and heater hosed too.

Danny, still guarding his arm a bit.

So I'm all set to go.  I'll be in the San Diego area for about a month, house sitting for my daughter and taking care of some more business of mom's estate.  Then it's back to Yuma for a few days, where I sure hope it will be cooler.  

That's all for now.  

In my next posting I'll reveal my big next step and future plans.

Easy Rider, seen in a parking lot in California.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Some Flower and Cactus From Around our Boondocking Site in Colorado

With the rains came some fall flowers.

This cactus is small.

This is what we looked at from our camping site. You can see
up on the mountain that some of the Aspen trees are starting to turn yellow.
These are the Chalk Cliffs.  This is what Wikipedia says about Chalk Creek:
"The creek is named after the magnificent white kaolinite cliffs that stand at the entrance to the Chalk Creek valley, and are a result of hot spring deposits. These white cliffs are visible for miles in all directions, and stand in stark contrast to the otherwise wooded surrounding mountains. Stands of aspen trees and evergreens of various species surround the river for its entire length".

These next two pictures are what Bette and I came home to
 yesterday afternoon after shopping.

And this morning there was a dusting of snow
on the mountains above us.

Time to head south, back to New Mexico.

A bit warmer down here.

From tonight's campsite, I'm looking at Pedernal, 
the mountain  where Georgia O'Keeffe's ashes are scattered.

Tonight's sunset.