Three Days In San Carlos

San Carlos is about 250 miles from the US border and I always look forward to pulling into this nice RV park, getting our coupon for a free Margarita next door, and having a shrimp dinner overlooking the Sea of Cortez. But after our normal three day stay we will be ready to go much farther south to the tropical weather.  It is just a bit too chilly here.

It had been so cold in Arizona, getting down to below freezing every night, that we couldn’t leave quick enough. There was snow on the hills as we crossed the border into Mexico and not much traffic was going south. This was the first time we received the red light to be inspected on the Mexican side but the poor border official was so cold standing outside that all he asked was did we have wine or cigarettes and waved us through. There were not many travelers at the border station 21 km’s into the country where we had to obtain our visas and the temporary import permit for the car. We already have a 10 year permit on the motorhome and will turn that in when we go back north as we are thinking of getting something bigger for next year. No matter how short the line is at the cashiers window to pay for the visas and get the auto permit, it always moves slowly. The line is outdoors and with a temperature of only 28 F we were absolutely numb with cold after 45 minutes of waiting. That explains why there was hardly anyone on the road as they were smart enough to cross on a warmer day.

P1020913For the most part, the drive from Nogales to San Carlos is desolate and there are not many towns to pass through. There are no towns after Hermasillo for 70 miles until we arrive in San Carlos. But every single time we have driven this route there have been solitary men walking along the highway in the middle of nowhere with just a bag and maybe a roll of foam to sleep on and they are always going north. We see them looking through trash on the side of the road for something to eat. So sad and the next time we drive this route I am going to have some bags containing a lunch ready to toss out the window.

P1020921The highway continues to improve every year making the drive so much more enjoyable than in the past.

P1020980Totonaka RV Park is emptier this year than last. We parked in the same site that I had last year on the end behind the office. It wasn’t long before a man came up to chat and remembered seeing me here last year. Funny thing was he also knew about my travel partner refusing to get out of her rig and motion guide me into this back in site. Thankfully, someone else in the park saw this going on and came over to help me out. Several days later when we two ladies arrived in Mazatlan I told her I needed to clear the air and find out the REAL reason for her refusal to help since she kept saying over and over that she was blocking this big aisle. Finally, she said it was because I took a pull through site and left her with the back in site when she had a tow vehicle. All 140 sites in this park are back in and we were next to each other in identical sites for three days and it was obvious. The whole thing was bizarre and I ended up going my own way.

P1020922 2Steve hurried and got us hooked up so that we could go next door to Los Arbolitos to get our free Margaritas. They are very small and of course he ordered another bigger one that we shared. The menu has changed with so many interesting sounding dishes. Steve had chili rellenos made with fish and shrimp and I had a shrimp and cheese taco.  The restaurant has a unique and tasty salsa that is brown made with what I think are roasted onions.

P1020924The restaurant and RV park are across the street from the Sea of Cortez.

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This is our first time in Mexico with a tow car and it is sure going to come in handy. I know that we have missed seeing many places without it before. Today we took the Tracker and explored more of San Carlos. This picture was taken from a lookout called El Mirador.

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There are many gated neighborhoods at the far west end of San Carlos with very nice homes, hotels, and condo buildings

P1020953P1020948 At first I thought this structure was someone’s nice house but it is actually a now closed RV park called El Mirador that had been one of the nicest in Mexico. It overlooks the sea with fantastic views. There just are not as many people coming to Mexico to camp any longer. They don’t know what they are missing.

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There are at least two marinas with a large number of boats in each

P1020942The water is so clear

P1020935P1020949P1020976P1020961P1020960P1020934If you have read my blog for the past four months you know we have been to many places from South Pacific Islands to Australia to New Zealand and then Hawaii. What is my favorite of them all?  Mexico, without a doubt. Why? The food, the weather, the scenery, the culture, but most of all I think it is for the people who are so friendly and down to earth real.


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