Yes, we did it.  Funny blog post name about Belize:  Check!  We spent 4 months in Mexico and, although we loved it, were ready to explore some new territory. As soon as Ash’s parents were on a flight back home we blasted out of the Yucatan ASAP.  It was time to get on with our regularly scheduled adventure.  Our last stop in Mexico was Chetumal.  After a quick four hour drive on the straightest and

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After leaving the jungle in Palenque we started on the long trip to Playa del Carmen.  We had a few days before Ash's parents were flying in and meeting us there, so we hopped in the truck and headed to the Gulf of Mexico side of the peninsula.  After an 8 hour driving day to Chichen-Itza (where we camped in a hotel parking lot... epic) and another 2 1/2 hours the next day from Chichen-Itza

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We stopped at a great little campground (Rancho Camping San Nicolas) in San Cristobal de Las Casas where we met Shannon and Josh from The Next Adventures and Wilson, Sarah, and Ace who we have been meeting throughout different parts of mainland Mexico.  San Cristobal de Las Casas was our last little colonial town in Mexico with a really cool atmosphere.  More time would have been spent at the markets and in the seemingly unlimited

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Our plan after Mexico City was to head to the colonial town of Puebla to try the famous mole poblano and then continue on to hike the dormant volcano Ixtaccihuatl.  En route to Puebla we made a last minute decision to skip it because we were citied out and needed some nature ASAP.  Ash's nasal passages were blocked up with air pollution and we were craving some clean mountain air.  Instead of heading straight to

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After our trip to the amazing pyramids in Teotihuacan, we parked the truck at the RV park and hopped on a bus bound for Mexico City. The bus ride was about 45 minutes into town, and from there the metro took us to the Centro Historico of one of the largest cities in the world. We had heard stories about the traffic in Mexico City and how busy it was.  There have been restrictions placed

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The ruins of Teotihuacan were the first that we saw on our trip. Finished in 100AD, the Pyramid of the Sun towers over the site and is the third-largest pyramid in the world.  We haven't been to Egypt to see The Great Pyramid of Giza or to see the Great Pyramid of Cholua here in Mexco, but we're inclined to agree with Wikipedia on that fact based on how out of breath we were once

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The Muskoka Foundation in their own words: Mission Our vision is to create a fleet of hundreds of modern day explorers, who are traveling in developing communities around the world, leaving a wake of positive change. This network together can lead to a significant impact on the world we visit, reducing poverty, improving health and inspiring others to do the same. Company Overview Do Good As You Go is a network of volunteer experienced professionals,

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A 5 hour drive north from Patzcuaro took us to the Unesco World Heritage Site and colonial town of Guanajuato.  We had heard romantic musings from fellow overlanders about how much they loved this city.  We agreed.  It was so easy to stay, and we did, for close to three weeks. Don Quioxte striking a pose. Comex, the local paint store, must have been busy!  There was always somebody out painting (or repainting) the houses.

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We weren't mentally prepared for the freezing temperatures of Patzcuaro's 7000 foot elevation at night.  We also weren't prepared for how amazing the food would be in this little mountain town. We reached Patzcuaro after a 6 hour drive from Guadalajara, around Lake Chapala, and through Morelia.  We had originally planned to stay at the lake, but the soggy campground and lack of atmosphere made us push on for another 4-5 hours to Patzcuaro.  It

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Our last stop before heading inland was Chacala.  We didn't have time when originally passing by to check out this town, but made sure to stay here for a night before driving east.  The grass campground on the beach surrounded by palm trees was awesome.  The sunset and the fresh caught/cooked fish dinner beachside were a nice farewell to the coast. Sometimes the weather sucks.  It happens.  This time it happened while we were spending

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So what do you do on the road during a holiday?  You invite your new friends over for a party, that's what. Richard's mom had rented us a little apartment in PV for a few days over Christmas so we had somewhere  to host other travellers.  We bought a piñata, some tequila, made our now famous German potato salad (okay, not famous at all, but still tasty) and invited Sam and Erica from Song of the

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La Penita Market 8am-Noon every Thursday We were told by more than one person that we had to go check out the market in La Penita.  By 8am the vendors will be fully set up, but it won't be too busy. As Roy Orbison sang, "Anything you need, you got it!" The market has anything you could need or want.  Trucks full of fruit or veg?  You got it!  Kitchenware, tools, parts for blenders and

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We love Rincon De Guayabitos.  So do the Mexicans.  Tourists from the inland cities poured into Guayabitos and covered the beaches, surrounded the taco stands, and cranked up the volume on every stereo system they could find. The busy atmosphere made for a fun, bustling, and easy town to be in.  Oh yeah, once again the food was fantastic.  Our daily walk down the main drag netted us a giant fresh jugo verde (green juice)

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December 23, 2013 - 9:00 p.m. The night watchman arrived by surprise at our door.  He rattled off a string of sentences in Spanish, which Richard interpreted as "follow me!" with a big smile on his face.  So together Richard and the night watchman walked up the dark main road away from our apartment.  After about 1/2 a km Richard started to get nervous.  He was in a foreign country, with no cash in his

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Lo De Marcos is a sleepy little coastal Mexican town (pop. 2000) that we would have driven right past if it were not for the fact that Ash’s Auntie Barbie was housesitting there.  We were just a little north of town so we popped in for a few days to visit.  Fortunately we were able to stay in the house and enjoy running water, laundry, hot showers, electricity… and great company! For the first time

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We arrived in Mazatlan fresh off the boat, and with no map we made our way through town to the Zona Dorada (The Golden Zone) in which the RV parks are located.  After some tediously uninteresting and un-blogpost worthy activities such as laundry and unpacking, we strolled through the local area, checked out the beach, and looked for a good place to eat dinner.  A local tour operator advised us that there was a great

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Our final task in Baja was to get on the ferry and head to the mainland. Essentially there are two options here.  Baja Ferries or the TMC Ferry.  Baja Ferries is the classic passenger ferry and TMC is the trucker's ferry.  Since TMC allows you to stay with your vehicle for the 18 hour passage we decided to go with them. We pulled in to the ferry terminal and took a quick left into the

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You need four things to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California: 1.  The AAA Map for Baja California This map showed all of the small places that a lot of other maps didn't.  The scale is perfect for scouting your route, discussing potential campsites with people you meet along the way, and navigating your way south. 2.  Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping and/or Traveler's Guide to Camping Mexico's Baja by Mike and Terri Church This is

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It took four weeks for us to get to the very southern tip of Baja after crossing at Tijuana into northern Mexico.  We had crossed back and fourth from the Pacific side to the Cortez side of the peninsula multiple times.  We had driven on dirt, sand, good roads, bad roads, no roads, free roads, and toll roads, but to get to Land's End we would have to park the truck and hop in a

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By Ashley After a long day of driving around the port city of La Paz attempting to find a Fed Ex (and failing, just missing their open business hours by about 15 minutes), we decided to get the hell out of there and move on to Todos Santos.  Located on the southwest side of the Baja peninsula, Todos Santos is about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas.  We were tired.  We were frustrated. 

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It may sound weird to our friends and family back home who are dealing with the rain, snow, and sleet right now… but we were beached out and, as John Muir would say, the mountains are calling. There is a 30km stretch of ever winding paved road heading west from the coastal town of Loreto that ends at the San Javier mission.  This mission is one of the best-preserved missions in Baja.  The main cobblestone

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From the palm-filled oasis of San Ignacio, we continued to Guerrero Negro, a town on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula.  The drive, as it always seems to be in Baja, was spectacular.  As we drove through Guerrero Negro, we realized that this was probably a town to drive through while continuing onto our next destination.  Boy, were we glad we made a lunch stop for fish tacos, though!  The owner the legit looking

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Between the Bay of L.A. and Bahia Concepcion we mad a quick overnight stop at the oasis of San Ignacio.  This area is well known for its mission and dates.  We made sure to experience both. Today the church is largely in its original condition, with its last restoration in 1976.  It is used by the local community for masses, weddings, funerals, and daily worship.  There is a rose garden to the north and garden

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The first thing you need when going clam digging is knowledge and experience on the subject.  Since we didn’t have either of those we set off with eight hands, a bucket, and a shovel. We weren’t 100% sure what the deal was with the whole “red tide” thing, but guessed that we’d be able to see the red algae (or whatever the heck red tide is…).  Since the water was the clearest we’ve ever seen

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Before the race even started I knew I wanted to come back to Baja for the 2014 Tecate Score Baja 1000 race.  The atmosphere the night preceding the race was full of anticipation as we chatted with others who had been to races in the past.  They shared stories, photos, and videos. The morning of the race started with the wind picking up near Gonzaga Bay.  Our little rooftop tent was getting really hammered by

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We drove south from San Felipe assuming that we were going to stop in Puertecitos for a few days before continuing to Gonzaga.  When we arrived at Puertocitos to find less than optimal campgrounds (more like campground-junkyard combos on the beach) for almost $30/night we decided to press on to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga. Gonzaga welcomed us with white sandy beaches, warm water, and $5/night camping.   There was also a 5ft high jump on a

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We headed out early and took highway MX3 from Ensenada towards San Felipe. The windy and potholed road took a few hours, but the scenery was epic once again.  We climbed the mountains through Oso Negro, paralleling part of the Baja 1000 racecourse, stopped at a couple of military border checkpoints, and pulled into San Felipe in the early afternoon. We stayed at Kiki’s campground for a few nights.  We had okay wifi, great beaches,

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After La Bufadora we drove north to explore Baja’s wine country.  It was Monday… and apparently most of the wineries aren’t open on Monday.  No matter, we were able to find at least one winery that was open.  After a quick wine tasting at L.A. Cetto, and after Erica purchased a bottle for the evening, we decided to get serious about finding a campsite. We found the campsite that runs in conjunction with a free

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Fish Tacos.  (R:  My mouth is watering right now just reading this.) Day three (we didn’t move from the beach on day two) in Mexico had us on a hunt for fish tacos, baja style.  So far Mexico is all about the food and we don’t really see that changing anytime soon. Once again we were lucky to be travelling with Song of the Road. Erica had heard of a place called Tacos El Fenix

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There was one thing we couldn't get out of our mind... Lobster burritos.   Erica from Song of the Road had been talking about lobster tacos and lobster burritos the last time we had seen them and we just couldn't stop thinking about them.  All that stood between us and this mouth-watering garlic butter covered goodness was the Mexican border. After filling up the truck with genuine USA 91 octane (and only creating a small

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After our adventures in the mountains at the SoCal Mountain Rendezvous, we had the great pleasure of being hosted by Mike and Dana (parents of Erica from Song of the Road).  They were so generous and warm, we felt lucky to have spent some great times swapping travel stories, eating many delicious dinners, and drinking countless bottles of fabulous wine.  Mike and Dana – if you are reading this… thank you again so much for

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