Author Archives: Sonja

Day 46: Teotihuacan

Most overlanders don’t attempt to drive in Mexico City – the city of 21 million souls is known for its monumental traffic jams. Anybody with a large vehicle pulls into an RV park in nearby Teotihuacan and takes an Uber into town – but not before spending a day at the pyramids. The Pyramid of the Sun and her slightly smaller neighbor, Pyramid of the Moon, were constructed by¬†Teotihuacanos in 200 AD, a people that preceded the Aztecs, who also

Days 41-45: Mainland Mexico

  We took an overnight ferry from the Baja Peninsula to Mazatlan on the mainland. According to TripAdvisor, it was going to be a terrifying experience, filled with hordes of people, vastly overdue boats, and sub-par meals. One review in particular was particularly grim as a mid-week ferry had been cancelled so they simply loaded all the people onto a later crossing: two people for every assigned seat; eight people for every four-bed cabin. It was pandemonium; they ran out

Cabo Pulmo – Southern Baja

A few years ago we spent Christmas with my parents and a friend in Cabo Pulmo, a tiny hamlet located north of Los Cabos on the Sea of Cortez side of Baja. It’s a national marine park and the only coral reef in the area. We visited in December 2014. The diving was ok (we saw a few big schools of fish) but it was right after a hurricane and both the visibility and the reef were pretty poor. There

Days 29-40 : Southern Baja

No good adventure is complete without a few things going wrong. In the last post I alluded to a string of hot nights in our camper that left us tossing and turning, with nary a wink of sleep to be had. We have two solar panels and two batteries but the system was badly struggling to run both our fan and fridge. We learned this after the milk in the fridge turned into yogurt. Ugh.     Running one’s batteries

Day 28: The Whale Sharks of Bahia de Los Angeles

  Someday I’d like to come down to Baja during the grey and humpback whale migration. That typically occurs December through March and it’s supposed to be a magical experience. The town of Guerrero Negro is an ideal jumping-off point for these excursions. I was rather bummed that we’d missed the whales and was lamenting to Chris about our poor timing as we drove into Bahia de Los Angeles. “Say” he said, “isn’t it whale shark season?” Whoa!! We tried

Photos from Above

You’ve probably gathered by now that we purchased a drone. I love aerial photography; back when we lived in California I worked as an environmental scientist. Part of my job involved studying historical aerial photographs, some of them taken fifty or sixty years ago. It was fascinating to see how towns evolved over the course of multiple decades; some sprang up overnight from orange groves, others grew more organically as populations expanded.¬† So getting a drone was pretty exciting for

Day 26 – Northern Baja

If we’re being honest, I was pretty anxious about our first few nights camping in Baja.   My Spanish is terribly rusty and we’ve all heard the horror stories about being out in the boonies of Mexico. We’re also in the off-season; we were the sole inhabitants of our first campground. Our month in Oregon and California had been a monumental learning experience and pretty tough as we adjusted to our new lifestyle. But we knew that Mexico was going

Truck Camper: Convertible Dinette

We never finished our series on our camper build-out. This is the last installment: explaining how our dining area folds down into Ben’s sleeping bunk.   Here is a quick history refresher: We bought a Four Wheel Campers (model: Hawk) in the shell version, which means it came empty – with only the queen bed over the cab (the area in the photo below with the green sheet) and an electrical box (not shown).   The cab-over bed, as it

Days 21-23: Baja, Mexico!

We eased into Mexico in the best way possible: by staying with friends at their home south of Ensenada. Gary was a coworker of Chris’ back when we lived and worked in Southern California. He and his wife Carol now spend much of their time south of the border – and now we know why! They were steps from the beach and an animal rescue organization was practically in their back yard, which basically kept the kids entertained for the

Days 11-20: Southern California

We are in Southern California and hopefully crossing over into Mexico tomorrow. Yikes. Things are gettin’ real, peeps! We had grand plans to be fantastic bloggers but we’re finding that spotty wifi and no down-time are conspiring against us. It’s doubtful that it’ll get better in Mexico but we’ll do our very best. We’ve been zigzagging our way across California. Nights have been a mix of wild (free) camping, paid campground camping, cheap motels, and crashing with friends. Here is

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