We had been in contact with a couple from Louisiana. Pat and Geraldine had never driven in Mexico, but they were prepared to ignore the negative American media reports and not listen to the friends who called them crazy. They wanted to drive their little Toyota motorhome to Mexico! So we had several emails back and forth and we gave them some tips. Fortunately, they also contacted someone to travel with, and they made their way from the Texas border down here to Puerto Vallarta area.
Pat and Geraldine have found themselves parked up at a little RV park in La Cruz, on the bay about 30 kms (18 miles) or so north of Puerto Vallarta, and they invited us for a visit!
So we got a ride in to the highway from Patty and Rick who are staying at our park, and then took the collectivo to La Cruz. Sure enough, we found the little RV Park, and their little Toyota motorhome.
A little crowded for our liking. They have a Quebec rig on either side of them, and someone with Arizona plates on the far end. We didn't meet any of the others.
But the grounds are quite nice, and they have the use of the hotel swimming pool...
Nice view from the hill above the pool.
We sat and visited with them for a while and got acquainted. Interestingly, Pat is a semi retired shrimp fisherman! He still owns and captains a 50 ft shrimp fishing boat on the coast of Louisiana and still goes out to make some money at the height of the shrimp fishing season. He invited us to come out and crew with him someday. Now that would be a cool experience!
Geraldine and Pat.
We went for a walk down to the nearby Vallarta Yacht Club. Wow...there is some money parked up there!
It's a pretty spot. to go for a walk.
What do you think? Straight trade for Sherman??
However...it might cost $10,000 to fill the fuel tank in that boat! Hmmm. I think we'll keep the motorhome!
For people with extra money.
We then wandered back through town and sat and had some lunch. By the way, Pat and Geraldine don't speak any Spanish. They are a prime example that you can RV (and survive!) in Mexico without knowing the language. Now, of course it helps that they are staying in an area where English is fairly common. But, you have to start somewhere, and good for them for making the effort!
Pat (being funny as usual!), Geraldine, and Ruth.
So that was a fun day, and we enjoyed meeting them. Thanks again for lunch Pat and Geraldine! Looking forward to seeing you some day in Louisiana!
We're starting to think about getting on the road. Probably this coming Monday. We want to make our way to Mazatlan for Christmas (two weeks from today!). Our friends Chris and Juan are going to be there then, and we want to see them.
From Mazatlan, we want to head to the Copper Canyon. But the route along the coast up to Hermosillo doesn't have a lot to offer, so we're going to go in the back way, up through Durango to Creel. There is a new toll highway from Mazatlan to Durango, but it's expensive for a motorhome so we're thinking we're going to do the same "Devil's Spine" highway that we did in February of 2008. There will be less traffic on it now that the toll highway is open. Plus, we've done it before and although it's slow going it is in itself a very scenic route.
From Durango, we would take roads we've never been on before, so that will be a new experience. And when we get to Creel, there is a ton of hiking and exploring to be done.
The easy route, shown above.
The route that we want to take!
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