After spending the winter in our home in Puerto Vallarta we began to get RV withdrawals and we were ready for another road trip like the one we took last summer to California which can also be seen on my blog at California RV Road Trip. So on May 11th 2014 we set out from Houston in our Fleetwood Discovery headed for the Florida Keys along with my mother and our 5 dogs!
Our previous road trips across the border served to be a realization of how much we are influenced by the negative media and how damaging this sensationalism can be on so many levels to the Mexican people and our international relations. So I decided to video blog our adventure so you can see for yourself.
After recent years of sensationalism around the “dangers” of Mexico, promoted by the American media, we decided to find out for ourselves. Considering we had recently bought a home south of the border and quickly assimilated into the expat community in Puerto Vallarta, we were meeting more and more people who drove back and forth every year despite the horror stories the media fed us on a regular basis including U.S. Secretary of State travel warnings urging it’s citizens not to travel to Mexico.
So I thought, what better way to document the trip then by video? I, like most American’s did not know what to expect once we crossed that forbidden border. Would we be entering a war zone filled with banditos down desolate dirt roads lurking behind cactus bushes, just waiting to rape and pillage? One could only hope! So with our GPS in hand we coral the puppies, load up our luxury SUV filled to the rim with illegal imports and fake receipts. We figured if we were going to do it, we were going all the way. We couldn’t of looked any gayer if we tried, not to mention we were two men traveling with four prissy dogs with pink bedazzled collars. I think we were both secretly hoping for a full body cavity search at the border! I had my poppers in hand just in case.
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to mingle with the locals. Eat where they eat, shop where they shop, and most important, I enjoy getting to know the people who live there. I like hearing people’s stories and how their path in life was carved, bringing them to where they are today. Oprah Winfrey, one of my favorite people in this world, once said, “Everyone has a story”