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).
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow: Maneadero to El Rosario.