A good feast was had by all. It was a very nice evening with good friends, new and old, good conversation and ..... complimentary champagne !
(in this picture l to r: Mike, Michel, Myself, Ann, Ed, Ron and Maureen)
Anyway, we'll miss the beautiful sunrises. Pictures just don't capture the beauty of the colors.
Thanksgiving Day November 25th - We did dinner at the church for American Thanksgiving. Everyone brought something to contribute to the wonderful meal and the church supplied the turkey. It was a small gathering but we all ate lots ..It was yummy .....
November 16th - these young boys put together their kayak and loaded all their gear to began their adventure. Their plan is to kayak to La Paz which is about 600 miles south of San Felipe along the rugged coast . They figured it would take them about a month..... good luck!!! They have a lot more adventure in them than we do. Anyway here are a couple of picture of the boys, Mark and Josh (from Montana) assembling the kayak
The kayak is bigger than Michel's hoby cat - and a lot heavier.
We wish them a good and safe voyage....
Travel day number two. Left Loreto early this morning. Had to wait for daylight because we only have one headlight. Around noon we got to Gro. Negro. We were thinking of stopping for lunch, but we had a little more than 1/2 a tank of gas and decided to eat when we fueled at the next Pemex. They have gas stations all over the place...We drove for HOURS!! We were beginning to wonder if we'd find a place. We literally were running on fumes when we came up to a little town called Catavina that had a gas pump sign, but as we pulled into town we noticed that the gas pump was closed down!! (and had been for six years) Now what??
We were counting our blessings when we seen this....... Can you imagine? Gotta wonder if Mexico is progressing or regressing...... good business for this entrepreneur.
Anyway, we bought 5 gallons, which got us to our evening rest stop El Rosario. Nice motel. All renovated, king beds and HBO in english!
We left Cabo San Lucas on Saturday morning after doing 'the loop' heading back north the 1500 or so km to San Felipe when ....everybody's nightmare - we had a auto accident! It all happened so fast that even sitting here today thinking about it, we can't figure out exactly how it happened the way it did. We ended up spending another 3 days in Cabo San Lucas waiting to see about the car. (pictures of the hotel courtyard)
The mechanic that the adjuster recommended must has been on his payroll because they weren't interested in just getting us back on the road, they wanted to fix it all - - so we took the car to a radiator guy and he 'fixed' it Mexican style. But it runs and it's not overheating and we're 'taking it easy' and heading 'home'....
Anyway, here's my account: we were following behind two tractor-trailers and a car. When the second truck pulled out to pass the first truck Michel thought this would be a safe time to do the same - only we're passing a car and a tractor-trailer. Still - - lots of time and a long stretch of road. BUT - the car in front decides to pull out as we come up beside it - he's running us off the road! Michel swerved left a little, but as you know there are no shoulders on the Mexican roads, and our drivers' side tires catch the dirt and pull. So Michel steers right - first instinct is to stay on the road. In the mean time the truck in front of us slows down, and we swerve right and hit his back trailer wheel head on. WOW ! Stopped us dead!! The other car, luckily veers left and goes off the road. No one was hurt, and the only vehicle with any damage is ours (lucky us - we've heard some horror stories about Mexicans suing and people losing everything) But we were also blessed, the driver of the other car was a good Christian travelling with his wife and two little girls - he felt so bad for his part in this accident that he wanted to help 'pay' . We ended up taking his $200.00 because he wouldn't take no for an answer. Anyway the story is long enough already, so I'll end by saying that the accident happened around 10 am and it was 3 pm by the time the tow truck arrived to take us back to Cabo San Lucas. What a long day!!
Here are a couple of pictures of the car.
The beach was beautiful and of course the weather was HOT.
Michel did a little snorkelling. Here is a picture of him coming out of the water. He was stung by a large jelly fish, so that ended his snorkelling for the day. The sting went across his neck, across his back in a 'Z' formation, then around to his belly. He said it stung like someone had poured acid on his skin......
When we got there it was closed, but we wandered around the perimeter for awhile and in a while someone showed up and let us in thru the side gate.
There were many species of of cactus - too many to picture, but here is a common one - the Barrel Cactus
Michel amid some of the huge cactus.
Myself amid the Pipe Organ Cactus
This is their welcome sign onto the boardwalk.
This is a picture of the Hotel Pekin, our place of choice for the night - a chinese restaurant (very good food!!) with a hotel upstairs.
Once again the Mexican churces are amazing. This is the outside picture.
This is a picture of the inside.
Here we are at the entrance to the Mission
Here is a picture of the Mission church - you can see it in the distance....
This is a picture taken from the courtyard out front of the church
Here is a write up about the mission. If you double click it will enlarage and you'll be able to read it.
This is a picture of the inside of the church.
We walked around town and took a few pictures to share .....This is one of a shopping plaza downtown. Sure is clean!!
And of course - the church - Mexico has such beautiful churces.
This is a shot of an outside shopping plaza.
Here is a picture of the boat we went sailing on. It belongs to friends Rick and Wendy from San Felipe. We spent a week with them aboard this 42' sailboat, cruising the Sea of Cortez and anchoring in beautiful bays.
The 'Williwaw' anchored at Peurto Escondito
Hoisting the jib