Published: July 19th 2009July 19th 2009
Annie & Chad
Newlyweds off to a great adventure in Mexico.
We have returned from Guadalajara with some wonderful memories of a beautiful countryside and good people met along the way. The purpose of this trip was to move our daughter, Annie, down to Guadalajara to join her husband, Chad, who is enrolled in a medical internship there. Annie will be teaching 3rd grade in a private school there. Thus, the loaded pick-up truck and 30 hrs of driving (one way) in two days with three adults in the front seat was actually fun but exhausting :)
Chad did take us around to see the sights the first day we were there, but the rest of the time we spent helping Annie get her new home cleaned and set up. I did attempt to post a blog at a very swanky Starbucks but had muy technical problems and finally gave up. I will try again to post some pictures and add a little commentary on this entry.
A few things you should know about traveling by car in Mexico:
1) It was perfectly safe! At no time did we feel like we were in a dangerous situation.
2) Stick to the toll roads and it is practically like driving
"Great Wall" of Mexico
Does this wall look like it would really keep anyone out? Going across the border into Mexico was extremely easy. We had worried that we would have to undo the tarp and open boxes but the guards just waved us on through.
in the states. The roads were in very good condition.
3) Make sure you get a vehicle permit when you cross the border - even if they tell you to keep going. This small problem caused us a few extra hours of aggravation trying to work through the bureacracy in Guaymas.
4) The hotels we stayed at were clean and resonable. Not a lot of extras but all the necessities.
5) Our "Lonely Planet - Mexico" book was invaluable when we had questions.
We found the people welcoming and the scenery varied and beautiful. We drove through everything from high desert, semi-tropical forrests, volcanic fields, mango orchards, coastal highways, large cities and quaint towns. I have a new appreciation for our neighbors to the south. If you ever decide to plan your own adventure to the South call me and I will give you some additional tips. Hope you are all having a great summer. Don't let 2009 pass without planning one great adventure for yourself - even if it is exploring your own backyard. Hasta la vista! Patty (aka Mom, Grandma, Ms. Ellsworth)
There are more photos below