Monday, June 21, 2010

The Last of Mexico

These are the last of the Mexico pics for you.  The last few days were spent with alot of R&R by the pool at our resort.  We did meet some new friends - Travis and Jamie!

We headed out on the town with them one night and found ourselves at Cabo Wabo in downtown Cabo.  Cabo Wabo is a restaurant/bar owned by Sammy Hagar.  We stayed there and were amused by some of the other patrons who had had a LITTLE too much to drink - LOL!
The next day we had a tequila tasting tour and glass bottom boat ride out to Lover's Beach and Land's End where we stayed for a couple of hours enjoying the sand, calmer ocean and sun!
This is the plant that tequila is made from - can I just say - YUK!
 Here we are on the glass bottom boat on our tour - note our stylish and very new looking floatation devices:
We toured out to Land's End where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific ocean:

On the way there we stopped and visited the sea lion colony:
Then we headed to Lover's Beach:
It was absolutely stunning.  So gorgeous and calm.  Not crowded or anything.  The water on the Sea of Cortez side was calm enough for swimming but still had a strong current.  Jamie and I did venture in but only on the condition we could hold onto Travis and Andy.  LOL!  While Jamie and I enjoyed sitting in the sun - under an umbrella - they guys enjoyed playing in the water:
Then we headed over to the Pacific side to take a look at the waves - wowsa.  The power of the water is just amazing and of course, the guys being as tough as they are decided they needed to see who was stronger - them or the waves - needless to say, that was a short adventure but they had fun, nonetheless.
Then we headed back to the Cabo marina and watched Travis and Jamie swim with the Dolphins for a while - that looked like good fun and something I definitely want to try in the future!
Jamie and I ditched the guys and went shopping while they hunted down some cigars to share.  They came and found us in the mall and we headed to a restaurant bar on the Marina called Jack's - WOW - did we have fun that night!  Mariochi bands, good food, good company, lots of laughs and great weather!!!
What a great end to an even better day!
Our last day there we went in to the Marina to walk around for a bit and buy the kiddos some treats to take home.  The one thing we talked alot about while we were in Mexico is how poor the area was.  The children at the Candelaria school stole our hearts and as we walked around the Marina there are constantly merchants trying to sell you their goods.  I was okay with saying no alot until it came to the kids.  Small children selling goods on the street when they should be in school.  We ended up giving several of them money and buying some toys from them.  They were so precious.
We definitely want to head back on a Missions Trip some day.
We spent some more time enjoying the marina:

Then Thom, Andy and I headed out on this huge yacht for a sunset boat ride.
The view from the top deck was awesome:

This little guy was showing off for us:
This very poignant reminder of God's love was perched atop a mountain - this pic was taken with a high 
power zoom lens:

Some local fishermen:
Pelican Rock:
Andy and Thom:

We enjoyed the live band that played for us: 
And even did a little dancing:

Then we were treated to dinner and some authentic Mexican dancing:
What fun trip this was!

And then we headed back home to this:
our sweet boys! Its nice to get away but its sure nice to come home to these smiling faces too! Pin It

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scuba Diving in Cabo

Day 3 we headed out on a nice big boat for a tour of the marina and then off to Chileno bay to do some scuba diving/snorkelling.  Andy has always wanted to scuba dive and I have always wanted to try snorkelling so we headed out on this excursion to try our hands at both.  Here are some of the cool boats that were docked in the marina:

Here is Andy all geared up and ready to go: 
I did try snorkelling  - for about 30 seconds until I kind of panicked with the whole breathing thing - and then when I saw the size of the fish that were swimming by my feet and legs, I decided that I was definitely OKAY with seeing those fish in an aquarium where glass seperated us.  Long story short, one of the guys from the boat had to jump in to tow me back to the boat. - UGH!  I also was stung by my 3rd jellyfish of trip - hmph!  I decided I was happy to bask in the beautiful Mexican sun on the loungers on the top deck of the boat.
You can see the water dotted with all of the snorkellers here:
Andy on the other hand, LOVED his scuba diving experience and will definitely try it again.  Here he is getting back onto the boat after his dive:
 We had a great authentic Mexican lunch on the way back to the marina with great music and some dancing!!
Once we were back and off the boat we were walking around the marina and saw this:
Some fishermen that caught a hammerhead shark - and this:
A marlin on the back of a boat that another lucky fisher reeled in.  I think there is definitley an ocean fishing trip in Andy's future!
Back tomorrow with some night life and our new friends!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Dune Buggies

Day 2 in Mexico had us Dune Buggying.  I was really looking forward to this little excursion but I have to admit I spent most of the time screaming as Andy drove off of the trail and over sand dunes that literally had us "catching air".  I had the worst headache by the time we were done and I'm pretty sure its from my brain rattling around in my skull - LOL!
We drove up into the mountains to see the local livestock:
  These cows didn't even move as we got close to them.  They have cacti stuck in their faces from grazing but it didn't seem to bother them at all.  They left alot of waste behind which the dune buggy managed to throw right up into my lap - YUK!  As we headed further up into the mountains we spotted this fairly large iguana:
Our guide said they eat them which I thought was completely exhausted but also said they use them for medicine for children - not sure how that works but very interesting.  The whole area is completely dry.  Nothing green anywhere except cacti.  Then as we walked for a bit we came across this:
A little stream with green plants along the edges.  It didn't seem to arise from anywhere but was trickling along and the water was crystal clear.  On that same walk we came to the "rock on the tree":
This giant boulder fell from the mountains many many years ago and this tree has managed to grow from underneath it which now appears to hold it in place.  On the side of the rock is some hyroglyphics (sp?).
From there we headed to a small mountain village - and when I say small, I mean small.  There was a church, a one room hospital, a one room school, 1 house and a small store.  The town is called Candelaria.
These children are so sweet and were so excited to be in our picture.  You can see the waving.  They are bused from surrounding areas and spend from Monday to Friday at the school (there is a room behind the school with primitive bunk beds).  Then, on the weekends they go home to work.
While were there we got to try some sugar cane - Andy really enjoyed it!
More children filling water barrels in the back of an old half ton.
The vultures were circling just waiting for us to keel over - it was kind of creepy.
This is their grave yard.  It is waaaaaay up in the mountains, this picture was taken with a high power zoom lens.
The local hospital that is open 1 day per week.  Despite the amazing poverty, there is still beautiful flowers growing naturally everywhere.

We saw this hide litterally tanning in the hot sun:
From Candelaria we headed out to the beach:
The views were absolutely breath taking.
The guide showed us this blow hole.  I had never seen one and had no idea what to expect but the guys sure laughed when they saw me jump when that ominous sound of the waves and water crashing came rushing out of it!
We really enjoyed this back tour of Mexico. 
I even tried my hand at driving the dune buggy for about 3 seconds until I hit a bump and the steering wheel jerked out of my hand hurting me and we were stuck in a sand dune - ugh - okay, back to the passenger's seat!
Tomorrow I'll be back with scuba diving pics :0). Pin It
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