Tuesday morning we were up and once again back on the road pretty early. Another day of driving - our destination was Huatabampito Beach, about 240 km (150 miles) to the south.
The plan was to stop at Walmart in Ciudad Obregon - a fairly large city - as we saw on google maps that it was right beside the highway. However, as we were entering into Guaymas on our way back to the toll road - look what we spotted - right a cross the street from Home Depot.
Our first Walmart shopping experience in Mexico. Yup - it's a Walmart but Mexican style.
Derek found some shorts and Bohemia Chocolate Stout beer, we got a new case for our new camera, and some groceries.
That only took and hour or so......we were a bit disoriented in the store and of course our brains were constantly trying to figure the peso price out to Canadian $$.
We then continued on to Guaymas because I had found out that there was a Scotia Bank there. Great - Derek - let's drive right into the downtown of a Mexican city so we can go to the bank!
Entering into Guaymas - it only got busier - I should have taken more pictures - darn!
We found the bank no problem but parking was a whole other ordeal. That was eventually accomplished with only a short walk back to the bank.
Nothing like taking money out in the thousands!
According to my google map we could turn left on the 26 to get us back to the highway. Funny that the 26 never appeared! As we drove the road went from asphalt to dirt.....hmmmm.. maybe we should turn around. So back towards the city we went - turned right on the 20 and back onto the highway.
Our final stop was for gas in Empalme. All went well and we were back on the 15 - only three hours behind! Sheesh!
You see all sorts of things on Mexican roads. This was our view while waiting for our turn at the toll booth.
A really nice strip of road south of Ciudad Obregon.
Driving through Navojoa.
DAY 1: We pulled into the El Mirador Restaurant and RV Park in Huatabampito at around 4:30 pm - so it turned out to be about a four hour drive. As everyone says - the distance you can do in Canada or the US is much different then Mexico - so true.
We were going to come in the back way to avoid a toll but since it was late afternoon we just went to the 129 km marker and headed straight west. It was only a difference of $5. I didn't know how long the free road would take us since it goes through a few towns. Sounds like it may have been a better decision though since the road in that we took was VERY bumpy. LOTS of pot holes. Derek was seriously starting to wonder where I was leading us. I guess the 42 kms IN didn't help either.
But we were pretty happy when we arrived!
What a beach!
DAY 2: Wednesday was spent at the beach .......
The cost per night at the El Mirador is 234 pesos - so around $18 for full hook ups.
When we first arrived their were two other rigs - Pete and Lynn from BC and Bill and Carol from Indiana. Late Wednesday we were joined by Karin and Klaus from Germany. Lots of new friends.
Here's a movie of the beach!
After the sunset we spent some time with Carol and Bill. Bill was the one flying the kites. We were invited to their RV to talk about places to visit in Mexico. C & B have traveled extensively throughout Mexico - and Central and South America by the way.... and can be found here.
By the time we left we were C & B's new travel buddies. They were headed to El Fuerte on Friday and we were going to join them!
Shells collected by Mom and arranged by Cassia.
Not a lot of shells on the Huatabampito beach but enough to make the walk a little more fun.
You gotta love a beach with no one on it. Derek was able to walk Roofous off his leash.
Amazing - right?!
We LOVED our three night stay at Huatabampito. It was a bit of a drive in but it was definitely worth it. We'll stop in again on our way back north.
The only negative was that we couldn't get wifi. Everyone else was able to - not sure if it was an Apple issue or what. A bit frustrating but I guess we got more beach time in that way.
WoW! Mexico is just getting better and better. We sure enjoyed visiting with our new friends at Huatabampito - how nice to swap stories with fellow travellers.
Hope this all makes sense - we didn't have wifi tonight until after 10:00pm. I was already done with today but figured I should keep trying to get caught up. (By midnight I STILL couldn't get this posted - but it's here now - Saturday morning!)
TODAY'S INTERESTING LINK: And speaking of Mexico and shells - here is a link that my sister passed my way. Pretty interesting and well, pretty strange - take a look!