|Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, June 13-20, 2008|
|After canceling my SeaTac-to-LAX flight yesterday, Alaska Airlines canceled me a second time today. So here I am trying to fly on a Friday the thirteenth. The only connection to Los Cabos was via DFW with a 9pm arrival, three hours later than desired. Since it'll be dark, there's no way to hitch hike (I spent yesterday's 'free' day making up signs and other preparations) up to Los Barriles to meet Cecil, Barbara and Meredith. That means renting a second car for one night. Videos||
|Google Earth Placemark||
Off I go for one week 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. Yacht Spotting
Beautiful 80 degree weather with strong winds all week long. Who would have thought that in June? Photographs
|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.|
spotting with Google Earth (some people have way too much time on
At Vancouver Shipyards, she has also been moored in Coal Harbour.
|A Look At 20 Of The World’s Most Staggering Yachts
We couldn't read the name or helicopter tail number (N165WC)or make out the flag (turns out to be Cayman Islands).
On the shuttle van ride to Los Cabos airport, some guy told me quite confidently that it belonged to America's largest Honda/Lexus dealer in Orange County, California (wrong).
Though not the longest, biggest or most expensive, this might just be the most stalked & photographed yacht in the world. List of Mega Yachts
|Starting with the
incorrect first assumption, it took some googling images and different key
work searches (such as "Greg Norman yacht") and then searching
with this one
guy's website using the search tool on his website and the keyword
"yacht" where he
had a link. Then simply read the caption and googled again.
She is the Attessa --- 226 feet, purchased in 2003 by US billionaire Dennis Washington, built in 1998 in the Netherlands, christened as the Aviva, flagged in Cayman Islands, with a crew of 15, lengthened and refurbished in Vancouver, BC after a fire. More links to her are at left.
Bellingham to Seattle flight (20 minutes), looking down on "our" beach, the waterfront and Squalicum Harbor.
Arriving in Los Barriles at 10:35 pm, just five minutes later than I predicted 14 hours earlier in Bellingham.
Car reservation? What car reservation? I don't need no stinkin' car reservation.
|Fishing/panga fleet at sunrise.|
|Travel House Inn guest John Mitchell|
Los Cabos airport, hoping to pickup Lacey from Monterrey and return one car.
|El Arco, The Arch.||Medium size||Large size|
|Lovers Beach & a few more fews of El Arco.|
|Villa del Palmar resort in Cabo San Lucas.|
Rent a topless Jeep. Drive out to the East Cape to meet with land developer/builder Paul Clark who is another Google Earth Baja Missions aficionado.
|Jumped out of my flip-flop when I almost stepped on this rattlesnake.|
|His house on a bluff.|
|His 360º view.|
|Castillo de Arena "subdivision."|
|The views & vista of the Baja East Cape.|
|Outside is open to inside, no doors, including kitchen and main living area. Bedrooms are along open, outdoor verandas and ARE locked.||You must be solar powered in Baja. There are NO UTILITIES. With sunshine, you can create 110 voltage, desalinate salt water, heat your water, watch TV, pump gasoline or water and communicate with satellites and the occasional microwave relay tower.|
|Inside kitchen, living room.|
|Rooftop terrace. Waited for two hours. Lots of sunshine. Got tanned all over. But no homeowner ever showed up. Time to go.|
|Real estate "lotes" for sale|
|Estate mansion next door for sale.|
|View from the desolate beach.|
|Livestock ... don't drive at night!|
|"Restaurant" --- note the fancy advertising vs. the reality. Now that's truth in advertising. Stop to buy a couple of Pacificos and keep driving south on the coast road.|
|East Cape (cabo) coast road.||
"The rural road from La Ribera to San José del Cabo, constructed for the federal government and for the benefit of the community. Put in service May 1984."
|Sea of Cortez from the East Cape road.|
|Now this is funny. I guess Mexicans do have a sense of humor ... on an unpaved washboard dirt road --- speed bumps (topes)? I love it!|
desolation and yet fairly well habitated. Beautiful homes abound --- all OFF
|Beautiful evening and a full moon.|
|Same fishing boat, next morning.|
|Monday, June 16|
|Carnival Cruise ship Elation arrives mid morning and parks itself right in the line of view of Land's End, Los Arcos.|
|Carnival Cruise ship Elation leaving in the late afternoon.|
|Another "cattle call" that I passed up. The "booby" view from our interior balcony.|
|Carnival Cruise ship Elation joined by a Norwegian Cruise lines ship.|
|Give us this day our daily yellow birdie. And lead us not into parasailing. Amen.|
|Got the car stuck in a sandy arroyo at El Migrino and flagged down a Mexican four-wheeler guide to push start me out before heading back to my regular beach at kilometer 84 for a few silent relaxing hours.|
|Then it was off to La Paz (late as usual by 90 minutes) to visit Max & Louisa Lenoy in hopes being introduced to the owner of Salsipuedes restaurant and possible connections to construction contacts.||
Quick stop at a roadside stand to make a friend and buy some place mats for Barbara.
|Land development everywhere! Even in little old Cerritos Beach that used to have nothing more than a surf shop hut and a bunch of people camping on the beach.|
|Almost the entire stretch of Highway 19 between Todos Santos and Highway 1 is being widened to four lanes. And atypical to the usual three guys and one bulldozer on this 30-mile segment, there were dozens of pieces of equipment and hundreds of workers along all sections of the highway. WOW!||
This is a hazardous drive during daylight: narrow lanes, trucks a half meter over the line (when there is one), little or no warning when workers are on the pavement, etc.
|Full moon over La Paz and the bay at night.|
|Full moon over the Pacific on a late night ride home. This hazardous drive becomes a "white knuckle" drive after nightfall. Got back to the Villa del Palmar just before midnight.|
|Tuesday, June 17|
|Santa Maria area will look quite different next year. There is a 100+ acre development project being graded by earth movers right now.|
|Pirate ships, sailboats and motor yachts alike struggle against the strong wind and powerful waves around Santa Maria point heading back to Cabo San Lucas. It's actually too windy to put up the sails.||Driving off to Santa Maria beach by myself for a few hours.|
|Rush hour on the water. Some of the fishing fleet.|
|Full moon over Cabo San Lucas after an afternoon haircut and an evening out by myself, I decided to skip the cab fair and walk back to the Villa del Palmar, about 2 kilometers. Very nice.|
|Wednesday, June 18|
|When we arrived
here in September 1993, Barbara, TJ and I stayed in this
little motel for the week for $25 per night. Simple, poor, but clean, it
A touch of "Montezuma's revenge" but nothing too bad. Just need to be near a toilet when nature calls.
|I cannot believe after 15 years of rampant development (click Fonatur links at the top of this page) that it is still here. And the empty shell of a concrete building a few doors down? It's still here too. Although it no longer rents red ATV's.||We bought our first timeshare on that trip, unit F-151 at the Solmar Suites. They said it would be built on that pile of sand over there. Just pay us using your credit card and sign this Mexican, non-refundable contract. Hasta la vista, baby. But wouldn't you know it? It got built. And so did other buildings. And it's been the greatest purchase (retreat) I've ever made. I'll get around to cropping scanned images and creating a webpage from that 3,000-mile road trip one day when time permits. What an awesome trip.|
|Impossible homes being constructed on the hillsides of exclusive Pedregal portion of town.|
|And high-rises on
the main Medano beachfront!
|Mexican Naval Base property ... "NOT for sale."|
|Thursday, June 19|
|A little quiet time at the Solmar resort. I headed back up to Km 84 on the road to Todos Santos (Highway 19) for my own piece of privacy and quiet time. I really should have driven a bit further and explored Cerritos Beach Club.||But how was I to know that I'd be sitting next to the developer on the flight to San Diego tomorrow?|
|The Solmar really is unique. Totally different from the rest of Cabo. Crashing surf. Too rough to swim. Cold water. Cold cervesas and margaritas. Okay, some things are the same.|
|Around town and coming back from Km 84 on the newly widened Highway 19 north of town.|
|Note the huge power poles that run about 10 Km north of town to a huge substation where it all ends. Where to they make the power? Must be oil tankers off shore.|
|The two main colonias, wections of town, where the workers live, have grown dramatically, many coming from mainland Mexico in search of jobs and good wages. And also many illegal aliens from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador.|
|El Faro Viejo, the old light house.|
|A final quiet evening in the bay. A full moon.|
|Meredith and Barbara "do the hustle" before going out. I stayed behind and had some leftovers.|
|Friday, June 20|
|Cecil has an 8am
flight. He needs to be at the airport at 6am. There are no shuttle
services at this hour. We get up at 5am, leave at 5:45. Ugghhh!
A little sun and reading by the upper pool. A beach walk. An 8am margarita. I finally do the pool slide through that stupid concrete whale into the lower pool and in to the hot tub.
|Carnival Cruise ship Pride arrives very early morning. I heard three horn blasts at 5am when it was still dark.||The new Puerto los Cabos marina in San José del Cabo as seen from the air.|
|I fly back to Bellingham, my house (I refuse to call it "home") via my original itinerary through San Diego via shuttle van. New, third airport terminal under construction.||
Our former home in Pasadena, California, clearly visible from the air.
|Clearing customs, I was pulled from the line and every item gone through in minute detail, paperwork and electronics included and loads of questions. Gee, I feel special.||Beautiful Black's Beach in Torrey Pines just north of San Diego.||
|Mono Lake, California. I also saw Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.||Snow again. Mount Rainier.|
|A two-hour wait at SeaTac for a 20-minute flight to Bellingham. I ate in the terminal and dozed off on the flight.||Beautiful sunset wingtip on Alaska Airlines over Oregon.|
Barbara & Meredith return home.
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