I am glancing out the window every few minutes to see if I can catch a glimpse of the green trailblazer pulling into the trailer park. Matt is coming back from Guatemala this morning, and I can’t wait to see him. I am anxious to get out of Guadalajara and get back on the road again. To keep myself busy, I am putting contact paper on the shelves. The boys are playing outside, being crazy and getting dirty, but I don’t care.
Finally I hear a truck and look out the window and there he is, driving in with a big smile on his face. “Papa, Papa,” the boys yell. It’s only been two weeks but it feels like a lot longer. We have so much to talk about. While we were visiting friends and family in Anchorage, he has been in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, looking at sailboats.
The day before we got on a plane to come back to Mexico, he put in an offer on a sailboat. The offer was accepted. Soon we will be proud owners of a 43-foot Montevideo sailboat named Beatrice. It is a beautiful, fully loaded, blue-water cruiser.
What does this mean for our trip? How will we get to Guatemala and when will we go sailing? Our day is a jumble of catching up, grocery shopping, serious conversations, unpacking, putting on the new jacks, and dealing with children.
The next morning, we pack up our stuff, hitch up, and pull out of the trailer park. We aren’t sure where we are going to camp that night, but we know we have to go east to get around Mexico City. We still have a long road ahead of us to get to Guatemala! We will figure out the details along the way.
It turns out that there are not that many places to camp between Guadalajara and Mexico City. Our iOverlander app has a campsite at a national park near the highway, which sounds great, but it is a bit longer than we want to drive. We decide to go anyway. Unfortunately, Google maps really underestimates the speed at which a trailer with toddlers can travel.
It’s also not the best with Mexican back roads. We take a significant detour through some farm roads and small villages after missing a turn. It is really interesting to see how life off the beaten path looks like in rural Mexico. The kids look at us with wide eyes and even the dogs seem to ask what we were doing there.
It is getting late by the time we finally find the park. It is Saturday and there are tons of local families enjoying the high pine forest, small pond, and playgrounds. The kids are super excited about the playground and since they have been cooped up in the car all day, I take them to play while Matt sets up the trailer.
We are exhausted after our long first day driving, but excited to be on the road again and headed towards our new boat. We are tingling with excitement as we dip deeper into our adventure!