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A Map and No Plan

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle, that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” ~ John Steinbeck

A_Map-4Team Lozano

Our departure date for Oaxaca has become something of a moving target. We were meant to be gone over a week ago, but you know how these things go.

First we had to finish out our contracts, then we were waiting on my driver’s license renewal, then…I won’t bore you with all the details-but it got painful. And not because we’re not in a beautiful place, surrounded by friends and family we adore. But because we know it’s always going to be a little bittersweet to say goodbye.

And for all my enthusiasm of driving south to our next destination, I haven’t had the time nor gumption to put together much of a plan.

Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Day One: Leave Plumas County, and make a stop in the Biggest Little City in the World (commonly referred to as Reno.) We need to buy a few camping essentials, such as a solar shower. The plan is to get in and out as quickly as possible, then sleep in Tonopah, Nevada.

Day Two: Drive 5 to 6 hours, with a stop for lunch or a walk at the Hoover Dam, drive a little further and find a place to sleep for the night. (we want to keep this pace the whole trip. Ever spent more than 5 or 6 hours in a car with no air conditioning and a family of four??? We’re cool, but not that cool.) 

Day Three: Drive to Green Valley, and stage to cross the border early the next morning.

Day Four: Cross the border and make it to San Carlos. They have LOTS of uber great deals on boats there, though we aren’t looking to buy anything until we have reached Oaxaca and gotten settled, it’s still fun to look.

Day Five: Start enjoying our road trip, and take our time as we make our way down to our final destination.

And that’s it’s folks. That’s the extent of our plan. Any can’t miss favorites, or recommendations you want to share, we’ll take ’em.

We’ll drive Hwy 15 the rest of the way down (we think.)

I guess I feel like we have laptops, cell phones and maps, and we’ll be checking the traveler’s forums and state department page to make sure we’re  not going anyplace we shouldn’t be.

It’s actually rather exciting to not have much of an agenda, and be able decide that morning how far, or what direction we’ll take.  We are trying to make it to Oaxaca by somewhat early August, but that still leaves a few spacious weeks to ramble along.

Here’s a few pics of the bus, it’s looking pretty ready for an adventure, wouldn’t you say?

A_Map-8Candlelight for the perfect nighttime ambiance.
A_Map-9Seriously, the nighttime sky in Plumas County is pretty magical.
Tiffiney Lozano is the creator of the Mama Said Project and two crazy humans. She offers workshops for women craving connection with themselves and the world around them. After 18- months of continuous travel she and her family are finding adventure in the everyday from the comfort and beauty of their home in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe.
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  • July 21, 2015, 12:07

    Tiffiney.. this looks like the perfect road trip! I have to drop the taco recommendation if you happen to meander west to San Diego. Juanitas in Encinitas is an old flame, and the Brigantine has a killer happy hour (w/ the best fish tacos ever) & overlooks the Del Mar Racetrack… Have fun!
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    • July 23, 2015, 7:56

      Ah that’s sounds awesome Samantha! But alas we are driving through the the Arizona desert toward Nogales.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Excited to read about your newest adventures as a new mama!

  • July 21, 2015, 11:02

    I could not drive for anything over 3 hours now – with toddler in tow, kudos to you both. I can’t wait to read about Oaxaca and everything you see along the way. Safe driving guys xx
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    • July 23, 2015, 8:00

      There have been highs and lows Emma! But mamas packing vodka- so it’s all manageable! Lol!

  • July 21, 2015, 6:19

    Wow – what an adventure! Are both you and Diego spontaneous trippers like this? I feel like we all have varying levels of comfort with leaving things up to how the day goes, and (at least in my case) both members of a couple aren’t typically matched like this! Can’t wait to see what happens next!
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    • July 22, 2015, 12:58

      Julie our couple lacks the voice of reason. Between the two of us-
      I’m the more reserve and calculating. Diego being impulsive has tempered my wild side- or maybe it’s being a mom now…I don’t know. My kids probably keep us alive : )
      Excited to watch you blow up this travel blogging thing! Rocking it girl!

  • July 20, 2015, 8:56

    Now, you’ve completely neglected “broken air filter by the Nevada Test Site” and “tantrums by ten.” seriously, so jealous as I sit rocking on SeaRoad in our little slip on the bay with the wind in the rigging. everyone’s rigging…only place I would recommend NOT missing is camping in Organ Pipe NM and border crossing there. amazing stars at night. Miss you all, already❤️⚓️

  • July 20, 2015, 6:45

    Good luck, friend! What a bunch of memories you are about to make!
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    • July 20, 2015, 6:47

      Thanks Jennifer! Next year I want to come to BlogHer with you! Looks like you had a fantastic time 🙂

  • July 20, 2015, 6:06

    woohoo – Tiffiney! (it’s Lisa from BB group). How exciting! So wonderful to not have things planned out to the last detail. Don’t worry, you’ll be on the road soon. Sounds difficult to say goodbye though. Safe travels!
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    • July 20, 2015, 6:27

      Thanks Lisa- I’m glad I’m not the only one who flys by the seat of her pants : )
      Thanks for stopping by!!

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