5/2/2014 – Back in the USA again

We left the RV park in Magdalena Kino around 8:30 this morning.  We were the last to leave, all the Euro-overlanders left well ahead of us.  Well, one couple in a Toyota Landcruiser (diesel 4X4, nice) with a camper on the back, left maybe 1/2 hour before we did.  But what was funny was that, when we got to the US border at Nogales, MX, there they all were.  The Landcruiser was only 4 car lengths ahead of us.  I sure hope they stopped for breakfast or something because, if not, they were in that line a long time doing nothing but seemingly waiting for us to catch up.

Going through US Customs, we got searched as most RVs do.  Of course, the fact that we had some mango onboard, even though it was sliced and didn’t have its seed anymore, was one of the reasons.  Can’t bring mangos into the US (or raw potatoes either for some reason).  But we got a nice agent who let us just eat the mango instead of throwing it away.  Even let us leave before we’d finished but laughingly warned us not to still be eating it when we reached the next checkpoint.  All the Euro guys got searched and were still there being hassled when we left.  Welcome to the Land Of The Free, guys.

Even though we generally like staying somewhere a little funkier than a KOA, we opted for the KOA in Tucson.  Lulu’s headed to the airport tomorrow and wanted a good shower and they have ’em.  They also have something we’ve never seen at an RV park before: a motel-style ice machine!  Drinks on the rocks tonight.  Oh and one other thing:  they have an associated bar and grill and Happy Hour starts in 12 minutes.  I’m betting the place is air-conditioned and, since it’s 96 degrees inside the camper right now, I guess you know where to find us.


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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7 Responses to 5/2/2014 – Back in the USA again

  1. Welcome back to stateside. It must be getting H.O.T. down there. What is your schedule for the coming months? Are you flying solo Steve? We hope you’re still planning on making a visit up our way come August. We miss you!

    – Katie and Mark

    • sryoder says:

      It’s definitely getting HOT. However, at night it’s still dropping down into the 60s so it’s easy to sleep. I’ll be flying solo for about a month. I should have all my boat chores done and Siempre Sabado safely stored away by the end of May. Then I’ll jump in Flipper and start a slow trip back up to Oregon, scouting out places to see with Lulu when we come back south next fall. Should be back in Oregon by mid-June, I’d think.

      Yes, we’re still planning a Washington excursion in August sometime. Working on pinning down some dates right now. What with all the animals, I assume you guys will pretty much be around the ol’ homestead most of the time. But, if you plan to be away in August, drop us a line and we’ll see how it all works into the schedule. Oh, wait, we don’t need no steenkeeng schedules. Well, let us know what things look like in August anyway.

      We miss you too. There’s a boat in San Carlos, “Salty”, and whenever we hear someone hail him on the radio, we at first think they’re calling “Selkie”. But, alas, they’re not. Looking forward to seeing you and your new digs and new family.

  2. Sandy Holeman says:

    Stoder! You can’t drink beer with ice in it!!!!!!!

  3. Scott Wedge says:

    I’ll be right over. Oh, you said Tuscon. As in Arizona? Never mind….

    It hit 80 here in Santa Cruz this afternoon. Wed it was 90. Does that entitle us to some ice cubes and A/C?


  4. sryoder says:

    It just got better. We just got back from Happy Hour where we enjoyed 2 X 1 beers and had dinner as well. And, what do you suppose was playing on the big screen behind the bar? Soccer? No. Football? No. Basketball? Baseball? Wrestling? No. No. No. No, it was back-to-back episodes of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. Half price beer, air-conditioning and lots and lots of food porn. What could be better?

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