2/8/2015 – Working on the casita

Just in case you wondered what the heck we’ve been doing since we fell off the road, here’s an update.

As you know, we headed to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, to get settled into our new little trailer/casita.  The day we arrived it was pouring down rain and everything was wet and gritty.  Not fun.  Fortunately, the rain quit the next day and hasn’t shown any indications of returning.  The weather now is pretty much perfect: daytime highs in the mid-70s and nighttime lows in the mid-50s.  Only bugs we’ve experienced so far are a few in the early evening just as the sun is going down.  Little gnats of some kind.  Nothing like the bastards that were eating us alive down south.

We’ve gotten pretty much everything that we didn’t want in the casita torn out, walls all sanded down, and, as of today, the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area are all painted.  All that’s left is the big living room.  Well, that and putting back all the switch plates, outlet covers, ceiling vents, etc. that got removed for painting.  Our landlords, Les and Pat, have been great.  The monday after we arrived, Pat took us around to the water store, the paint store, the dollar store, etc, as well as showing us where a whole bunch of other useful places are.  One thing about Puerto Peñasco is that, other than Sam’s Club and Bodega Aurrera, there just aren’t any big box stores.  I’d kill for a Home Depot right about now.  So, instead, you need someone with local knowledge to show you where to find lumber, light fixtures, paint, and all the other myriad things that go into making a new place your own.  Yesterday, they took us around again.  We visited a couple of Segundas or Bazaars which are basically just second-hand stores or garage sales.  We’re checking out furniture mostly.  There is a lot of furniture for sale at these places.  Les said that this is one of the local businesses.  They drive up to the States and hit garage sales and second-hand stores and then bring the stuff back down here to sell.  This only works if they can sell it for more than they paid for it which isn’t too hard as a lot of this stuff is hard to find anywhere else so there’s a pretty reliable market.  Or so I’m told.

We passed on a couple of second-hand beds and ended up buying a new queen bed at a local mueblería (furniture store).  Last night was the first night we didn’t sleep out in Flipper.  We also got a couple of under-counter lights for in the kitchen.  Until then, the only light in the kitchen was the one in the stove hood.  There was a fluorescent under-counter fixture but no tube and I hadn’t had any luck finding a replacement tube.  But I did find 2 matching fixtures at the segunda.  Now we can see what we’re doing.  Today I returned to the segunda and got a couple of wall-mount reading lights for the bedroom. 

We haven’t done too much cooking since we’ve been here.  Been busy working on the house and then don’t feel much like cooking once us and our tools are cleaned up for the day.  There’s a gringo-owned restaurant/bar a couple blocks away from here.  It’s called the Pink Cadillac and the dining room is all tricked in 50s diner garb.  Although they do have a Mexican menu, their claim to fame seems to be their gringo meals.  We’ve been enjoying some of the gringo food we’ve missed during the last 5 months: chicken fried steak, fish and chips, chicken fried chicken, patty melts, etc.  The first Sunday we were here, or maybe it was the second Sunday, no, I’m pretty sure it was the first.  Anyway, we went down to the malecón and had a late lunch at The Satisfied Frog, another gringo-owned place.  On Sundays they have a fried chicken special: 8 pieces of crispy batter-fried chicken, fries or mashed potatoes and gravy, and a salad for $12USD.   It was like Colonel Sander’s chicken used to be, back in the day.  We ended up bringing leftovers home for lunch the next day.  I think we’re going to go there again today, it being Sunday and all.  Soon, we’ll be chowing on Mexican food and homemade stuff, too, but right now, all this north of the border fare tastes pretty darn good for a change of pace.  Guess that’s one of the bennies of living so close to the border.

Been riding my bike a lot.  Lulu’s doing the bulk of the work on the house.  I do some rewiring, some surface preparation, and most of the demolition but she does all of the painting as well as a big share of the prep work.  I’ve designated myself the go-fer.  And the best way to go, not having a vehicle other than Flipper, is to ride a bike.  The town is mostly flat although we live on a little rise so I get to finish every ride a bit out of breath.  Pretty easy town to ride a bike in.  Lots of wide dirt/sand back streets with very little traffic.  Going out to Sam’s Club there’s even a really nice bike lane.  I’m looking forward to getting a little pickup to tool around in and haul things home but I hope I keep riding my bike, too.

Sorry, no photos until the place is a little further along.

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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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3 Responses to 2/8/2015 – Working on the casita

  1. Joan Yoder says:

    Looking forward to some pictures. How far are you from the border and what town in the US are you close to when you say border? Love, Mom

    • sryoder says:

      We’re about 60 miles from the border. The border town on the US side is Lukeville, AZ. Not much of a town, really. The next town of any size would be Ajo, AZ (population ~3700), about 40 miles beyond Lukeville. If we need a Home Depot or such, we’re looking at either Phoenix or Tucson, each about a 3 hour drive from here.

  2. sailmama says:

    I had a long reply written but as has happened in the past, it fails to save it while logging in and learning that the “website is no longer available”!!!

    So I will email you after my temper fit subsides. More pics now, please – I agree with your Momma.

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