Timeline to the Move
Today is June 20 and I’m finally packing the truck up here in Laytonville, California, for the final phase of our move to PV. To sumarize, below are the events so far:
- First we visited PV a few times for fun.
- We rented an apartment for a year while still living in California and visiting PV about once every 3 months or so while looking for a place to buy.
- Bought a fixer-upper house up the Cuale River in PV in Colonia Buenos Aires. Started spending half my time in PV working on the house and half in California working on my business.
- Set up internet, electricity, water, taxes, etc in PV. Hired a crew to rebuild the house.
- Sold my business in California, then sold my house, both within a few months.
- Obtained FM3, set up bank account at Lloyds and transferred US $$ to Mexico.
- Obtained a Menaje de Casa from the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco for moving my worldly possessions to Mexico. This is a legal document required to bring household items into Mexico without paying duty. It cost $137 and required much paperwork and two trips to San Francisco to obtain.
- Sold my old truck (a new Toyota Tundra) and bought a different one (a 1994 Toyota 4wd P/U) for the move.
- Sarah’s daughter graduated High School and prepares to head off to the University of California at Berkeley. Sarah feels a little like someone abandoning a child, but Malila is quite capable of making it as a business major at UC Berkeley. She has a great mind and much drive and capability.
- Obtained vaccinations and certificates for our two dogs for the trip.
- Today (June 20, 2006) I’m packing the truck. We have the Toyota P/U and an 8 foot long flat bed trailer packed to the sky with all of our earthly possessions. We look a bit like a scene out of the 1930s mass migration from Oklahoma to California.
- Friday, June 23, we leave for PV
—–I’ll continue this in a week or so when (if) we arrive in PV—-
And if anyone needs any help or hints with any of this process, feel free to ask. I’ve probably done almost everything wrong the first attempt or two so I’m familiar with the problems and solutions.
The weather looks like it will be in the 100s most of the way down through S. California and Arizona, with rain mixed in as we pass through most of Mexico. I certainly won’t be complaining about the cold any longer..