After closing out a quiet Christmas and New Year with my friends Cynthia and Ward, I am on the road.
Through the end of December, I worked on my rig. I made lists, and I completed tasks. Some were easy and some were a bit harder than I first imagined they would be. Come January first, we were ready to go. With a fond farewell to my San Diego friends, I headed east into the desert. I took my time driving east. The desert greeted me with a beautiful rainbow.
After spending time with the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese at the Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge, I ended my first day camping next to Squaw Lake on the California/Arizona border. This is quickly becoming a favorite stopover or destination. It is remote yet close enough to larger towns to make it an excellent winter home base. This time I stayed for a night.
You just might wonder where I am heading. I am on my way to Mexico. I have good friends who travel there every winter with the exception of the Pandemic Years. This year Mary invited other mutual friends from Michigan and me to join them. We meet up south of Tucson tomorrow and on January fifth we cross over into Mexico via Nogales.
What does one do to prepare to go “south of the border”?
- Make sure that my Passport is up to date. It was not so I hurriedly filled out the appropriate paperwork and sent it off to the Federal Government.
- Make duplicate copies of everything. (driver’s license, vehicle registration, passport)
- Buy auto insurance for Mexico. Have a paper copy in hand.
- EmmyLou my rig went off to Mercedes for a check-up.
- Exchange money, Mexican Pesos are a must.
- Check my credit cards to make sure there are no foreign taxes to use in other countries.
- What about my phone plan? Verizon has me covered.
- Learn a little Spanish.
- What does my bathing suit look like? Ach, time for a new one.
And the list goes on. I am a bit nervous about this trip. I have a tendency to worry since Jim, my husband died. I have fussed about this adventure quite a bit. I am never clear as to why I worry but worry I do. I have found, like fear, if I make worrying my ally it can help me. Then I can develop a clearer picture of why I am worrying, or not and move on. I remind myself that thousands of people do this every year. I am not the first to venture into Mexico.
With the support of friends on Thursday I cross the border into Mexico. It is good to have friends that are willing to push me a little so I can find a new edge to my comfort zone.
Stay tuned, as I share my adventure south of the border with you.