15*C this morning and it went up to 21* in the afternoon!
We went to check on our mail but no luck yet. We had tacos on the Malecon, got a few grocery items then came home and we both had a nap. The propane truck came in so I filled our tank and took on 71 liters for 501 pesos; the unit cost is 7.06 pesos. HH at Frank’s then dinner and we read and watched the tube in the evening.
18* C @ 7 am, overcast and no wind; 20*C in the afternoon.
We were both up by 7 am and on the road to the laundry mat and market by 8! While the laundry was going, we drove to the outside market across the highway and got some fresh vegetables. We came back to the Laundromat and after drying the clothes, we went for breakfast at Road Runner restaurant then came home and put away the clothes. While we were gone, Charlotte went out in the Bay with Val’s kayak. Val decided to ask some of the girls whom had shown an interest if they wanted to go out and Linda took the offer and went out with Val. They paddled all the way to the Malecon and back then Charlotte took another turn at it. I began putting things away; I put the bike rack back on and loaded the bikes, out away the metal table and the hammock and got the lockers ready to receive the rest of the stuff tomorrow. I also made arrangements with Bob and Sue to pick up our mail when it gets here and bring with them to Cabo when they come down later next month.
I washed the kayaks when the girls got back then it was HH. For dinner, Val cooked chicken with a sauce and beans with a salad. It was good. Watched the tube for a while then to bed by 9:30
14*C at 7 am and sunny; It only got up to 19*C with strong winds!
After the morning routine, I began washing and putting away the rest of our stuff. The wind picked up again; getting tired of it!!! Anyway, by noon, everything was loaded except two chairs so we are pretty well ready to go! We sat around for a while then at 4:30 pm, nine of us left for “PARROT’s CRACKER”, a local pub just outside town where Mark Mulligan was playing and a dinner was offered. Mulligan is a musician whom we have seen play in San Carlos quite a bit so it was nice seeing him again. A good time was had by all and everyone got a dance in. Dinner was OK and the drinks were great. The whole evening cost us less than $50 including tip. We came home and had a nightcap with the gang. Everyone expressed their feelings about being sad to see us go and so are we! It was a great way to end the day!
61* at 7 am, no wind; 20*C in pm
We were both up by 7 am. While Val did her toiletries, I put away the rest of the stuff, dumped and put away the water hook-ups and the sewer hoses. At 9 am, we went to the Vet and got Tucker his booster and bought an extra bottle. That cost us 1100 pesos including what we owed from our previous visit. We then went to YETMAIL and made arrangements for Bob and Sue to pick up our mail as it is still not in. We came back to the Park, hooked up the Jeep then said goodbye to everyone. We were on the road by 10 am!
We stopped for fuel ($136.US) outside the town then continued on. Approx. 25 miles further, we once again had to stop for the Military checkpoint then turned left on Hwy 3 to Ensenada. We slowly climbed to just over 2000 feet and the road was recently re-paved. We then drove through a beautiful fertile valley and were surrounded by farms. Then the road became rough in some spots and it was like that all the way in. We stopped in Agua Blanca for lunch on a road side stop. In Oro Negro, there was another Military check and as I drove in between the red cones, I hit one. Well, this guy got all uptight about it, came in and observed an empty bottle of beer on the seat and began to make all kinds of threat about calling the police and went on about the damaged cone (an old small cut at the base). Finally he came out with it and asked for money. At first he wanted $50 US so I said no way then he wanted 1000 pesos and again I said no. I opened my wallet and offered him what I had, 160 pesos. He looked at me then in disgust, he said to go away so that’s what we did (he didn’t take any of the money in the end). That was a first for me in all our travels in Mexico; lesson learned! From here we began climbing again and the road became very tortuous and narrow going through the mountains. The scene was that a different planet. Rocks and boulders everywhere and very little vegetations, if any. We had 50 km of this and finally got our first view of the Pacific and Ensenada. The traffic became very heavy and lots of stop signs, some hidden by tree branches. We drove by Super Walmart, Costco and Soriana then turned right on a side street to our final destination today.FINALLY, at 3:15 pm, we arrived at our campo, Estero Hotel & RV Park; we paid $160 US for four nights and are now parked and set-up with a view of the Pacific and a beautiful Estuary. We sat out with a glass of wine and admired the sunset and the view until it became too cold. Dinner then some TV.
We drove 164 miles (262 Km) in 4 hrs and 10 minutes at an average 62 KPHN 031* 46.547’
W 116* 36.662
Alt: 3 feet
4*C at 7 am, NO WIND; a high of 20*C.
Tucker and I went for a short walk along the sea wall. Lots of birds in the Bay, eating and chirping away. There is a beautiful pool nearby, a laundry room and showers with cold water only. We drove to Costco where we bought some groceries then across the street to Wal-Mart to pick up slippers for Val but we had no luck. We also got more groceries that were not available at Costco. We drove back and stopped at this little place that was advertising the best tacos so we had a couple with coca cola. They were good! We finally came home and put everything away. I went to the office and downloaded our e-mails then we went for a walk on the Malecon all the way around. It is very nice and the houses and hotel are very classy! We came home, had a glass a wine and watched the last sunset of 2013. Dinner was a BBQ chicken we bought at Costco with potatoes and St-Hubert BBQ sauce...YUM! YUM!
Well, another year has gone by! We’ve had a good one and we feel very blessed for the life style we lead, all the places we’ve seen and the wonderful people that have entered and enriched our lives. Soon, it will be a new year and new adventures and we look forward to it all. Lots of fireworks out there on the beach!