Saturday, 26 September 2015
26.09.2015 - 26.09.2015
Early in the morning we arrived in Cabo San Lucas Bay at the Southern tip of Baja California. Our meeting time was 07:45 for the tender ride to the port. There was the usual delay as the ship positioned itself to provide best protection from the wind and swell. The tender provided an exciting ride with the crew handing out sick-bags during the 10 minute trip. Unusually in my experience there was even a wheel-chair bound person aboard. Normally you need at leased limited mobility.
Our tour started with a drive through the town and a visit to the Glass Factory. Quite an extensive facility that melts down recycled glass bottles to create beautiful art objects. We were treated to a demonstration by one of the artists as he quickly created a turtle with a sombrero. The obligatory gift shop was crammed with many objects in a bewildering range of colours, sizes and shapes.
A short distance along the highway we stopped at a restaurant where we were treated to a cold drink. The second floor provided an excellent view back to the Bay where our ship was riding at anchor. Also in the Bay was the Crown Princess and they made for a pretty picture on the deep blue water.
The coach took us along the coastline to San Jose del Cabo past many extensive and expensive resorts. The economy of the region has been completely changed from fishing, including one-time a fish cannery, to now tourism and related services. The resorts have extensively planted gardens and even golf courses in an environment that is fundamentally desert with less than four inches annual rainfall.
The City Hall, the Town Square and the Spanish Mission of San Jose del Cabo were all immaculately clean and looked to be freshly painted. The remnant decorations from the recent Independence Day celebrations provided unexpected sparkle under the blazing sun. We spent some time visiting a number of stores selling silver, glass and pottery objects. There was also some amazing bead-work consisting of wooden carved objects decorated with thousands of tiny beads.
Back on the coach and we drove the 30 minutes or so back to Cabo San Lucas where we joined a long queue of passengers waiting to board a tender back to the ship. Members of the ship's crew provided us with chilled towels and cups of iced water. They were certainly needed as the temperature was well over 30 °C and there was only limited shade. The line moved surprisingly quickly and we were soon aboard a tender and back to the ship. Rarely has the air-conditioned cool of the ship been such a relief.
Glasses of iced lemonade and some food restored our hydration and after some last-minute snaps from the open deck we both adopted a horizontal position on the bed. No great surprise that we didn't wake up until after the ship had retrieved the tenders, raised the anchor and was on her way South once more.
A lovely collection of flavours from the Mexican Taco counter made for an interesting dinner. Topped that off with a generous slice of pecan pie and we were well on the way to being sated.
Tonight's entertainment is limited to a 'Piano Entertainer' with no further description, we've decided we can have a better time reading our books. In case you remember, I have been reading the book about the bombing of Europe during WWII. I'm about two thirds through and it has been a revelation with details about the effectiveness from both sides of the conflict. It also exposes some of the questionable actions by commanders at the highest levels. War is certainly a dirty business.
The ship is thundering along at 20 knots I believe we're trying to avoid a meeting with a patch of bad weather. It looks like something to keep an eye out for.
That's about it for today other than to report an alarming 'blue screen' on the laptop when we returned aboard. I switched it off, gave it a break for an hour or so and it now appears to be functioning normally.
Today's image is of the Spanish Mission in San Jose Del Cabo. You can view the image by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony