July 4, 2010 --- Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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So what started off as going off to Baja for three weeks to clear my head, feel the warm rays of the summer sun on the Tropic of Cancer and do a little networking for Baja job opportunities has turned into a 10-week sojourn including settling down for the month of June in my own little cabaña near the Villa del Palmar resort in Cabo San Lucas and volunteering at the Los Cabos Humane Society.

Last day & evening. I decided to stay and see what an American Independence Day celebration in Mexico was like. I've been to the Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebrations in America, even though that is NOT the correct Mexican Independence Day. The BICENTENNIAL IS on September 16, 2010, just a few days from now.

I can already feel that the journey back will be difficult. But a fun adventure. Again. For the reality that I started to carve out for myself in Baja WAS my reality. Los Angeles, the USA are not. I continue to struggle against that. I want my Baja!

Ever wonder why Los Cabos and other select Mexican destinations come into being and grow like crazy? It's not luck or coincidence. It's all very well-planned. Thanks to Fonatur, the "institution responsible for the planning and development of sustainable tourism projects." And with respect to the Baja Peninsula specifically, there is the vision of the Escalera Nautica, the Nautical Ladder --- a mega project; canceled "as is" in early 2010.
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Los Cabos Humane Society

One last set of dog walks at the Los Cabos Humane Society.  I'm already missing all my little buddies. I wish I had remembered all the dogs' names. Perhaps that's why I took these pictures.

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In hindsight, I cold have done more. Made more time for the canines. But then again, when one is struggling with money and life, everything becomes "forced." jul04_119.jpg (667092 bytes) jul04_120.jpg (663916 bytes) jul04_121.jpg (665631 bytes) jul04_122.jpg (669113 bytes) jul04_123.jpg (641640 bytes)
Or am I just copping out. I'm not sure. Time to reflect on that some more. Especially during my 1,700-mile drive (this is obviously written afterwards).    
Thanks to my previous dog walk helpers from May 17 ... Christina, Karen, Barbara. Special thanks to those assisting me in my duties and learning, including the most difficult "dog-bowl-wash-in-the-garbage-can-full-of-soap-and-water-and-bleach" part Marci.
jul04_114.jpg (636503 bytes)Thanks to everyone at the Cabo San Lucas Humane Society for being so nice and friendly. I wish I could have contributed more.

Thanks especially to: Evaristo, Marci, Ceci, Enrique & Marci Diaz, David, Dr. Ortiz, American Airlines

Now on to the festivities on Medano Beach at The Mango Deck. "Marci, dondé Ustedes?"

Actually quite festive and attractive. Especially music on "the barge" on the water.

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Oh, dear! Thomas, is that you?

Et tu, Marci?

Y Enrique tambien?

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