10/4/2013 – Mañana

We’ve been cooling our jets in the lap of luxury since yesterday.  Sort of a last hurrah before we leave the States.  We spent Wednesday night visiting with another Willow Glen High School graduate, Adele, at her beach home in San Clemente.  Had a very nice time and Adele and her quasi-son, Hector, treated us well and fed us great.  Thursday morning we hit the road for San Diego.

We could have easily made it to Mexico on Thursday but I wanted another day or so to make sure we had everything we needed from familiar stores as well as to ensure that we had all of our going-into-Mexico paperwork ready and copied.  While we were still at Adele’s I started going through my RV guide to see what was available in the way of RV parks in the greater San Diego area.  We’d already decided to bite the bullet and pay the cost since we wanted all the hook-ups during our stay.  As I looked through the guide and then went to the websites of the various parks, I was glad that it was now October as most of the prices had dropped.  They were still high but not as high.  But then I noticed something a little disconcerting.  One of the parks said that all RVs were subject to an exterior inspection.  Rigs with owner-made modifications (my solar panels?) or visible rust (?) were not welcome.  Well excuuuuuuuuuuuse me!  Wouldn’t want to stay at your stupid park anyway.  Then, upon further investigation, I found that there was this company, Sunland RV Resorts, that owns a whole bunch of the RV parks around here and they all have the same rules.  Well screw them.  Our money spend just as well at the Chula Vista RV Resort and they didn’t seem to be overly concerned if we had a couple of rust spots as long as we could pay the bill.  It’s been a really nice place to stay as the site is dead-level so we can come and go without having to use our leveling blocks.  It’s pretty near to West Marine, Walmart, Office Depot, Goodwill, all the places a guy might need for last minute purchases.  And, it’s adjacent to a marina.  That plus the miles of well-groomed walkways made for a very pleasant walk yesterday afternoon.

Mañana we’ll get up at the crack of mid-morning, have breakfast and hit the road.  Shouldn’t take very long to reach the border.  How long it takes to get through is an unknown.  Wish us luck.  We’re following recommendations from the Traveler’s Guide to Camping Mexico’s Baja by Mike and Terri Church.  Looks like we’ll try to make it down to a campground a little south of Ensenada tomorrow.  Should make for a very easy drive.  The campground we’re aiming for has electricity, water, and a sewage dump as well as hot showers, toilets and wifi, assuming everything is working.  So, we won’t be suffering.  We probably won’t be staying at any more RV resorts like the one we’re in now but that’s OK with us.

So, if the wifi at Centro Recretivo Mi Refugio is working tomorrow night, I’ll let you know how the trip went.  Otherwise, you’ll just have to wait until we do find working wifi.


Rant of the day: Apple’s Genius Bar

Noticed on the bottom of my 4-year-old MacBook that 3 of the machine screws that hold the bottom on to the rest of the machine were missing.  Managed to find one in the computer bag but the others are awol.  They’re so tiny it’s unlikely we’ll ever find them.  Hey, maybe there’s an Apple store in Chula Vista!  Checked on-line and sure enough there was. Called them to see if they had any of the screws in stock.  They said I’d have to go online and make an appointment with their “Geniuses” and then bring the computer into the store so they could install them.  Couldn’t I just buy some screws and put them in myself?  I was informed that they “don’t just have screws lying around the store”.  Huh?  Then what will the Geniuses use?  Bottom line:  I could not be helped in a timely manner.  The store is a good 10 miles from here and doesn’t open until 10:00 tomorrow morning.  I’d like to be close to the border by then.  And, I could easily go in at my appointed time only to find out that they didn’t have the right screws and would have to order them.  SCREW THAT!  I went on-line, ordered 2 sets of screws (we have 2 computers) and had them shipped to Cody’s.  This MacBook will hold together until we go back to Oregon for Christmas, especially as now I know to check the screws occasionally.  Sure hope I can figure out how to screw them in since I’m not a Genius.  Let’s see, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.  Yeah, I think I can remember that.  Maybe I am a Genius after all.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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