November 2008 -
Crossing the border into Mexico at Lukeville was a piece of cake. We showed the
Canadian couple Beth and Wayne the ropes, it was their first time RV-ing
in Mexico. In four days we drove south to camping La Penita (one hour
north of Puerto Vallarta). Spending the nights was not always
comfortable, like that one at a Pemex gas station. But campground
Miramar is still one of my favorite stops. The temperature was rising to
93F and at night it hardly dropped.
Spending the night at a gas station Lush greenery on the
camping Miramar View at the ocean from the swimming pool
Coming through villages along the way we saw parts of the celebration of
Revolution Day. School kids were dressed up like guerillas or rich
Last year we stayed for the first time for six weeks on the same
campground: La Penita. We enjoyed this relaxed life that much, that we
had decided this year to pay for two months ahead. Unfortunately the
wonderful spot we had last year is occupied, but the spot we had this
year for the first six weeks had a view on the ocean and a cooling sea
breeze. The patio was twice as big, we only had neighbors on one side,
there was a large outside kitchen and we could hung our hammocks.
Our spot of 2007
Our spot for 2008
Beach of La Penita
December 2008 - Mexico
One of the nicest things of Mexico is the use of colors at the houses.
Mexicans aren’t afraid of any bright color combination. But not only
their houses are colorful, also the cemeteries aren’t dull.
Every Thursday there was market in the village La Penita de Jaltemba. The goods
were colorful, veggies and fruit were fresh and shrimp
was caught that night.
Every Tuesday night a
Mexican lady sold taco's at the trailer park and the owner of the
trailer park served free Margarita cocktails with it. Every Sunday we
had Hamburger Night. For the rest we met up
with old friends, made some new friends, ate a lot and drank more, lots
of dancing and fun. The day’s turned into weeks and before we knew X-mas
was already there.
every Sunday Hamburger Night at the pool
Christmas a lot of Mexican families were staying at the trailer park. On
Christmas eve it was time for a real Mexican tradition; the breaking of
the piñata’s. These stars were filled with candy and were hanging from a
rope that could be moved around. The Mexican kids were waiting in line.
During a 30 seconds song one child tried to break the piñata with a
wooden stick. Mostly they succeeded after a couple of kids had
tried. When the piñata broke the children were jumping on each other to
get some candy.
Day we had a huge Christmas dinner. With 170 guests you would not
expect to being served a hot meal, but with a little help of each
camping guest dinner was prepared. (Claudia for example cooked two
cauliflowers en so every guest had cooked something). We were having
roasted turkey and ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad and lots
of different veggies, everything kept warm in crock-pots. We even had
January 2009 - Mexico
In the beginning of January rumor started: the
regulars from our temporary spot are not coming this year! Two days
later we were sure, we can stay for the rest of the winter on one the
best spot of the RV park! It was a bit scary to stay on one spot
for the whole winter but we gave it a try. For the first time in
seven years we took the camper off. Of course we have had the camper off
before, but that was only for maintenance or when we had bought a new
truck; this is the first time during camping. It gave us more freedom
to be able to drive the truck without the camper. It was quite the job
because PJ wanted extra support under the camper, so he was busy getting
tree trunks and put them under the camper. Claudia made new curtains
for the kitchen and we put up a big tarp above the kitchen for more
shade. We should have put up that tarp weeks earlier, half an hour work
and the shade was terrific.
friend suffers a brain aneurism at the RV park and he and his wife
were medivaced back to Canada. Spontaneously we offered to take care of
their two dogs, but we don't know how long it was going to take!
never had dogs, so we had to get used to
walk them, pick up their shit, wash them and taking
care of them. After five weeks our friends returned, and fortunately he
looked real good after surgery.
February 2009 - Mexico
On regular base we saw humpback whales from the trailer park jumping out
of the ocean. One of the campers suggested to jump into his boat to see
them up close. The whales were very active and PJ made nice action
One of a sudden a whale
was coming up next to boat, luckily just floating, not jumping, but it
sped up our heart rate a little (although Claudia was cool enough to
capture that on film). And in between shooting PJ caught a Dorado!
Wildlife wise there was not much
going in the RV park. The first two months the hummingbirds were
fighting over our feeder, but lately we haven’t seen much. A couple of
crocodiles were hanging out in the mangrove forest, just 50 yards away
from our camper. In the morning Claudia often saw their tracks in the
sand when she was walking the dogs on the beach.
March 2009 - Mexico
On March 6th we left RV park La Penita. We have spent there a
total of 15 weeks! Slowly we drove north bound, back to the USA.
RV park with pool in
Tonight we eat smoked fish...