2/11/2015 – A work in progress

After a little over a week, Lulu’s finally able to relax.  We’ve (mostly Lulu) gotten the casita to the point of a blank canvas.  The photos will show where we’re at and what’s left to do.  The previous owner removed all the upper cupboard doors as well as some of the lowers.  So, while in Silverton this summer (where the table saw is) I’m going to build natural finished pine doors for every cabinet in the place.  Until then we’ll live with what we have, which is not particularly difficult to do.  I also need to do lots of shelves inside the pantry and the bedroom closet to take better advantage of the space available.  Lulu’s going to be making curtains.  We’ll also start shopping the segundas for some living room furniture and the local discount stores for a TV.  The camp chairs are OK for now but we need a real couch with a real coffee table to put our feet up on.

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We figured out how to make the vent fan in the bathroom work and also found out that the original trailer’s A/C unit still works.  That means we have a total of 4 air conditioners.  Should make summer a bit more tolerable.  Hope we never have to use all four.

So far,we have been living entirely in the trailer portion of the place since we don’t have any furniture in the living room and Lulu was busy cleaning and painting it.  And you know what?  We could easily live in just the space of the trailer.  The living room will be nice for spreading out but we totally don’t need it.  The trailer is really very well set-up.  The shower/tub is my favorite one ever.  Here’re the square footage specs on the place:

Total: 629 square feet

Trailer, with the slide outs deployed: 350 square feet

As long as we had some sort of storage shed, I have no doubt we could be quite comfortable in 350-400 square feet of living space.  We even have a washer and dryer.  I’m telling ya, we’re living in the lap of luxury.  I think everyone should spend a few years living in a small boat or RV, and, if possible, do at least some of it off-grid.  And by “small” I mean 30′ in length or less.  Makes one very appreciative of life back on the grid with even a little bit of room to move around in.

Well, time to go out and explore Puerto Peñasco some more.  Saw a carnitas stand yesterday that needs to be checked out a little more closely.


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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23 Responses to 2/11/2015 – A work in progress

  1. jamesdane says:

    Really nice job by both the worker and the boss. It takes a team to accomplish so much in such a short time. In 6 month rather than 6 days the place is going to be an oasis in the desert.

  2. The casita looks amazing guys! I don’t remember hearing about this little second (or third) home? Is it a new addition to the RV and boat? Regardless, it looks like you two are making it home and we’re excited that you have a home base to further explore those taco stands from! 🙂 Love and miss you!!

    Katie, Mark and Wylie (and the rest of the feathered and furred critters up here!)

    • sryoder says:

      You must not have been paying attention. Am I going to have to start giving pop quizzes to ensure that everyone keeps up to date? Let’s see, I guess this is our 3rd home: the boat, the RV, and the casita. Tried out a carnitas stand for lunch today. Muy sobroso.

  3. raoul says:

    Ya right… me living in a 30′ boat…. ha…

  4. vraymond108 says:

    It looks lovely from the photos you posted. Just perfect for Mexico and the retired life.

  5. vickiel@q.com says:

    probably should let you know that Hector and I have been plotting a visit to puerto Penasco for Maybe next February. Air B and B has a lot of rentals there one for $25.00 a night. Fly to Arizona and drive? Vickie

    • sryoder says:

      C’mon down! By February we’ll know every good place to eat in the whole town. Best bet is to fly to Phoenix and drive from there, assuming the rental car guys are OK with that. I assume they are since it seems like a pretty normal thing to do. Phoenix is 217 miles away, Tucson is 208 miles. You can actually fly directly into Mar de Cortes International Airport right here in Peñasco although I have no idea what it costs. But, not needing a rental car might be enough to make the difference. Easy town to get around in either walking or by bicycle, and, of course, you’ll know some folks with a rig that live here.

  6. cody says:

    This looks like such a cool little place! I can’t wait to see in person =)

  7. Shelly says:

    Nice, Lulu really brightened the place up. Glad it suits you so well.

  8. Peg Schmidt says:

    Hello! I am new to your blog…but not to Rocky Point! You are pretty close to one of our favorite pizza joints…check out Al Capone’s!

    • sryoder says:

      We haven’t been to Al Capone’s yet but we do really like The Caribbean Parrot just down the street. We’ll check out Al’s if you’ll check out the Parrot.

      • Peg Schmidt says:

        We have been going to RP for about 12 years now and normally stay at The Reef RV Park…so we normally frequent places near there (Wrecked at the Reef, JJ’s and Banditos) but looks like we need to check out the Parrot =}

      • sryoder says:

        So far all we’ve done is stop in for a cerveza or two. But the specials sound pretty intriguing and we’ll definitely have to try them out. Also, the decor is blatantly Margaritaville-esque. Just what a guy needs to fulfill his tropical beach bar fantasy. Lots of seating and a nicely elevated stage. Going to go see Mark Mulligan there on the 20th.

  9. MarjFries says:

    me gusta su casita nueva

  10. Kit Holder says:

    Hey guys it looks great! Here is an idea for some pallet furniture that you could make too. We just saw them in Mexico and I want to whip up some for fun, maybe you should try also! Enclosed is a few photo’s Stephen. Keep up the good work !

  11. Don Strong says:

    Wow. My painter, who is doing our interior now (we have previousl done our painting but age has got to joints, etc) says that your painting skills are very high. He also says that you are a great photographer. Regards, Don

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