Remember the good, old days when you went to the beach to party and get a tan? Well sad to say, at my age the most important thing I plan to accomplish at the beach in Puerto Penasco is hiring folks to inexpensively fix up my RV. I spend a busy two weeks lining up painters, interior and exterior detailers. A little exhausted after the drive back, I am pleased that my rig sure looks great!
Before and After
Leyman and Jane had their RV completely re-painted down here a couple of years ago and it is still very shiny. I am anxious to get the clear coat repaired around my roof and the popped off paint edges on my slide smoothed down. Lucky for me there are so few visitors in the park, the painters start on my work right away. They sand, tape and prep quickly but windy conditions make it tricky to schedule the paint part of the job. A sort of calm day arrives and workers scurry to get all the paint applied before the winds rip off the paper again. That part of the work is complete with plenty of time left for a complete wash, wax and polish before I leave.
The interior detailing includes washing the inside from the ceiling to the floors, shampooing carpets, cleaning all fans and lights, oiling the woodwork, washing windows and more! These hard workers also clean and treat the leather seating inside with something that makes it as soft as butter and so much cleaner that it was. In case you are wondering, all of the work I have done totals less than $1700. That and about $100 worth of Mexican souvenirs make for a perfect trip in my opinion!
I can’t say enough good things about the people I dealt with in Puerto Penasco. Service was great, food delectable and everyone was extremely courteous and respectful. Their economy has been hit hard by the fact that the Canadians who usually swarm here in the winter could not come this year. I do not realize that American yard sales just north of the border are a major source of affordable goods for the folks in this town. I strike up a conversation with a talkative vendor lady who explains to me the economic problems the locals face. Because travel north of the border is not currently permitted from Mexico unless you are a US citizen returning to the US, the suppliers no longer can bring these items back. As a result, she struggles to find household items like house fans that she needs.
The only negative experience we have on this trip occurs as we travel through the town of Sonoyta just before we reach the border headed home. Leyman gets stopped for running a hidden traffic sign. One that has a policeman standing conveniently beside it to walk up and give tickets out as each vehicle drives through. Jim receives a bogus speeding ticket. To avoid a detour to the local police station to pay the correct fine, both cough up double the published fine to pass through. I slip through the corrupt gauntlet unscathed and am thrilled to successfully maneuver the tight, twisty concrete maze entering the US. From the black marks all over the barriers at each turn, I am alarmed to think that my new paint job may be damaged.
Picture Perfect Visit
Lastly, I promised the video guide below for RV travelers headed to Puerto Penasco. While not very entertaining, it may contain helpful info if you plan to make this trip in an RV.