Feb 23, 2006, 9:45 AM
Post #28 of 35
<<The first part of your post will come in handy during my actual move, but for my visit, I will probably fly in or at least to Brownsville.and then drive or bus.>>
Hi, mugawump (what's a mugawump anyway?), I'm going to throw in a couple of pesos to this thread:
If, when you actually drive down, you had a roomy vehicle such as a pick-up with a cab you could transport some camping equipment (cot, folding furniture, small electric fridge, gas stove etc) and either stay at campgrounds or have enough basics to furnish a rental apartment (try a short-term lease in case you hate the area) until you find your little niche in heaven.
In Nov. 04 I drove (solo mit two small doggies) from Miami, FL to Chapala and back a month later.
Camping in the US was easy. In Mexico I camped at a former KOA south of Monterrey. After that, I did some motel camping (that's where you put your camping chair in the breezeway outside your room and facing the parking lot) and cooked my dinner - no restaurant and I wasn't about to go searching.
Being self-reliant and equipped to be self-sufficient is very empowering. That way you can have a lot of flexibility and do a lot of touring. Coleman has a relatively new camping stove ($80) that has a burner on one side and a grill on the other - uses the 1 lb canisters (not sure if available in Mexico, but by road you can take a bunch with you).
Can't wait to retire....
PS I'm 59, take Lipitor and Celebrex, will be having hip replacement surgery on March 20th, while my 81-year-old ex husband, who takes no medications, is hale and hearty (still goes out with his dog and popup camper) was determined to piss on my grave. He probably will. (New hubby is 63)
Dare I suggest that a canine pal will be great company? You will probably be adopted by one (or more!) after you arrive in Mexico. If you haven't done so, you might enjoy reading John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley."
ENJOY THIS NEXT PHASE OF YOUR LIFE.
Miami, Fla & El Parque