!No Dias Malos en Mulegé!

We bought a sticker for Winnie saying there are no bad days in Mulegé and we have certainly found this to be true.  One of the things I like best about slow travel is Kathy and I get to choose how long to stay in one place.  Depending on how well we like a spot we may stay overnight or months. 

It says a lot about Huerta Don Chano RV Park in Mulegé that we are still here after two weeks.  This is a great place!  We have excellent Wifi, electrical and water hook ups, and a sanitation dump. The price is perfect for us, a mere 200 pesos  ($10) a night.  The owner, Manuel, is kind, helpful  and a great resource for services in Mulegé. This place is more than an RV park, there are houses and mobile homes for rent and even land available for building your own home. Some people live here year round, its a warm and friendly community. Best of all the park is right on the Mulegé River, a beautiful waterway leading to the Sea of Cortez  (a pleasant hour’s walk away).

Mulegé central is about a 30 minute walk from the RV park. Its a tiny town with no grocery store, usable ATM or major attractions. But it’s lovely, charming and friendly with great hilly streets for walking.  There are a few restaurants, hotels, a pharmacy and a sundries store.   There is a beautiful town square and a small museum. We shop at the local mercado and there is an abundance of fresh, affordable food. We use the services at the excellent Claudia’s laundry.  We enjoy the slow paced, simple days here.

The Rotary Club is quite active in Mulegé.  They host lots of activities which then support the local fire department, optometry care and other charitable entities.  We really enjoyed their annual pig racing event.  There was a great band, tasty food and I even won 30 pesos.  I bet on “Swine Flew” and she came in first!

There are lots of retired folks in Mulegé, from the U.S. and Canada. The great weather, affordable prices and natural beauty explains why. We leave this delightful place tomorrow, heading further south.  I know we will return some day.  Perhaps you will consider a visit too. We’d love to hear about it!


Las Ballenas!

When I think about whale watching in the United States I think of a big boat, high above the water with at least 100 other people aboard.   I remember getting terribly sea sick and not seeing one whale!  Whale watching in Baja California, Mexico was an entirely different experience.  Our little boat had a maximum capacity of 10 people.  We sat right on the water close enough to trail our fingers in it if we wanted. We didn’t, because the waters were full of blue jellyfish. 

I was still leary of sea sickness so we waited for a really calm day. We set out from the pier at Laguna Ojo de Liebre.  This is one of only three places in the world where grey whales come to have their babies!  You could see them spouting from our campsite so we knew we were sure to see them up close and personal. 

We certainly did!  Hundreds of whales were in the laguna that day. They say the whales are very curious and like to show off their babies.  Our captain took us out about  half a mile and then killed the motor.  As we sat, the whales came closer and closer.  Enormous whales, longer and bigger than the boat, came with their babies. Several went directly under the boat. One even bumped us!


BOLT en Mexico: Semana Dos

Our second week in Mexico has been one of great beauty, small inconveniences and lots of kindness. I’m writing while sitting at the laundromat in Guerrero Negro.  4 loads of laundry will take about 5 hours because while there were 4 washing machines there is only one working dryer.  But that’s giving me a chance to visit with my new friend, Osiris.

Osiris is 13 and when she’s not in school she helps her mom at the laundromat. She is very helpful and smart. We talked about our plans to visit Los Cabos and she shared with me how beautiful they are.  She is also really interested in life in Los Angeles. I did my best to answer her questions in my limited Spanish. 

Guerrero Negro is a really cool little town.  We had to return here because our travels south revealed no working ATMs or gas stations that accept credit cards for almost 200 miles. Rather than chance running out of money we came back here for banking and gas.

But look where we came back from! The little town of San Ignacio was like a step back in time. A beautiful church, lovely town square and quaint shops…no internet, banks, ATMs, etc but we definitely want to return for a longer visit, next time with plenty of cash.  We won’t assume or take for granted ATMs again. 

Before returning to Guerrero Negro we spent the night, just outside San Ignacio, at this lovely RV park.  We were parked right on the river and woke to all sorts of birds. There were horses running free all over the area. Another place on our definite return to list.

Another little inconvenience that turned into a blessing this week was our generator broke down.  We visited 3 repair spots and were told 3 times that it couldn’t be fixed. One kind mechanic actually fixed another problem before sending us on our way.  In the small town of Vizcaino there is a hotel and RV park.  We decided to stay there for the night. I told the manager about our generator problem. She got on the phone, called a friend and he actually came to us. The next day our generator was as good as new. If you are ever in Vizcaino, I highly recommend Hotel Kadekaman. Beautiful surroundings, great hot showers and wonderful management! 

BOLT loves serendipitous travel. Today Kathy noticed what looked like a small village on the outskirts of Guerrero Negro. Colorful houses topped with lots of crosses caught her eye so we drove towards them. Turned out to be the Guerrero Negro cemetery.  It’s very different from anything I’ve ever seen. There were really fancy houses as final resting places as well as completely humble graves. It was amazingly peaceful and touching to see how folks chose to honor their departed loved ones. 

So, that’s our week.  Thanks for letting me share it with you. We are still moving slowly south down beautiful Baja, hoping for whales soon and whatever adventures come our way. Have questions, comments, suggestions? We love hearing from you. Comment here or write us at boltraveling@gmail.com

!Seis Dias en Mexico!

Today is our sixth day in Mexico. We have been without internet for the previous four days.  No internet or cell service but wonderous vistas, magnificent coastline, frolicking dolphins, kind and helpful people and the blessing of safe travels. Here are our six days in pictures. 

Day  1: We entered Mexico through the Calexico-Mexicali border station.  3 hours later we arrived at the town of San Felipe,right on the Sea of Cortez.  We spent the day walking around this sleepy little tourist town and spent the night safely in Winnie. It’s so nice having our home on wheels, we can just park and go to sleep. 

Day 2: The next morning we headed out for the tiny town of Puertecitos. Really it’s just a little fishing village.  We found a lovely spot in a fishing camp,right on the beach. We woke up to the fishermen launching their boats and the sound of lively music. 

Day 3: From Puertecitos we wanted to head south traveling along the Pacific. Little did we know that we would encounter the worst detour ever! 30 kilometers of rutted, rocky, dusty dirt road!  Our Minnie Winnie is not made for this kind of driving but Kathy slowly and carefully guided her along.  It took 3 hours to go 30 kilometers  (20 miles) but we made it!  Instead of heading to the Pacific, as planned, we decided to rest in the town of Bahia de los Angeles,  still on the Sea of Cortez side.  We made the right choice!

Day 4: Bahia de los Angeles was paradise!  We found a campground right on the beach.  We spent our days walking, reading and watching dolphins and pelicans.

Day 5: I ended up with a little cold and I can’t imagine a better place to be sick then parked in Winnie, looking out at the beautiful sea. 

Day 6: (Today) We left idyllic Bahia de los Angeles for a beautiful drive down Mexico Highway 1.  We are now on the Pacific Ocean side and will be spending a couple of weeks here in Guerrero Negro. Lots to see and do here and the town has pretty good internet and cell service. We had our first great Mexican meal at the Las Cazuelas Restorante. There will be a whale festival here soon. Tomorrow we are going to find a spot on the beach,  not sure if we will have service there. BOLT will definitely keep you posted as often as we can…and you know we love hearing from you!


!Adios Estados Unidos!

I am writing this post as we sit (comfortably in our Minnie Winnie RV) in a Walmart parking lot in the border town of Calexico, California. In the morning we will cross over into Mexico. 

January 20th will be a sad day for our nation and we decided we did not want to be in the USA on the day when Trump becomes president. We know that it is a great privilege to be able to make this decision.  Many of you must stay…to work, to care for children or elders and to fight. My son, Malcolm, and many other brave folks will be in Washington protesting. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him and with all of you.  The struggle will continue but for now BOLT is continuing our world travels. 

We are very excited about traveling through Baja California and seeing all the beautiful of the Mexican coast.  We are going to attend a Whale festival,  eat delicious food and enjoy the beaches and the sun. We may even go into mainland Mexico and all the way to Belize. 

We are going to post lots of pictures, share positive stories of love and encouragement and keep reminding you that America is beautiful still!  We’d love to see you on our travels, let us know if you’d like to meet up somewhere along the way. 


BOLT Reviews: Quartzsite, Arizona 

Not far from the California – Arizona border lies the tiny town of Quartzsite, AZ.  Tiny as in 3,600 permanent residents.  During the winter months Quartzsite becomes home to the largest gathering of RVers in the world.  Largest as in over 300,000 RV visitors! 

RV enthusiasts come from all over the country, especially “snow birds” from the colder states. As new RV owners, Of course Kathy and I wanted to check it out.

There is a beauty and serenity to the desert that I have always loved.  I felt it as soon as we found the perfect spot in the La Posa Campground to park Winnie.  It’s on United States Bureau of Land Management land. For $40 we can stay for 2 weeks, which includes water and a spot to dump our holding tanks.  For the  $40 we can also move around to any of the other 6 BLM campgrounds.

There’s lots to see and do in Quartzsite if you like swap meet/flea market style shopping.And there are plenty of quirky characters like this group of street musicians. 

We took long, lovely walks every day into town. 

There are of course, lots of RVs and accessories on sale.

Some of them are really amazing and we had fun being looky loos.

We also arrived just in time for the annual Gem and Mineral Show.  It was wonderful walking around soaking up the energy and beauty.

We really enjoyed our stay, so far, I Quartzsite.  We got to try out the solar panel for the first time. It works great!  We’ll be in the Arizona area for a while more. Looking forward to a visit to Lake Havasu (50 miles away) and to sharing more of our travels with you.

A New Year and a New Look for Winnie!

The Winnebago Company did an excellent job making our 1994 Minnie Winnie a compact, functional home on wheels. We are very happy with our tiny home. However, like any homeowners we wanted to put our own touches and make Winnie a true reflection of the BOLT spirit. 

For reasons I can not fathom Winnie came with a very light blue carpet. Although the sellers did a great job of carpet cleaning the old spots and dirt quickly returned.  We added dirt and spills of our own. No matter how I tried the carpet looked terrible. It makes no sense to me that a vehicle designed for outdoor adventures should have carpet!

Our dear friend Djembe Jan Nicholson came to the rescue.  Who knew that in addition to being a master drummer and fabulous artist, Jan knows how to install floors!  We picked out a beautiful, waterproof laminate and Jan got to work.

Kathy and I even got to help.  Yep! That’s me using a skill saw.  It was hard work as RVs have lots of nooks, crannies, bumps and grooves that regular houses don’t have.  But Jan got the job done!

We are so happy with our beautiful and practical new floor.  We’ve also added some other Halili Akoma/BOLT touches. 

My awesome, creative wife is transforming our plain, white ceiling with this cloth from Malaysia. 

Our dear friend, Katrice Jackson, gifted us with this wonderful sacred box taken from the tattoos Kathy and I both have.

Our tiny bedroom is decorated with the cloth we were wrapped in on our wedding day and the window is draped with the symbolic threshold we crossed on that day.

We’ve had lots of fun decorating, spending time with friends and family and getting Winnie road ready.  Tomorrow we embark on our next adventure. We look forward to sharing it with you and please…share your adventures, comments and questions with us.