In the next few years we plan to leave the comforts of our home, buy an RV and travel through Central and South America. No doubt, this takes some planning. How much money do we need? Where do we intend to go? Will we kill each other by living in such tight quarters for so long? Well, no better way to find out than to hop in our truck, hitch up our pop up camper and head to Baja! We do plan to purchase a larger “home” for the real deal, of course, but this little trip is a good test of what it will feel like to spend so much time together on the road.
|“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta|
San Felipe (Northern Baja)
A mere 20 hour trip south took us from Dillon, Colorado to San Felipe, Baja California. This was not our first adventure into Mexico. but it was our first time traveling by car so it took a bit of additional pre-planning, which you can read about here.
With our camper in tow, we left on snow-covered mountain and headed south and by mid-afternoon on our third day we pulled into line at the US-Mexico border at Calexico. We could feel the Sea of Cortez calling to us…just a mere 2 hours away! But first things first…we needed to cross the border! We’d heard stories, read articles and were prepared for the worst. We had all our paperwork ready: titles, registrations, passports, and $200 worth of documentation on Quito, our dog. To our surprise, after a 10 minute walk around our pop-up we were waved through & we were on our way! We’d later talk to others who were not so lucky! We finally pulled into San Felipe and our final destination at Pete’s Camp around 5pm…aka…happy hour. We immediately walked into the restaurant, ordered a couple of cold Mexican beers and bought ourselves a campsite for the night.
Waking up beachfront in Mexico is exactly what you’d think! We were treated to our first sunrise of the trip and it did not disappoint. Then realization sunk in. We didn’t have to go anywhere for the next 10 nights!
We were home!
Camping on the beach in Baja brought all the needed amenities, but mainly rest and relaxation. Most all vacations we take typically involve a lot of adventure, whether it be hiking, diving or just general exploration of our new surroundings. This was not the case in Northern Baja. We were here to chill. We won’t bore you with the day-to-day activity of watching the tide come in and the tide go out, the sun rising and the sun setting or the drinks being made and the drinks disappearing while relaxing by just another campfire on the beach. You get the idea!
One of the best parts about traveling around this world, and Baja was no exception, is the people we meet along the way. Everyone is on their own journey and has a story to tell and we always leave feeling like our life just got a little fuller.
This wasn’t just an ordinary trip to Mexico, as if there could ever be an “ordinary” trip. We were here for Christmas and New Years, and it was Noah’s first time away from home for the holidays. Let’s just say it didn’t start off well on the road trip down. But after some tears and promises of ‘never using screens again if we’d just turn around,’ we had two amazing weeks on the beach, met new friends and explored new and exiting places in the amazing world we live in.
The trip back North was almost as eventful as the the time in the sand.