Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Greetings from Paradise ... East Cape RV Park, Los Barriles BCS ... Day 15 & 16 .... leaving today, Day 17, around noon for Cabo San Lucas ...

We are at the mid point of this adventure, going by so quickly.

But first we need to catch up again .... busy part of the world ... beautiful, warm breezes, stunningly blue/green water ... lots of fishing ... lovely flowers ... very Hawaii like, but not quite as lush due to less rainfall, puffy clouds in clear blue skies, and, yes, some great food. The Americans who live here and the wannabees absolutely LOVE it here. There is an international airport just down the road that serves Cabo and makes it close enough to here for folks to get back and forth easily. And, of course, there are the private jets parked nearby, too.

Our first day at the East Cape RV Park the green grocer opened for us in his little teepee and it is very nice to be able to buy fresh fruits and veggies and good eggs ... hallelujah. The natives use copious amounts of limon (LeeMOAN), the Mexican limes, to purify their food, "kills the parasites," as they say. In this rig in addition we use the therapeutic grade essential oil of lemon, soak everything for 20 minutes, rinse, dry and store. We also use Clorox brand (very important) bleach (1 teaspoon per 20 gallons) in our fresh water holding tank, and all these precautions seem to keep the beasties away. So we are enjoying fresh salads and veggies every day.

Another comment that may seem obvious, this blog is being written from my Baja experience, and Marilyn, too ... but there are 30 something others doing a jillion different things for their experience, and this book isn't big enough to share what everyone is doing. So this blog is just the tip of the iceberg.

I want to thank all who interpreted Si Toma No Maneje, which means Don't Drink and Drive. It seems so simple once I know the Toma word.

So on to the "boat trip north up the coast" on Tuesday, Day 15. The intention of this excursion was to see the land from the water, have a gourmet lunch (you can tell that would appeal to me) at the Giggling Marlin, learn a little history and then return.

Waiting for the skiff to take us to the Too Awesome ...







Loading the boat ... that's Linda Brown coming aboard being helped by First Mate Rob, Captain Jerry's son-in-law visiting for a couple of weeks from San Jose, California.



And soon Rosalie followed ...



We began the journey .... some lovely homes along the shore.
There are a lot of those.



Captain Jerry giving us the drill ...



Full speed ahead ...



And the wake ... with Macie and ... is that you, Julie?



Rosalie, Pat and Macie ...



Julie and Alice ...



Linda C. and Linda B. enjoying the ride ...



Judy and Paula ...



This is a red house being built on the side of a cliff, almost ready for occupancy with the stipulation that it can NEVER drill a well. All water must be trucked in.



Alice driving the boat ... with Michele and Rob ...



Betsy and Pat talking with Happy ...



Happy is always beautiful and joyous ...



We skiff in for lunch. The welcoming party ...



The Giggling Marlin Beach and Yacht Club ...









But wait .... first ...

Alice ....



Barbara ...



But what are they doing?

Rosalie ...



Are they nutz?

Linda B.



Oh ... they get a prize. Notice the bottle in the assistant's hand ...



This is the entertainment at the Giggling Marlin BEFORE lunch.



Those were chicken enchiladas. Linda Cartright really enjoyed that.

Oh, oh, here's another dish of salsa ... pretty good, yum.



Rosalie's chili rellenos ... too pretty to eat, well not quite. She finished it off.



My Michelada ... oh, is that a delight. Take one chilled beer mug rimmed with salt, add a big dash of limon and frosty cold ice and pour one beer over all. Pacifica seems to be the preferred brew in this place.



The view while having this wonderful gourmet lunch totally enjoyed by all.



The person you can hardly see didn't want her picture taken anyway. Shhh, it's Judy F.

This delightful place is located on the Bay of the Dead, so named because of a boating accident and great loss of life many years ago. There is now an attempt by more enlightened folks to rename the area The Bay of Dreams, Bahia de los Suenos.



And we returned to the Too Awesome for the trip home.

I don't know about the rest of you, but this kid was too pooped to pop and disappeard for the rest of the day.

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Marilyn read this aloud to me this morning from the book she is reading ....
which seems so appropos for this adventure, doncha think?

"When we surrender we have the joy to explore.
Not knowing what to expect is happiness."

A quote from "Beyond Fear" by Don Miguel Ruiz, page 127.

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