Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The LAST Road Trip - From San Miguel de Allende to Houston and BACK!

These are not very good photos but I always love the sight
of the mountain range north of Monterrey - especially when I'm coming back into Mexico.

After having been in flat, flat Houston, it is nice to be reminded of topography other then swamp land.

Don't laugh but I took these photos going at least 70 MPH (probably much more) and
just reached out with my trusty Panasonic Lumix and snapped.  No they are not as
clear as a good camera, but what the heck, you get the idea.

The trip to Houston managed to check off all the boxes -
(1) I can see again.
(2) I now know all the stuff wrong with my car
(you don't want to hear it all, I promise)
(3) I managed to celebrate, enjoy and cook for Hannah and Andrew on their 16th birthday along with seeing my wonderful granddaughter Jessica who was home from college.
(4) I did NOT get to see hardly anyone as, (a) I brought the wrong US cell phone with me and couldn't call anyone, and (b) the weather definitely did NOT cooperate
(5) I DID get to hear some awesome music and hang out with some radical (that's a joke) people.

Gone for a little over two weeks, it is always nice to leave traffic behind, the fast pace of Houston and return to the sound of the church bells every morning, the birds, and some mornings even a few fireworks (that's a joke too).

Some day I'll take my annual calendars for the last 13 years, add up all the trips I've made back and forth.
I'll report the tens of thousands of miles I've traveled with nary an incident except for one blown out tire which was hastily changed by a young man on the road!

All this rhetoric about how dangerous the roads of Mexico are is just "poppy cock".
And, I'm here to tell you so!
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Anonymous said...

Babs, those photos of the Monterrey mountains are terrific! You got two of the best shots ever of La Silla de Apodaca--I'm impressed. Congrats!


Babs said...

Really? I'm just a "point and shoot" photographer going over 70MPH but I SO love that view! It always makes my heart flip........

Thanks Cristina

Anonymous said...

I read your comment on Steve's blog. I'm glad you got a second opinion on your eyes. And I had to laugh about the comment, "and now I can see things that need to be cleaned in my casa, a definite double edged sword."

Hopefully your Mexican mechanic is better than your Mexican eye doctor.


Kim G
Boston, MA
Where we never hear fireworks in the morning. Good thing, that.

Babs said...

Yes, Kim, I'm glad I didn't accept his comments! My mechanic is amazing but I don't know if he can find all the parts. As long as I just drive the car around San Miguel for a while, I'll be fine.
After driving so much, I hardly want to think of even getting in it! ha.
R U still in DF? Did you have fun?

amy ramirez said...

Hi, I have been following your blog a bit and my husband and I are planning to move to his home town just an hour and half +/- away from you. Just wondering what your recommendations are for driving in Mexico as we have 4 kids. I'm am not the skiddish type but wondered if you felt safe driving? Thanks so much and I just love reading your blog.

Babs said...

Amy, thanks for writing. I drive alone all the time. I never speak Spanish, which limits attempts at conversation, if necessary and I NEVER feel unsafe.
I think you, your children and your husband will be just fine.
I also NEVER drive after dark and stay on the toll roads......
My son is raising his children in Mexico as are many, many others. It is an expanding way to raise children with less materialism and more focus on interacting with others. I highly recommend it.
Glad you enjoy the blog, Amy Happy New Year!

amy ramirez said...

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I really appreciate it. I try never to take travel advice from scaredy cats who go no where. :) Have a wonderful new year!

Babs said...

Amy, good luck and happy trails.