Beyond Beaches

Beyond Beaches

I used to be a beach guy. I lived on the beach in Pto. Escondido, Oaxaca. Now I prefer more complex scenery. Perhaps it’s age (a blessing I neither expected nor deserved), but now I have a more nuanced view of life and Mexico. Mexico’s beaches attract most of her first-time tourists, so hooray for beaches. As addicting as beaches are, you too, will someday long for more than white powder and pounding surf. Come with me and I’ll prepare you for that day of awakening. Discovering Mexico can lead to discovering yourself.

There’s nothing inherently inferior about preferring beaches. We all like what we like. That’s cool. I like beaches too. My mission is not to denigrate beach loving, but to encourage appreciation of the many other attributes Mexico has to offer. There’s way more to Mexico and I’d like to introduce you to the Mexico between the coasts. Occasionally, I will dally for a while on a beach, so you won’t have to go cold turkey beachless. I know that breaking an addiction to that white powder can be tough, so I will help wean you off it.

In my extensive travels about Mexico, mostly by driving, I now gravitate to mountains, forests, waterfalls, hot springs and offbeat, less visited natural attractions.

As I begin my most recent journey, though I travel without a plan, I do have some vague ideas about where I will end up. Well, sorta. I don’t make a habit of sticking to a plan or schedule.

Adventure (and enlightenment) come when you least expect them. I am always ready to zig when the plan called for a zag. I have few regrets in life, but most of them stem from the times when I didn’t follow serendipity.

Though I appreciated the press trips I was invited on, back when I was a Somebody in the travel writing world, they were tough on me. Keeping to a grueling schedule was, well, grueling.

Today I’m no longer a Big Shot, I  travel on my own dime and, while I stay in more modest hotels, I meet more interesting people. There’s a time and place for all things. Now is the time of discovery. Now I can share these adventures with you.

If meandering and finding great adventures beyond the next turn excite you, then you’ll enjoy this blog and my website. Even if you don’t travel that way yourself, you’ll probably enjoy reading them.

Life is truly an adventure for all of us. The scope of the adventure is different for each one of us, but we can all live to our potential and enjoy what we have, when we have it. It’s in that spirit that I write and share with you.

May you always find a warm wind at your back, the open road with sunshine and blue skies before you and a trusted companion at your side. Mike.

29 thoughts on “Beyond Beaches

  1. Mike, would you drive Juarez to Mazatlan on the newer highway or Nogales on down to
    Lo de Marcos? I have an extra seat in the truck and you are invited to come with. Plan on
    hot springing and would like to show you a hidden spring unmolested on a river Mascota Jal.
    Via con Dios

  2. Hi Mike, I’m going to mexico (riviera maya) in a couple weeks for a family vacation, I have four years clean in NA and was wondering if you could help me in finding a meeting in a safe area, I’m struggling to find info online anywhere. Thanks!

  3. Hello Mike, I am on a trip to Mexico but now have some concerns, as I have a late model diesel Dodge Sprinter. I have read several Mexican publications on line that say that both Monterrey and Guadalajara, in addition to Mexico City have UBA. I’m willing to restrict my trip and pick a route to go through these cities to pick up UBA. Could you tell me if this is true? I am in Brownsville, TX now and am actually considering just driving down to Monterrey to check! Thanks, Val

  4. Mike Im from Mexico and love it . Ive always enjoyed the drive. I live in the states now and want to take the family by car. My car has US plates with the recent troubles you dont think Ill have problems?

  5. Mike, my wife and I are very seriously considering a move to Mexico. Not for economics nor sunshine, not exclusively. I have a friend who runs a farm in Chiapas. He loves the country, culture, and people. Just wanted to inquire about a few good places to live in the beginning of this journey and about employment or perhaps some employment websites. Thank you. We would also like to experience one of your renowned road trips as will we be driving. Thanks again.

  6. Mike I am back in San Fernando, Tamps. with hunters. Everything safe, great hunts.
    We opened for White Wing, Quail, Ducks and Geese. We are looking forward to a great season.

  7. Hey Mike,
    Wonderful blog you’ve got going on there. The tips on obtaining a TIP came handy from the get go – as a matter of fact, I am writing this as I wait for Banjercito in N Laredo to fix their computers so we can pay and continue on our way to Patagonia. We will be spending the next few months in MX – I will be revisiting your blog for tips and suggestions while in MX. Thanks!

  8. Mike,
    I’ve been to Coahuila a number of times on mission trips. I then got interested in buying a ranch just 2 hours south of the border and cooled to the idea 6 years ago when things heated up in Piedras Negras and Acuna.
    What’s your best guess, are things safe there, enough to buy a cattle property?
    Thanks for your response.
    Cary
    Austin, Texas

  9. Hi mike, I have four guys in a extra long van that weights 9100 lbs and they won’t give them a permit in la Paz to go to mainland. Do you know why.. They say it’s a weight restriction… But a Rv weights more do they permit them?

  10. Mike, planning a trip to San Felipe with eight other RV’ers and taking our “Off Road” vehicles.
    My question to you is, should I be concerned about my personel RV and Trailer, which is overall 65feet long. 13′ 4” tall and has a very bright paint job? This unit sticks out like a sore thumb! Yes I”ll have plenty of Mexican Ins. But this is my, Baby! I just don’t want to add any
    negatives to the overall trip. Your opinion would be most appreciated.

  11. Hello, Mike:

    Love your vibe (which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said before).

    I found your site through my periodic googles of Rio Caliente. I adored the place, and have never found a substitute. (Though the customers of later years were less congenial than earlier, the water and the facilities were still my ideal–the only “spa” services of interest to me were the mud baths).

    Do you have any other hot springs to recommend for a traveler from New York City on a limited budget?

    Thanks for whatever info you can provide.

    Love you, Mike!

    • Thanks, Ruth. In fact there are several hundred hot springs (but not spas) in Mexico, most less expensive by far than Rio Caliente was. The states of Michoacan, Hidalgo, Puebla have the most, followed by Aguascalientes, Durango, Chihuahua. Follow my FB posts as I am taking off for a hot springs trip to give me some relief from my psoriasis.

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