Sunday, January 16, 2011

Southbound and Down

Nancy and I are anxiously awaiting the beginning of our Mexican excursion which begins about a month from now. We visited Peurto Vallarta last winter; we traded the Leran house for a condo overlooking the Bay of Banderas. We flew down for two weeks, and it only whetted our appetites to see more of Mexico. This winter we'll be driving down from Colorado spending about six weeks south of the border. Our first port of call will be Todos Santos, pictured above. Todos Santos is close to the southern end of the Baja Peninsula, on the Pacific side sort of half way between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Todos Santo is called an artist's community, whatever that means. Reports claim that there are two paved streets and a single stop light that works occasionally. We'll see. One thing's for sure, it looks like there are miles and miles of beaches.

We'll take the ferry from Los Mochis to La Paz and back to the mainland two weeks later. It will be our first time on the Baja Peninsula (except for a brief excursion across the border to Ensenada more that 25 years ago). We have some hopes that we can do some whale watching because it will be calving season and an excellent time to see the cows and calves.

We'll travel from Los Mochis to Mazatlan, over the Sierra Madre to Durango, then to Aguascalientes, Zacatecas and then San Miguel de Allende, taking about three days to make the rather leisurely drive. At San Miguel, we have another house trade lined up for another two weeks.

San Miguel is a colonial town that has become somewhat of an international community with many ex-pats from up north and Europe as well. It has been called one of the most pleasant and beautiful cities in Mexico. So stay tuned.....we'll be reporting in as we have time and Internet access.


Anonymous said...

Please do be careful while in Mexico...I don't want to see your faces on the evening news!

That beach picture was incredibly beautiful! Have fun! I look forward to hearing about your adventures. Luke

Anonymous said...

I had to get out my old Rand McNally International World Atlas that we received as a wedding gift in 1962 to check your Mexican trip. It looks very intriguing. What will you be driving? Judy

North of Andorra said...

We'll be driving our Toyota Rav4, geared up with a little rocket box on top. The back seats fold down, so if we did have to sleep in the car we uncomfortably could. We also have to take Fergus' airline kennel for the ferry ride to Baja. The last time Doug & I drove into Mexico (1978) we ran out of gas somewhere along the highway. I stayed with the truck and he hitched into the next town---I thought that would be the last time I was ever going to see him again. Maybe an hour later, he drags up with an old rusty gas can. I trust we are a little smarter this time???

Bill said...

We'll loan you our Uzi. (They don't check goin' south.)