Our Growing Girl

The Gopher Tortoise is 6 months old. She’s grown so much (literally – I think i need a trampoline to get in now) – lets get a run down on all the stuff we’ve done: So last update was we bought a truck and made some plans… well those plans are almost complete – so much…

I <3 (heart) Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a place worth exploring. I had never heard of it before a few fellow overlanders traveled there after we met up in Puerto Vallarta. Song of the Road and Desk to Glory both spent some time here… more time than we did… and we are still a little jealous of this fact. SO……

Always Take the Long Way

After Hopkins, we had some decisions to make, namely, which way should we go home? Our original plan (the one before we spent all of our money…) was to hit everything we missed in Mexico on the way back, then go up the California coast to Washington, then, maybe, catch a ferry to Alaska and…

Hopkins: Belize’s Best Kept Secret

Hopkins is that smaller dot just below Dangriga. When you go to Hopkins, you might have someone ask you if you liked your stay. Most responses would be a resounding “Yes!” This person would then say, “Good. Now don’t tell anyone, or you’ll ruin it.” So, I’m breaking all the rules here and telling you…

Belizian Rum is One Hell of a Drink

I hope someone out there gets this Rick James/Dave Chappell reference. Anyway… enough about how I can’t tell a joke…. After our not-so-stellar border crossing into Belize, we were officially starving and needed a beer (or six). We headed to Corozal, to make the trip towards Sarteneja. From what we read, you can cross by…

Mexico/Belize Border Crossing

The Mexico border crossing didn’t warrant an entire separate blog post, simply because it was pretty easy and, aside from our troubles finding the Banjercito, we had no issues. Belize was a whole different story. First our troubles started with the banks. It was a Monday when we planned to cross, and that was because…

The 7 P’s

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performace. – Also, prevents sleeping at a Pemex – so maybe there are 8 p’s Thanks Sandy for that little acronym. Too bad we didn’t really think we needed to plan, at least not any further than the city or town we planned to stop. So far, aside from…

How (not) to get to Oaxaca….

After 2 nights at the Acapulco Trailer Park in Pie de la Cuesta (FYI a decent place to stop with nice beaches but nothing special – nothing nearby except a few hotels/restaurants. We paid $M200/night) we headed south again, planning to hit Puerto Escondido. That was a LONG drive… and we never did make it…

Surfin Safari

 Surfers at Playa Lanchas (not us) First, let me apologize for the cliffhanger on the last blog. Apparently Mike believes I made it sound more exciting than it was. OK, maybe I did, but you have to build a following somehow! Now time for the story… So we were at Barchelata Beer Bar… a whopping…

A break from the road.

As we drew closer to Puerto Vallarta the familiar jungle sights and smells boosted our excitement of finally reaching the first extended stop on our adventure. We visited Puerto Vallarta 8 years ago and stayed just north, in a small town called Bucerias. It was dusty, slightly rundown , and completely void of almost all…

San Carlos and South: The road from Bahia de Kino to Puerto Vallarta

San Carlos was mentioned in our Lonely Planet book and described as a beautiful beach town with a marina. Beaches? Yes. Beautiful? Yes. Marina? Yep, they got that. The town?….. I think we missed it. We did drive through and around the bay past the marina, up to the lookout. The views were spectacular. The…

Bahia de Kino: The New, The Old, The Awesome. (Part I)

There’s a lot to this one, so let’s start at the beginning: The New. After having a hot shower, we packed up and left El Desemboque. We only had about a half a tank of gas, and the 5 gallon jerry can to get us to our next destination, so we had to head back…