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03/19/2011, Cabo San Lucas
Yesterday Peter and I decided to catch a bus into Cabo San Lucas and check out spring break, it was really more Peter's idea than mine, but being an accommodating skipper I felt it my responsibility to accompany him...after all I did sorta commit to his parents, in a round about way, that I would keep us all safe. we walked into San Jose, caught a local bus to the main highway, then took another bus the 15 miles to Cabo. Spring break was in full swing and we settled into a huge palapa bar named Mango's...there was some dude that was MC ing different contests, there was a dance contest, a drinking contest and much to our chagrin a wet teeshirt contest, which I tried to be a judge of, but due to the fact that I didn't want to pay to be a judge they picked some dorky dude that was in bad need of a tan...the crowd and the girls were VERY disappointed that I got nixed as I definitely was more entertaining, bigger and better looking (but a lot older) than the dork. We stayed a little while longer before catching a bus back to San Jose to have one last go around of the town festival before we leave this morning for Bahia Los Frailes.
Marina Puerto del CaboSteve
03/18/2011, San Jose Del Cabo
We're still here at the Marina Puerto del Cabo, this is a fairly new marina that is part of a large master plan community, which is just getting started. The marina is about 15 miles from Cabo San Lucas and about 1.5 miles from San Jose del Cabo. We hope to be leaving tomorrow and begin anchor hopping up to La Paz, arriving in La Paz around the first of April. We've all settled in to the relaxed lifestyle here, where the weather is literally "perfect", not to hot, but nice and warm during the day and cooling off at night where you may need to throw on a light sweater or jacket after sundown. My friend Dan, from Sun Harbor Marina, on S/V Dazzler pulled in on Thursday on his way north after cruising in Mexico for the past year. Dan and I went to happy hour and dinner last night and I picked his brain for important cruising details.
Margarita Ville and Cock fightsSteve, Sunny warm days..cool nights
03/17/2011, San Jose Del Cabo
When we arrived in Ensenada we were treated to the start of Carnaval, a celebration before the start of Lent. When we arrived at Turtle Bay we were happy to learn that this little town at the end of a 135 mile dirt road was for some reason selected as the site for Carnaval for the entire central Baja region. We knew pulling into San Jose that Carnaval was now over...but the ever partying people of Mexico also celebrate their towns patron Saints...and as luck would have it San Jose was just kicking up their Festival for St. Joseph (San Jose). Last night Peter and myself went to town, let me tell you that this was the best celebration so far, they have a rodeo, a cock fighting arena, and of course tons of food and drink. I know that this isn't going to go over well with some people, but we both had never been to a cock fight and part of the reason we are traveling the way we are is to be submersed into other cultures...and cock fighting is a part of the Mexican culture. So we paid our 100 pesos (10 USD) and settled in. Now I could start coming up with a bunch of sexual innuendoes about who had the biggest......well never mind, this is after all a family blog. The Mexicans do a lot of betting on the fights, but not really understanding anything about it we just made little bets between ourselves of a beer. Cock fighting is a pretty controversial sport (?)...but is it really that much more inhumane that shooting chickens up with growth hormones and packing them together in pens, and then slaughtering them? How about beefing up large men and then having them run at each other at full speed (football, rugby)? That said I don't think I will go to another cock fight, to me it was interesting to see once, but not really that entertaining, and we weren't sure if we should feel sorrier for the dead loser or the pretty messed up winner.
San Jose Del CaboSteve, Sunny warm days..cool nights
03/16/2011, San Jose Del Cabo (duh)
So yesterday we all took a little break from each other, Peter went to the beach for a swim, Catherine went to the marina work area to catch up on her art orders and I decided to walk the 1.5 miles into the town of San Jose Del Cabo and try to get a haircut. I made a wrong turn and ended up on an isolated dirt road, but could tell I was headed in the right direction, just on the wrong road. I got into downtown San Jose and soon realized that the towns festival was getting ready to start (more on that later), I cruised around town getting the lay of the land and asking around in my almost nonexistent spanish for a barber shop. I finally found a kinda seedy hair salon where they spoke no english, but using my fingers as a imaginary pair of scissors conveyed that I wanted a haircut and wanted it VERY short, it all worked out and it was kinda nice not to have to try to come up with small talk while she cut my hair.
Tsunami? What Tsunami?Steve, Sunny warm days..cool nights
03/15/2011, Puerto Los Cabos, San Jose Cabo
We rounded the tip of the Baja yesterday morning as the sun was rising, and headed into the Sea of Cortez to the Marina Puerto Los Cabos. I'm happy to say that due to God's will and lots of preparation we had no real problems sailing down one of the most inhospitable, desolate, isolated and beautiful coasts in the world. It took us a total of 12 days including stops in Ensenada, Turtle Bay and a afternoon and evening rest stop at Bahia Santa Maria. The nearly 800 mile trip was done mostly under sail as we glided along wing on wing, sailing with the wind to our backs, we saw whales, dolphins and every few days we would see another vessel of some sort. Si Bon proved herself to be a very sea worthy cruising yacht and her ease in handling gave me plenty of time to reflect on my love of the ocean. The sail down Baja causes many people to scrap their cruising dreams as they imagine all sorts of issues. This may be considered a boring post as I have no horror stories to tell, we didn't hit anything, all of Si Bon's important systems worked, we didn't drag anchor and no pirates tried to mess with us, I did hear there was a Tsunami while we were gone but we didn't know anything about it until arriving in Cabo. I will say to anyone thinking of cruising what has been said to me many times by my now fellow cruisers, "cruising isn't really that difficult, you just need to do it" (Nike??). So prepare (not over prepare) yourself and your boat, untie the dock lines and get going...life is good.
Bahia de TortugasSteve
03/08/2011, Bahia de Tortugas, Baja California
Well here we are on the hook in Turtle Bay, one of my cruise books calls TB "coyote Ugly" and at first glance that is pretty accurate. TB once had a cannery which was closed in 1998, since then the town is supposed to have been in decline, however as we have walked around the streets of TB we all have marveled at how nice the small, simple homes seem to be, not any of the shanty type structures that you might expect to find in a little village at the end of a 135 mile dirt road.
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