Our regular readers know that we've spent a lot of time at Hacienda Contreras RV Park near the town of Valle de Juarez in Jalisco, Mexico.
Well things are changing down there. And although it's not really better for the people who love to go there, it's better for the people who owned the park, our friends Barb and Sal. And that's what counts.
This past winter, the property next door to the park was sold to a local businessman who decided to build a Pemex gas station on the property.
Under construction, next door to Hacienda Contreras RV Park.
Barb and Sal were pretty frustrated by this turn of events, and to make a long story short they have accepted a very good offer from that same businessman to purchase their property. This upcoming 2013-2014 season will remain available for those who want to use the park (confirm first though before you go!), but it's future after that is undecided.
Of course our motorhome Sherman is currently stored at the park. As is Barb and Sal's own 5th wheel trailer and a couple of others. This is okay. The new owner has hired a full time gardener and a night watchman and we're confident that Sherman is okay there.
A busy week in March 2013 at Hacienda Contreras.
This coming winter, Barb and Sal will still be there. But as fellow campers, not hard working RV Park owners!
We wish nothing but the best for Barb and Sal and we're glad they will get to carry on with other things that are important to them.
Okay, on to other things. This Namibia trip, which is taking up an awfully lot of our internet research time just now!
We're dealing with Natasha, who's been working with their tour organizer at ATI Holidays .
Natasha sent us a preliminary itinerary of the ground tour portion of our week long prize. It's an absolutely fantastic trip. You can view the proposed itinerary here...
While it's an absolutely fantastic trip (can you say WOW!?) and it's great for someone who only has one week, we have a lot more than just one week.
So I asked Natasha what the possibilities were of extending the value of the prize over a longer period. In other words, maybe we don't need to stay in the top quality luxury accommodation with expensive meals. While that would be great (and it would!) we would rather take that budgeted money and make it last longer. You're not surprised by that, are you??
So, Natasha has received permission to take the $5,000 budget for the land portion of the trip, and let us spend it pretty much the way we wish, provided we do so through their tour organizer at ATI Holidays!!
This opens up a whole bunch of possibilities, including the idea of a motorhome rental. The details are not worked out yet, but wouldn't it be fun to tour Namibia in something like this...?? Well we sure think it would!!
The Discoverer FunX 4 wheel drive. (Dog not included!)