Before Easter in April I made the long drive out of Mexico and back to Arizona, but keep wondering why I arrived three weeks before my flight? I prefer being near the Sea of Cortez but always leave myself plenty of time to handle repairs if I have vehicle breakdowns or problems on the road. So far everything this winter has been minor but who knows when disaster will strike? Anyway it turned out to be a smooth and easy trip.
This has been a wonderful winter in Mexico, with good friends and happy times. Rotary projects kept me very busy, and I know we’ve done a lot of good for the communities. I might do even more volunteer work next year. Castaway Kids is building a new facility which will include sewing classes for local residents, and I think I’d like to help with that. Rescate is an emergency medical evacuation group that always needs help, and there are many more agencies that do good work. I love my book group, and I’d also like to take some classes and join other workshops (art, Spanish, birdwatching, woodworking, yoga), go out to dinner more often and have more get-togethers for friends at home. I can’t wait to see dear pals again when we gather for the winter months far away from our cold and snowy homes in the north.
Below are some of these friends — Mike and Carole, Judith and Joe, Kit and Teri, Andre, Maggy and others.
This is my friend Jimmy at the beach, he lives in his VW van there every winter near another friend Hans. Both have been shown on these pages before. Our section of the beach got somewhat quieter when a big concrete wall was built to block access for traffic off the beach road from the highway! Some sort of medical center is talked about being built on the street side of the wall.
My Mexican friend Maria Teresa lives in Phoenix but also has a house on my street in Mexico. She is a widow who also has grown kids and is happy to have someone to do things with. She’s full of great information about easy gardening ideas to use in our hot climate, and is willing to help me. She’s energetic and fun, always game to do almost anything, likes to accompany me when we feel like going out, and we enjoy visiting whenever we have time.
I went to see my elderly buddiesToni and Charlie for Easter, and will go again before I leave Arizona. They are no longer in the RV park where I met them, so it’s not so nice to be here without them. They also have a house in Phoenix now that they share with their daughter and her new husband. Since they are getting older and more frail, it’s good that they aren’t living alone any more but they’re still busy and together after 60 years of marriage. I’m so glad that Toni calls often, no matter where I am, so we can talk about books and family and our lives.
So now I’m getting ready to return to the Alaska “spring”, which means there will be snow on the lawn, ice on the lake, and lots of cleaning up to do there, both indoors and outside. During this “limbo” period in the HOT southwest, I’m updating my computer data, taking walks when the temps are cool enough in the mornings and evenings, reading lots of books, going through accumulated mail and finishing my income taxes. I also spend time visiting with a few friends.
If I do have a house in Mexico, this might be the last year I’ll leave the motor home and car stored for the summer in Casa Grande. Of course it’s less humid in Arizona but mechanical repairs are cheaper and easier in Mexico. So far I can still hook up the car to tow and manage driving the motor home, presumably will be able to continue for some years to come but certainly not forever. Since I’m a vagabond at heart I hope to travel more around Mexico after I have a home base. And I can also leave whenever I want to make trips to other countries. While camping at the beach it’s always a concern for us to leave for any length of time and most likely lose our “spot”.
I want to stay in San Carlos next spring for Semana Santa, Easter week, when the beaches are crammed with families for the holiday and the town is crazy with traffic. I’d like to see for myself how bad it can be, especially when living in a quiet neighborhood. Maybe stock up with supplies and just stay home for a few days? Or walk along the beaches to gawk at the crowds?
I’ve started lists about how life is different in a house in Mexico instead of living in my motor home on the beach.
Although the motor home always needs upkeep, the house has many repairs to do. It is a very old house and hasn’t been maintained, so needs work and improvements.
Plans for the future:
The next posting here will be from Alaska, when life changes course again!
This is me going off sailing in 1992… and still hanging out by the sea in 2018, more than 25 years later! Funny world, isn’t it?