Monday, November 10, 2014

Finally getting ready to head SOUTH

We have been planning and packing for the last two weeks. I had a few medical issues taken care of and I now see that the really cold weather is ready to hit our home by Wednesday 11/12/14.

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Everything in our fairly new RV seems to be working OK, and today is mild and sunny for final packing.

I’m taking my WW kayak as usual as I hope to be able to do some river paddling in the Huasteca region of Mexico in the state of San Luis Potosi, near Ciudad Valles.

The rivers down there are worth the visit even though you don’t paddle. They are Turquoise and all have spectacular waterfalls.

There are many tour companies that conduct hiking, rafting, swimming & touring trips.

We hope to meet up with a friend from the Washington DC area who runs kayak trips in the area, Tom McEwan. I hope to paddle with him or his guides for a couple of days while Peggy just enjoys some reading, walking and warm weather.

Our eventual destination is Xpu-Ha 20 mi south of Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo. After enjoying the paddling we will visit Tepetapan RV park in Catemaco, Vera Cruz. Gene Gaudi the campground owner, originally from Chicago, puts on a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner for the campers. He supplies the Turkey.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Yesterday was our annual early Thanksgiving dinner with my family and grandkids. Three of the older kids are away at college while the oldest is in the navy stationed in Bahrain. So we invited three of the kid’s friends to fill in to help eat up all that Turkey.



Peggy and the rest of our family getting ready to dig in.


Our first night we will only get as far as Cincinnati since we plan to stop in Dayton to visit my cousin Kathy Priem who moved down here to be closer to her kids after her husband died last Spring. In Cincinnati we will visit with her daughter Betsy who recently retired from her job at Procter & Gamble. We have been close to the Priem’s for years. I worked at NASA with Kathy’s husband, Dick and our families got into canoeing and kayaking almost 45 years ago. Our families travelled a lot together and had lots of fun. After our visit here, as usual, we will head to Houston to visit with Rich Priem and his family. He always calls me his uncle but I guess he is really my second cousin.


  1. I wish you a safe and uneventful trip. Many friends are heading That way already and I'm a bit envious.Brenda and Gerry and Shirley and Rob are heading down. Ann and Jerry will fly down in January. Right now, Helen and I are planning to spend the winter in Florida, but I may have to make an emergency flight to Cancun during the winter. If I'm desperate enough, I may fly, bus and collectivo down to Xpu-Ha with a tent and a sleeping bag. Enjoy!!!


    1. Comman down, I have room for you in our RV.
      I hope this cold wave doesn't get all the way down to FL.


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