Preperation for Our Mexico Adventure
Oct 23rd - Our sole purpose of being at the Beaudry RV Park in Tucson, Arizona is to meet with our fellow traveling companions and sit through an informative presentation by Bill and Dorothy Bell, the renowned authorities on RV travel in Mexico. Bill and Dorothy will then on the 27th lead us all, over a four day span, some 920 miles south of the border to La Penita, Mexico and what has been billed as a pristine RV park about 40 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta.
Officially we were to have arrived here a couple days from now and over a two day period prior to departure on the 27th, we would meet as a group to get acquainted and be given a lot of instruction from those who have "been there, done that." And that will happen, but?
Due to our A/C problem as I mentioned in the previous blog, we booked in to Beaudry a few days early and to our surprise so did several of our group including Bill and Dorothy Bell, and Carole and Grant Thacker. Carole and Grant are the La Penita RV Park managers.
We have now met those who are present as our caravan will all be staying in the same row in this park and earlier this evening we held an informal get acquainted gathering at the pool. The discussion was lively as there were a zillion questions from those of us who are first timers to RV travel in Mexico and especially questions about the park that will be our home for the winter so very far from the States.
Some of the things I can recall from the discussions are in random order:
The setting for the RV park is jungle and therefore although not really dangerous some precautions are in order. For example there are "Crocs", "Scorpions", "Iguanas", "Jelly Fish", and occasionally someone gets stung by a "Sting Ray". Using common sense, troubles are usually avoided.
There are a couple inland lakes less than an hours drive away that have excellent Bass fishing. Wonder who asked that question? :)
Bring as many swimming suits as you can afford to buy and find as you will be in them all day every day. Sometimes changing several times a day. Pool volley ball is quite popular. Swimming in the Ocean at the beautiful beach is not as popular as the pool as a lot of people don't like dealing with the salt water issues, but there are those who prefer the ocean to the pool. Boogie boarding is popular on the gentle waves that crash the beach.
There are many excellent restaurants in the area. The small town of La Penita is a short walking distance from the park. There are market days in the village and several small grocery outlets, however everyone usually makes a run to Walmart and Sams Club which are about an hour drive. The fresh fish, Dorado, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and shrimp are plentiful everyday directly from the local fishermen who are easily found around the village.
Is there organized partying? Followed by lots of laughter from those in the know! Answered in several different ways such as: Mary's Margaritas are to die for. Tuesday nights are Taco nights. You have to buy the Taco's but the Margaritas are freeeee.
As you can see the information we are getting is very informative and valuable. This is all unofficial and pre-emps the scheduled get together. I can't wait for when we get in to the real organized part of this trip preparation!