We are currently in Sinaloa Mexico just north of Mazatlan. Today we bring you another installment of Nomading by the Numbers where we count up all the interesting, curious or sometimes mundane things we did the past month that didn’t really fit into a blog post but will hopefully give you a little glimpse into our daily lives.
Why count things? Well, numbers can be fun! Here are a couple of examples:
54 – The number of polydactyl (six-toed) cats that lived at Hemingway’s Key West home and survived Hurricane Irma when she hit the island last year. Perhaps those extra toes gave them a little extra grip when Irma’s winds blew?
18,640 – miles in the Pan-American highway. OK – I’m not really sure on this one, but I Google it and that is the number that popped up at the top of the page – although specific websites give other numbers. Anyways, according to the Guinness World Records, it is the longest “motorable road” in the world stretching from Alaska to the tip of Argentina. Maybe we will drive it someday?
OK before we get to our numbers here is a little wrap up in words. November was all about getting ready to go to Mexico. We are fortunate enough to have great friends in Tucson, AZ and were able to camp out there most of the month to prepare. On November 29 we finally crossed. Enough of that! On to the reckoning!
Sleeping in the van:
23 – Days moochdocking in Tucson (free)
2 – Days camped in a wildlife refuge (free)
3 – Days camped on BLM land (free)
2 – Days camped in a Mexican reserve (free – but we had to pay for entrance to the park, roughly $20)
We love camping free. It is quite easy out west as there are lots of free campsites. It will be a lot harder in Mexico, but we hope to mix enough free camping with paid to keep the cost down.
8 – Trips to the Tucson library. When we first started on this land traveling life we thought we’d be spending a lot of time in libraries taking advantage of their free Internet but it turns out it is so much easier to just find a parking spot close to the entrance of a Lowes and use their free wifi from the comfort of the van. Since we were going to be in Tucson so long we thought parking in front of Lowes every day for hours might be a bit suspicious – so off to the library we went for our research.
It seems libraries are a bit different from when I was growing up. Now they seem to be more like community centers than places of study. People crowd the computers playing games and checking their social media. They eat their breakfast burrito while reading the newspaper. They take naps. And really who needs WeWork when you can run your office, interview potential employees, and make business calls on your cell phone at the library? Kids gather after school and play card games and music classes are conducted in open door meeting rooms. Got a little sticky situation with the law? Have a very loud conversation with your lawyer on your cell about the whole shady business – at the library. It wasn’t too long ago I was in an Atlanta library when I saw a librarian call out a patron from across the room for talking on his cell phone. A little Atlanta librarian could go a long way in Tucson.
103 – Airbnbs in Mexico City I had saved until I discovered that none of them would be able to accommodate the van. We are meeting our friend Wayne in CDMX at the end of the month and it seemed like it’d make everything easier just to get a room for all of us until I realized the van problem.
Every place I saved either had unsecured street parking or the on-premise parking was in a parking garage with an opening just too short to allow Ballena Blanca access. So I broadened my search and after 3 days I finally found the perfect place with gated/not garaged off-street parking.
85 – House sitting dates on our calendar for next summer. (Up 19 from last month).
9 – Times crossed into Mexico this year.
- 6 – Times on foot, 3 when we visited the dentist in Los Algodones in February and 3 when we just visited the dentist this past month.
- 2 times in the van when we went to Baja earlier this year and when we just crossed into Sonora last month.
- 1 time by rowboat when we visited Big Bend National Park in January.
150 – Views on the blog in one day. No, I didn’t write an absolutely fabulous blog that went viral that everyone had to read. This 150 mostly found their way to us from a link shared on a sailing forum to an old blog post about Greg rebooting the mast. This stuff happens from time to time and I always find it interesting that people we don’t know or who aren’t subscribed to blog find their way to our little website and that they find it useful. We actually appeared to have gotten a few new subscribers that day too. I wonder if they will be disappointed to find out we aren’t really a sailing blog any more.
* All pics are click to enlarge.
What numbers have been significant in your life lately? Do you know any fun fact numbers?