Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

This is my front step right now! 😵

I’ve been in San Felipe for 2 weeks and we’re heading south soon to hit Guerrero Negro, Mulege, and every other part we can feast our eyes on throughout this beautiful peninsula*

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface and this has already been one of my favorite RV adventures. The pace of life here is whatever you make of it. The culture is a brand new experience. The food is crazy cheap and delicious.

Next up are whales, maybe some hot springs, orange filled groves, and hopefully catching up with friends who are all over the Baja peninsula ahead of us! *must have cell service ;)

This is my front step...

Hello, I am a poncho with legs and this is my cactus friend, Big-Prick. 😛

Hello, I am a poncho...

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get my dog to look at the camera on the beach... futile. 😂 It’s windy today but we’ve have some perfect weather and I’m in fricking love with just lazing here - Trixi is too.

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get...

My beach baby 💜

My beach baby 💜

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for a moment, that we’ve traded physical bodies?
That you now live in mine and I now live in yours?
How would your assumptions and preconceived notions about me feel, if you now lived in my body - one I didn’t choose?

And how would you feel about me knowing your body as well?

I encourage this trading-places experiment because, in the last year, I’ve really felt the weight of how a preconceived notion can impact so many little areas of life, and the beach has helped to reflect on this a bit more and figure out how to say this.

Sure, I often feign goofiness and fun to avoid intimidating others (because that’s what we’re conditioned to do, when us vag-owners are capable of such scary things as installing solar and changing tires, right?) but let’s be serious for a second - please evaluate how you view young women (yes, even you, my fellow chicas) - and whether you think of us as peers or as [insert assumption based on your own fears and insecurities and conditioning.. pick your poison.] Millennial women are a valid population whether you like it or not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Yes, even the partying, the too-pretty-to-be-friends-with, the too-quiet-and-weird, the dont-wear-enough-makeup, the wear-too-much-makeup, and the constantly-instagramming women.

I guess my point is really that whatever crutch you use to write us off, is your issue... not ours. Sure it’s easy to validate your projections when you make them someone else’s problem - esp. when societal norms back you up - which is why I really want to ask you to try to trade places with me and whatever assumptions you have about my life as a millennial, female digital nomad, and ask yourself if they still feel valid.

I didn’t choose this age or this body. So is it still fair to be respected or taken seriously any less than anyone else? Ex.. a 45 yr old white male lawyer? 🤔

Just something that has been on my mind. We’ gonna live a satisfying life either way. So are you gonna join us in having fun, drinking margs, etc while still rocking business and technical shit, or do ya just wanna sit in your blindfold and keep acting surprised each time we display multifaceted capabilities?

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for...

Buenos dias desde San Felipe 🤩 We had a nice morning walk on the beach and Trixi enjoyed digging at clam bubbles for a bit... until she talked @_skych’s Scout into running around like hooligans and murdering a large seagull in broad daylight. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Other than that, it was a peaceful coffee-and-sunshine laden morning.

Buenos dias desde San Felipe...

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5 Comments
  • Leslie
    July 4, 2013

    This Etsy Seller has stolen one of your pictures:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/154157630/deep-blue-nail-polish-by-makeupdork?ref=correlated_featured

    • Hannah
      July 5, 2013

      Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! What an unfortunate picture to steal… and what a great eye you have to notice that it’s mine! <3 Thanks again - I'll be contacting Etsy about it (though the process doesn't seem easy.) Oi vey!

      • Teresa
        September 22, 2018

        Dearest Hanna,
        LOVE LOVE LOVE, your blogs and pics!…and thank you so much for writing the “book” lol!
        You have given me better insight and understanding to what may lie ahead if I pursue this RV thing! I’ve only just looked the 1991 Fleetwood Jamboree (Rallye) over-inside and out and under the hood. I havent been on the roof yet or even talked to the owner yet on the details, but I was with a former RV salesman AND a mechanic, and they gave me 2 thumbs up.
        No roof leaks, and the inside is un impeccable shape. Of course the outside is a bit cosmetically challenged but not too gross!
        I’ve toyed with this idea of selling most of my belongings and pulling up roots for a few years, this particular RV spoke to me tho. We shall see as I go ahead later this week and get into the possible buying details…
        Asking is $6800 w/54,000mi. New tires. Seems in the ballpark but I have no problem “low balling” especially if details reveal any issues.
        I’m not convinced yet I can even handle being a full time RVer but am thinking I might try traveling as a seasonal worker (campground or whatever) starting spring of 2020. Then eventually settle in Florida. Possibly?!! I’ll be 60 that year, hopefully with still enough energy to do this on my own??
        ??????….
        What is the proper roof coating?
        Invest in rear track bar?
        Are solar panels worth it?
        Ever turned away from camping (KOA) because older RV?
        Now I’ve written my own book!
        Thank you muchly!
        Teresa
        PS. I think you ROCK and have big…courage! And I don’t care much how it looks, many can only wish:(

  • Teresa
    September 21, 2018

    Hey Curly Nomad!
    I only just stumbled upon your very first blog relating details of your rather disastrous “maiden voyage”
    I’m looking at purchasing the exact same model/year as your RV. Have you been satisfied with it? I would surely appreciate any advise or input you may have about your RV…!
    Thank you so much,
    Teresa

    • Hannah
      September 21, 2018

      Absolutely! However keep in mind, I bought mine with 23k original miles on it, so I can’t speak to how yours will be if it’s aged more or wasn’t maintained well. Mine was owned by a marine who really took care of it, and has been (knock on wood) shockingly reliable. It’s now at a bit over 40k miles, I think around 41 or 42, and other than the initial breakdown I have never been stranded on the side of the road due to mechanical issues. It doesn’t handle the best – but honestly I’ve heard most class C’s don’t – and it’s really important that you invest in the basics like new tires, new belts, and and overall inspection, but other than that you will probably have more problems with the RV/”house” end of it than the mechanical end, and only because it’s older. Even with a couple of normal interior issues it has been FAR more reliable than many new RVs my friends have owned, and they seem to have been far sturdier built during that time period. Inside the RV I’ve replaced the water pump (easy job, $80-100 part), furnace blower motor (also ~100 part, not necessarily easy), and had to pay to have the black tank reattached after almost shaking it off, which was my own fault for driving on a crazy road. I also replaced the entire roof membrane this summer because at that old, it’s unlikely to hold up, and I did find one leak and couldn’t just recoat it because of the coating I used in the first year. As long as it doesn’t have existing water damage, the appliances work, and the mileage on the one you’re considering seems fine, GET IT! And I recommend coating the roof the right way the first time so you don’t have to replace it like me. And yes I recommend doing this because no RV roof is going to last from ’91 til now.. period. 😛 If you have any other q’s I’m happy to help. Sorry for writing a book. Good luck!!