Oct 3, 2006, 11:34 AM
Re: [Gayla] silly newbie w/passport & transport needs camping companion
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Thanks for your assesment of who and/ or what I am.
The reasoning for picking Tecate is BECAUSE of all the media hype (and some of what I have read on this site) on the other border x'ings between Mexicali and TJ. I keep a close watch on the LA Times and have read all about how "things ain't what they used to be". Chosing Tecate seemed to be a good way to avoid most of that.
My folks started taking me down through TJ when I was eight. We would go down and stay in little clean motels where they would leave me for the day in the room so they could go deep sea fishing. The last time I crossed the border at TJ was in 1974. That was also the last time I was in Mexico
Because of our 1969 entry through Nuevo Laredo in the middle of the night - pretty slow then at 2 am - and our attempt and failure to cross a month earlier at Nogalas mid-day, then our on foot exit from Mexico in TJ after the 3 of us took the bus all the way back from Acapulco, I have NO desire to spend a zillion hours dealing with the dangers and hassles at any of those major X'ings.
Tecate is "closest" to where I am currently located, and doesn't seem to pose the dangers and confusion of the other CA to Mexico entry points: TJ, Mexicali, or Nogalas on either side of the border.
One of the gals who posted a response to my initial question (seems she is a kyaker) suggested a list of books I buy. Some of them I have already since they apply to my particular situation - others are way off the mark - Birding, kyaking - being an "Amazon" woman who fights and lives her way through Mexico (you can take a look at her list).
It's evident that on this particular forum (Come in here Newbie so you don't make an ass of yourself somewhere else on this site) that all these folks are helpful and knowledgeable. I just don't need a book on every aspect of Mexico that has ever been printed. And as is obvious, I don't know how to navigate this place yet, so here I am.
I also don't want to solo - I do want some company.
The idea of my wandering around anywhere alone - like Mexico, or other foreign countries, (other than the wilderness trails I know so well between Yosemite and Mt. Whitney) is first, daunting, and second, lonely.
I have an analogy I have based on trips I used to make out into the backcountry alone: Fishing wasn't any fun unless I had a couple of friends along to share the fishing experiences with. It was the fish stories and the competition of who caught the biggest fish at the end of the day,or by the end of the trip: who had the biggest catches of the trip. Or, how we had managed to navigate (before GPS's) and travel over certain miles long sections of trail buried under several feet of snow miles of snow, or who fell over what cliff when, or how deep some of the creeks were and the devices we used as a group to cross over the deepest and most dangerous of them - or crossing snow bridges. You get my drift.
When I went out alone, I rarely did much fishing. I just hiked 40 to 70 days a summer covering several hundred miles of trail and terrain. For company I had my llamas who carried my gear - but they don't talk. And at the end of the day cocktails after dinner at the campsite wasn't "happy hour". It was set up camp, fix dinner, have a couple of cocktails, break out the headlamp and a book, and get in the tent.
Up until 2 months ago I had a website that had been up for 5 years. I was guiding under the table and pissed off the US forest service. I was also selling a how-to dehydrator cook book I wrote, full of recipes I put together for people who wanted to learn how to dehydrate their own food for what-ever purpose, mostly backpacking.
The Forest Service made me shut down the whole site. But we'll drop that subject here.
So here I am now, with a vehicle set up with a tow package, a shell, and my load of personal collected outdoor gear suitable to pick from for an extended trip to Mexico. I can wing it if necessary. Mexico is a place I've lived in and liked. Only it was a long time ago.
Now, you're going to get a story after this, so stop reading unless you want to know the rest of the reason I'm here asking questions.
I'm not "bucks up".Not yet.I'm looking to get into Mexico on a road trip to get my perspective back again. I'm starting out on this site, in this forum, to get information and ideas on how to take a vacation from a stressful situation at home. I have to make a decision about going through with a divorce I initiated.
If you, or anyone else here has gone down that road, you may get the idea. Split the house, do the California style divorce whole nine yards. Our house is in a real popular Aspen-wanna'be (but never will be) Eastern Sierra ski resort. For the gals in my age bracket, and that's 50ish, I"ve been married long enough to get half of his social security. And I'm not working - I might get disability because of my back - working with livestock combined with years of heavy lifting do that. The house, a collection of decent social security (half of his and eventually mine, too), and perhaps disability is my retirement. All of that could do a reasonable job of CMA if I decided to split permanently and head to Mexico for an extended stay next fall.
But I have to go down and do a little exploring first.
Right now, I want to escape the upcoming snow covered winter in that unique little house in the California Sierra Nevadas. I've got a little savings that I know I can stretch, and will allow me to get by down in Mexico for a few months.
The husband doesn't ever want to leave the snow, telemark sking, and God Forbid, go to Mexico! He's 57, has no pension, no 401K, but has parents who are on their way out and will leave him and his sister a little something. He's never been anywhere and doesn't ever want to go anywhere. He hates Yosemite (well, anyone would who's not from the city, and goes there in August) I've "lived" there too. But as for Mexico? Him? Never!
I can stay gone from California from sometime before Christmas this year (I have to go back home for a couple of weeks to sort through my gear) until maybe April of '07.
If the mountians where I have lived for the 26 years do not get a huge snowpack again this winter, I'll go back into the woods for the summer of '07 to get in shape. By next fall, if I manage to pull off a trip to Mexico, then spend the summer up in the backcountry, I'll have made up my mind about turning loose the lawyer.
OK. There you have it. Point me to the correct forum, if there is one, keep me here and "heads-up", or send me to my room.
Thanks for your help. Melsie