Tuesday, March 27, 2012

¿Donde Esta La Playa?

We made it; we are finally here in a small Mexican surf town called Sayulita. Sayulita is just like Steamboat sunny and beautiful. Instead of the great view of the mountains covered in snow, we get to look at the amazing beach, sand, and the ocean. People are very helpful and friendly. Instead of skis and snowboards they carry around their surfboards. Time is of no concern. If you can’t get to it today, there is always manana…
Sayulita, Mx
Bill and Maya Cruising
We arrived to Sayulita on Monday evening, March 12th and have been here enjoying the beach and the warm weather. We are camping in our friends backyard in a big tent we nicknamed “Taj Mahal.” Our friends, Bill, Anne, and Maya are also from Steamboat; they have been in Mexico since June 2011 and they have been very helpful to us. Maya is an awesome kid; at four years old she swims like a fish, speaks Spanish, and has a ton of energy. Que chica! She even tried our stand up paddle boat and did great.

Life is easy here in Sayulita. We get up when we want or whenever the roosters get us up; there are literally hundreds of them living behind “Taj Mahal” in the neighborhood running around. Aaron says that one of these days we will have rooster for dinner. Later we go for a run or walk on the beach, pick up pastries and fruit on the way back, make smoothies for breakfast, and go to the beach again to surf or paddle board till late afternoon. We read books, study Spanish, check our emails, upload pictures, grab tacos and beer for dinner, and then go to bed. Next day… we get to do it all over again. We never knew life could be that easy!

It took us a while to get to our destination, but the long months of preparation and a few weeks of driving finally paid off. We left Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Monday, February 27th in the morning. It was about three degrees Fahrenheit when we got in our black Nissan Pathfinder and left our friend Jim’s house (he was very nice to let us stay with him for a couple of months while we were getting ready for our trip). We were wearing our puffy jackets, fleece pants, and gloves, and we could barely fit in the truck with all our belongings and the surfboard in the middle. Right after we left, we had to make a stop at our storage unit in Steamboat; we realized we had to drop some weight and leave some things behind. Eleven hours later we were shedding layers as we crested the hill and saw the sparkly lights of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Baby!!!

Hair Cut time by the pro, not really
We stayed in Vegas with Aaron’s uncle Mark and his wife Rebecca for over a week enjoying some quality time with them. It turns out they have done the same thing 25 years ago; they lived out of their van, the Vanyo, in Mexico for four months. In Las Vegas we got the truck ready for our trip; purchased new tires, windshield, new battery, tinted the windows, and again repacked our belongings (more of that to come). It’s amazing how much you can actually fit into a small SUV! “This will be our home for the next several months” we thought.

Our next stop was the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is