Colorado is our home state, and it is one of the BEST places to see fall colors. Even though we both grew up in Colorado, and we've each seen 20+ Colorado falls already in our lives, this year we got extreme FOMO by having been away from Colorado the past three years during its prime fall season. In our three years of full timing, we've screwed up our fall plans 3/3 years. By this, ...
Even though we’ve been telling our families we wouldn’t be back in Colorado for Thanksgiving this year, we ended up having a film project in Colorado and surprised our families with an unexpected visit home for Thanksgiving. We had a couple days with family, saw a couple friends, and then headed up to Vail to film a snowy winter property. Luckily our friend Jordan had just moved into a place in Vail where we could crash, and although she didn’t have any furniture in there and hadn’t figured out the heat yet, we are happy to take advantage of the price of free anytime. The snow was kind of a shock though after being on the west coast and Mexico beach for a bit though. It made us realize how hard it would be to do a nomadic lifestyle in a colder area, and it could never happen in our current set up. We’re sticking to nomad life in the warmth of Mexico and California for the first few months anyway.
Once back from Colorado, we started our descent into Baja again. No issues at the border this time, but again, we’ve had another change to plan. Originally we planned to make the drive from San Diego to Cabo over a few weeks, hang out in Cabo a bit, and then make a quicker return. Now, the current plan is to make this 1100 mile drive over 4 or 5 days, because we got lucky enough to pick up work in Cabo the first week of December, giving us a deadline to be in Cabo. So we will now plan to extend the drive back up to San Diego so that we can enjoy all the spots we missed on the way down. Doing the drive over 4 or 5 days isn’t that bad, it just means 5-7 hour days. We’ve normally tried not to drive over 4-6 hours anyway in a day to make this lifestyle not get too monotonous with driving, and we try to drive during the day so we can at least enjoy the scenery on our drives.
The first night we stayed about 5 hours south of the border on a nearby beach that was actually surrounded by a few cinder cone volcanoes. We love that we can camp right on the beaches for free in most of Baja, but we do have to be careful not to get ourselves into too deep of sand since our truck is so heavy. We actually passed through some torrential downpours on our way down from San Diego that night, so the sand was actually really easy to drive on. We arrived in the dark but could hear the waves crashing, and in the morning took a walk out to the water. It was still raining and quite cold, so we didn’t stay long and made our way to the next spot near the border into Baja California Sur. The weather had finally cleared up for the next night, and we parked again on a public beach by an old abandoned fishing village, but this time on some low cliffs overlooking a bay. We’ve been trying to arrive to our spots in the daylight so we can enjoy the sunset, but we failed two nights in a row. But we woke up to an amazing sunrise and had to send the drone up to get these images! There’s a short walk from our camp spot to a rock arch where all the sea lions hang out, so we made this walk in the morning and got an amazing view all to our selves.
The next day we crossed all the way over from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez and camped on a beach near Meruge. The most popular beach charges a few bucks to camp, so being our cheap selves, we researched on our ioverlander app and found that the beach right next to it is free and has the same views. Apparently there’s a stingray problem there though, so we didn’t intend on getting in the water. But we did meet our goal of arriving in the daylight, so we were even able to eat dinner on our table outside. We haven’t been able to do that in a very long time, perhaps since our first week of living in the camper, so we enjoyed it until the no-see-em bugs came out.
The fourth day of the drive was the most beautiful while we drove past the Bahia de la Concepcion, one of the bays on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula. The water was stunningly blue and clear and looked like glass it was so still in parts. Across the bay you can see really tall rigid mountains that create so much contrast to the blue water, it creates such a beautiful sight. We had this view for the first hour of the drive, and then we started gaining altitude as we had to go up a pass over some similar mountains.
Our final day we left La Paz and arrived into downtown Cabo san Lucas. We had to try 3 different parking lots before the attendant would let us in because of our size, but were able to park at the cultural center there for 10 pesos an hour while we wanted to check out the classic Lover’s beach. Since we were filming a property in Cabo, we not only wanted to capture some of the lifestyle on film but also enjoy it ourselves. In Cabo we really just wanted to fly the drone to see the Arch, which you can normally only see by boat. When Blake was in Cabo a few years ago with family, they climbed Mt. Solmar to get a view of the whole bay, and we wanted to do this again, but apparently a month prior someone had fallen off a cliff there and sued, so their park rangers were being very strict about hiking the mountain. They had fences up all the way around and a guy in a megaphone yelling for everyone to stop climbing the mountain (because tons of people were still going up and down this mountain all afternoon). We talked to a few locals which explained there was kind of a grey area if the mountain was private or public, and that if we climbed it, we could just ignore the guy and say we don’t speak Spanish, and she told us how to hike along the fence where we didn’t even need to cross over to get to a good view point. Even with others at the viewpoint, the guy with the megaphone ended up being at the top of the mountain and spoke English. He let us stay to fly the drone but wouldn’t let us pass any further. Since were in Mexico, we took a few more liberties on flying the drone farther than we would in the US, and we were able to capture the arch perfectly.
So we made it 1100 miles down the Baja Peninsula really without a hitch. The Baja peninsula only has one major highway from the border to the tip, which we stuck to the entire time. A big hurricane went through the area just a couple months ago, so there were a few areas under construction, but it wasn’t as bad as we heard about right after the hurricane where whole roads were washed out. Everything was still passable. We learned a bit about Mexican drivers and road conditions though. It’s only a two lane highway, and a lot of the semi truck drivers are really overloaded, but they all were very conscious of letting cars behind them pass. Ive never seen such courteous truckers, a they all turned on their signals when the coast was clear to let the cars behind them know. Also, the speed bump situation almost recked our camper. The highway passes through several small towns, where the speed limit reduces, as expected, except there is really minimal signage for slowdowns and we would often run into an unpainted speed bump while going 45 mph still. In other towns there would be painted horizontal lines on the road leading up to a “speed bump,” but then the speed bump would actually just be a painted line, because the town was probably too poor to actually afford to put a speed bump in. However, other towns had these painted lines leading up to an actual speed bump. So the entire drive we were constantly reminding ourselves to slowdown through the small towns, but constantly wondering whether the speed bumps would be fake or real, and on the lookout for any unmarked ones. The seems in the pavement were almost as dangerous as the speed bumps though because there were just so many uneven seems when they had done patches in the road. No major damage, and this was the only unpleasant thing on the drive. We made it the 21 hours by stopping at the most beautiful locations and hidden gem taco spots.
The property we filmed in Cabo was in a very hilly, terraced neighborhood, and we couldn’t believe the camper fit through the streets, let alone was allowed in. This was a very exclusive neighborhood where a lot of celebrities own homes, and we had security guards approaching us the entire weekend questioning who approved us to film. We just love reminding ourselves when we film these luxury properties that we live in a camper- which was so out of place.