Living on the Road

with Jim and Gayle

January, 2006

We celebrated New Year's Eve in Indio and then began our Mexico adventure.  We overnighted in Casa Grande and Nogales, AZ. before heading to our first stop, San Carlos, Mexico.  The road (Mex 15) to San Carlos is pretty good, though the pulloffs tended to have sharp drop offs and often there are no shoulders.

Road to San Carlos

We stayed at Totanaka RV Park where we met up with our traveling companions, Robin and Sharyl.

SC Campground

The Tetakawa (Goat's Teats) is the classic San Carlos picture.

  Goat's Teats

The Mex 15 highway to Las Glorias was about the same as it was to San Carlos.  When we had to exit to a local road, it was two lanes, a bit narrower, and the shoulders non-existent.

Road to Las Glorias

We stayed at Mr. Moro Hotel and RV Park which was right on the beach.
 LG Campground

Sunset over the beach at Las Glorias.

LG Sunset

The Mex 15 highway to Celestino Gasca continued to be good.  After turning onto the road to the park, we got a little concerned, but it ended up being fine.

Road to Celestino Gasca

We stayed at Villa Celeste RV Park.  We really enjoyed our stay and the young couple who owned the park.
CG Campground

The crowded beach at Celestino Gasca.

CG Scenery

Mex 15 highway to Mazatlan was good.  Since we had heard that the parks were full and that the one we had arranged to stay in was noisy and not well maintained, we parked on the road and Jim, Robin, and Sharyl scouted out a place  while I stayed with the Yorks and the coaches.

Road to Mazatlan

The park they found, Mar Rosa, was clean, secure, and right on the beach.

 MZ Campground

This beautiful monument, "Continuation of Life", typified Mazatlan to me.  Beautiful things are built but not maintained so the town looks dirty and rundown.  This monument probably hasn't been cleaned since it was made -- gobs of slime are dripping off of it into a slime covered pond.

MZ Scenery

Puppet's chronic bladder infection flared up so we had to find a vet in Mazatlan.  We were pleased with the diagnostic procedures and care (picture by Sharyl who went as our translator).


Our next destination was Teapecan.  The toll road continued south of Mazatlan for 36 miles (long enough to charge us another $18).  It is the newest section of the new road and is very nice but strangely enough, only two lanes.  After the toll road, we were on the old roads but they were still good.   We drove through the center of Escuinapa.  The road into the campground was a mile long  dirt road through a coconut grove.

Teapecan CG Road

Like a lot of Mexico, the park we stayed in, Rancho Las Angeles, seemed to have seen better days.  It was right on the beach.

< TP Campground

Teapecan is primarily a fishing village.  It's big draw is for birders (like Sharyl).  Here are the pangas bringing in shrimp (all quite small).

TP Scenery

We traveled two lane roads, loaded with trucks, to San Blas/Santa Cruz.  The final 20 miles of road were narrow and twisty--real white knuckles when you met a wide vehicle coming the other way.  We were glad it was a short drive (154 miles) because the drivers were both stressed by the end of it.

San Blas Road

The RV park, Paraiso Miramar, is beautiful.  We chose to camp in the caravan area where there were big sites and grass.
San Blas Campground

Although we crossed the Tropic of Cancer north of Mazatlan, this stop is the first one that has the tropical vegetation, humidity, and no-seeums that one associates with the tropics.

Santa Cruz Scenery

So far, these are the only bandidos we have encountered.  The tolls to San Blas were about $181!


Food vendors are everywhere.  They are on streets, in every other house (or so it seems), and at every tope (speed bumps--which are also everywhere).


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