It was a dark and stormy morning… actually it kind of was. Somehow we’d picked the worst weather of our week here to go fishing. We arrived at the docks just in time for a light rain to begin and the wind to pick up. Here’s our boat…
…no wait, here’s our boat…
They wouldn’t let us out of the harbor until about 7:30, but eventually we got underway. Here’s a video clip of the trip out. Note the waves and the splashes around the boats. We were on a 31 foot boat.
Shortly after we got out to sea we briefly hooked large marlin. It jumped out of the water three or four times before the line broke. It was amazing. These fish are big and they’re fast. It’s a bad shot but this is what we saw.
We cruised around for a couple more hours, catching sight of a few more fish, before seasickness caught up with us. We then exercised the better part of valor and called it a day. We hadn’t caught anything, but it was still an interesting experience. Next time we’ll try checking the weather forecast before booking.
Friday was Loni’s birthday! Yay!!!
Friday started pretty slow. Loni and Sam got up late in the morning and watched a movie while I made omelets for breakfast. The omelets looked good but were not a big hit. I think I needed some more interesting ingredients. I used avocado and manchego cheese. Oh well.
After breakfast we signed up for a few activities; golf on Saturday, fishing on Monday and the highlight of Loni’s big day a sunset Surfrider cruise that evening. We then hiked into town and went shopping. Sam was looking for a hat and flip flops and comparing tequila prices (you should definitely shop around). Loni find a nice dress that she changed into for the cruise later. Since money was no object on my daughter’s birthday, I bought her the hat you see above. We ate a late lunch at the Baja Cantina. This is the place I couldn’t remember the name of yesterday. The appetizer was an excellent catch-of-the-day ceviche followed, for me, by carne asada. It was delicious!
After lunch we went over to the dock (Main dock, gate 4) to board our cruise. We were there a bit early so they told us to go sit in the shade somewhere. Senior Frogs was handy we we got a few beers and watched the people wander by. The weather was really hot. When the line finally did form they were only letting a few people through at a time. First they had to take your picture, so they could sell it to you later, then let you on the boat, then check your ticket, then hand you a beer or margarita, then you had to find a place to sit. It was grueling, but the cruise was awesome! I’ll shut up for a bit and just share some pictures…
While we were hanging out here, Sam saw a manta ray jump out of the water about six feet. We were told that it’s mating season and they attract mates by the slap they make when they land back on the water.
My camera battery went dead at this point and I didn’t have a spare with me. A little further up the coast we saw a little fish leaping out of the water followed by a big fish that was trying to catch it. Sam and Loni also saw a few more manta rays in the distance. The ocean around here is a very busy place.
The rest of the cruise was the show. All the birthday people, including Loni, and newlyweds were appropriately honored.
After the cruise we made are way to Baja Brewing to check out the view, listen to the music and finish off the day.
I’m really proud of my daughter. She’s a beautiful, intelligent and very fun young woman who’s accomplishing a lot with her life. Happy birthday, Loni. I love you very much.
While Pacificos are a reasonable way to stay hydrated while in Mexico, yesterday we struck pay dirt.
Thursday was the “get familiar with your surroundings” day. We got a cab to downtown, ate lunch at Cabo Wabo (the lobster tacos were very good) and wandered around the marina. Cabo, at least this time of year, in contrast to Puerto Vallarta is pretty laid back. In Puerto Vallarta it seems like you can’t walk past another human being without them trying to sell you something. Here, not so much. Well not so much until you walk around the marina. Everyone has a water taxi and they all want to take you out to see the arch. This included one guy who we weren’t quite sure could stay standing long enough to get us to his boat. We graciously declined. Lots of nice boats though and the fish you can see from the water’s edge are amazing!
We caught a cab back to the hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around the pool with a bucket of Pacificos. When they started setting up for their 70’s and 80’s music show it seemed like a good time to go take a nap. Vacations are great!
We ate dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. The food, particularly the pizza, was ok, but the view was awesome! It doesn’t get much more idyllic than this.
Of course, I was with two of my favorite people. So that made it even better.
After dinner we walked up the beach toward town. Warm air, the sound of the surf, the stars overhead, the sand on our feet. I recommend it.
As we got close to town we started looking for a place to sit awhile. We passed by a couple places (The Mango Deck and The Office) that were a bit too loud and obnoxious, at least for this evening, and found a quieter place with great service. I forget the name, but I’ll add it here later. It was a nice spot and Loni and Sam proclaimed it the best place yet.
While we were sitting there we kept hearing some live music from somewhere nearby and it was pretty good. I thought I could see a club next door called “Spiritual”. So after finishing up, we decided to go check it out. The place I was seeing was called “Sparitual”, clever name but it wasn’t a club. It was a closed spa and it wasn’t where the music was coming from. If only I could see.
We could still hear the music, so we continued wandering through a hotel complex and eventually figured out that the music was coming from the top of one of the buildings. At about the same time we passed a sign that said “Elevator to Baja Brewing”. That caught my attention, so we checked it out. Awesome spot! Beautiful view of the city and the bay. Real beer! Really good beer! I had a red and an oatmeal stout. At last, we’d found a break from Pacificos!
Cabo has passed the test. Yes, it is a good place. I highly recommend it.