10/5/2013 – Baja: hubcap eater

I am totally mellowed out at the moment.  I’m sitting in my camp chair in the shade of the  Dolphin, looking out at an estuary that has just about reached low tide (I think).

El estero

El estero

We’re a few miles south of Ensenada (near Maneadero) at a sweet little RV camp.  In the guide we’re using they warn off rigs longer than 30′ (we’re 20′ overall) because the sites are smallish, the area available for turning around is limited and the driveway is steep.  Well, I can certainly vouch for the “driveway is steep” part.  We followed the guide and Dora (the Explora, our GPS) to get here.  Must say, we questioned both resources a couple of times.  The road out here from Highway 1 is under construction and, consequently, seemed about 5 times as long as it actually was.  That, combined with the fact that Dora kept losing her signal, made us question whether or not we were on the right road.  But we pushed on.  And then, just about where Dora said it should be, we saw the sign for Centro Recretivo Mi Refugio, our destination.

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We pulled off the road and looked down the driveway. Yeah, I’ll say it’s steep.  While we were sitting there trying to decide if we should try another place further down the road,  the owner came out and welcomed us and assured us that the driveway was no problem.  He was so nice and so gracious we couldn’t not stay here.  So, down the driveway we went, slowly, and then we backed into a spot overlooking the estuary.  The spot is dead-level and has 15 amp electrical service, water, sewer and wifi.  Who could ask for more?  OK, granted, the water is a little funky looking but it’ll work fine for flushing the toilet and we can use our tank water for everything else.  The afternoon has been warm but there’s a really nice breeze cooling things down.  Cost for our stay tonight is $200 (pesos), or about $16 USD.  Much better than we were getting used to paying in the US.  Also, “checking in” consisted of the owner helping us get parked and then explaining where the showers and such were.  We handed him a $200 peso bill and that was it.  No forms to fill out, no deposits, no terms and conditions to agree to, nada.  The owner returned a few minutes later with a piece of paper with the wifi code written on it.  That was it.  We’re both feeling very relaxed and very glad to be back in Mexico.

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But what does that have to do with eating hubcaps?  Well, let me tell you.  We lost our right-front hubcap while we were still in Stockton.  After we left Les Schwab with our new tires and shocks I noticed that the hubcap was missing.  I gave the Schwabbies a call to see if they’d seen it lying around but they hadn’t.  However, they said to stop by and they’d find us a hubcap to fit.  We neglected to stop by on our way out of town but it turns out it didn’t really matter.  When we got finished at the Aduana (Mexican Customs) today, I noticed that the hubcap on our spare tie was gone.  No telling when that might have happened.  On arriving at our stop today, I noticed that the right-rear hubcap was now gone.  No surprise after the roads we drove on getting out here.  I was actually surprised that both the port-side hubcaps are still on.  It’s only a matter of time until they disappear.  Good riddance.  Who needs hubcaps anyway?

The drive through Tijuana and then down to Ensenada was pretty uneventful.  Dora and our guidebook kept us pretty much on the straight and narrow.  We tended to be the slowest rig on the road (kind of tried to be, actually) but we didn’t seem to be holding anyone up as the roads were all multi-lane.  We drove the toll road, Hwy 1D as it was very scenic, easy to find, and a really nice road.  The tolls were a bit steep.  We paid 3 tolls of $4.85 USD each before we had completed the 70 mile stretch.  We could have used non-toll roads so it was completely our choice.  Knowing that we didn’t contribute one single dollar to build these roads made the tolls a little easier to swallow.  Besides, like I said, we could have avoided them easily enough if we’d wanted to.

All in all, it’s really nice to be back in Mexico.  We’re both feeling very relaxed.  Lulu’s cooking up some tuna casserole for dinner right now, the sun has gone behind the hill so it’s cooling down nicely and all’s well with the world.

The owner of the RV park says he always wanted to live in a castle so, poco a poco, he built himself one.

The owner of the RV park says he always wanted to live in a castle so, poco a poco, he built himself one.

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Tomorrow: Maneadero to El Rosario.

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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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4 Responses to 10/5/2013 – Baja: hubcap eater

  1. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    Good, I am happy that all went well getting over the border. Your campsite looks wonderful. Have a good trip. Love, Mom

  2. What? No more rants? And I had just started enjoying them. Now all we can do is kick back and enjoy the (your) ride. Cheers.
    (“gotta get my butt to Mexico one day” I mutter to myself reading your blog… Alot!)

    • sryoder says:

      Oh, not to worry. I’m sure I still have a couple of rants hidden inside me somewhere. It’s just that I’m feeling mellow right now, what with being back in Mexico and all.

  3. Allan Foster says:

    Steve and Lulu – glad to see you are back in MX. Thanks for the update on the border crossing as we will have a bunch of stuff when we cross also. We fly out of cold rainy bellingham this Weds. to Oakland where we left our PU with s/v Kanga (actually in Livermore) for the summer. Then a few days visiting with the youngest child, collecting our re-galvanized anchor chain from Pacific Galvanizing and our rebuilt Spectre pumps and we’ll start the treck south. Probably a night or two in Chula Vista before we hit the border for last minute shopping (distilled water at Wallmart etc and some pesos at the Costco currency exchange Kiosk). Looks like you have a nice rig for travel in MX. We’ve stayed too long in the NW and are freezing right now but soon that will be behind us. Need to head south earlier next year. We’ve got alot to do on the boat when we get to La Paz. Its hauled out and we have a daughter flying in from France for a two week visit Nov. 1. Hope we have the boat in the water by then. We told her mid Nov was better but our kids rarely listen to us any more. Al and Sharon, s/v Solana

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