Los Cabos 2013 – Part III

OK Part III will be pics from Diana’s camera. It’s mainly pics of places where I wouldn’t have taken my SLR just cause I hate lugging it around for long periods of time. So excuse the lower quality pics and enjoy the content instead LOL.

The night that we got there, this huge ass moth was on our screen door. Even with my hand in the pic for comparison, it’s tough to tell how big it actually was. It’s body was HUGE – if you stepped on it, there would probably be a big mess.

Selfies at the pool.

This couple was probably the most kinkiest couple at the resort – and there were a lot of them… they were all pretty old too. I guess when you reach a certain age, you start not giving a shit about what people think and try to somehow embrace your sexuality in the kinkiest way possible. This lady wore a g-string to the pool everyday. I didn’t notice until she got up off her chair and into the pool that I noticed there were two moons in my face. When she got out, there was probably 2 inches of fabric covering her vajayjay and let me just say… she was as bare as a baby’s bum. SO. WEIRD.

She was sporting the huge implants, botox and everything too. Turned lots of heads whenever she was out hahahahaha

No. She was not good looking.

I don’t remember when this selfie was taken. I’m pretty sure it was after a rum and coke chugging contest… Judging by how red Diana’s face is. LOL

On Thursday we did our first excursion/tour. We headed out to the Marina for the glass bottom boat tour around the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. This was at the docks… Super nice place. There was even a Luxury Avenue that I wanted to go take a look at. They sold things like David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, etc…

Here’s a pic of the boat. I thought the whole bottom was going to be glass. Turned out that only the center portion was – as you can see.

A nice sunburnt couple offered to take a pic of us because we are always taking selfies. You can’t see it, but Diana is about halfway to getting seasick. LOLOL

Pelican’s Cove. They call their Pelican’s their Mexican turkeys haha. This is basically where they chill all day and the beach behind them is public so people can come swim in that water. It’s one of the many spots that you can snorkel and scuba dive since there are a lot of crazy fish down there.

The tour guide chucked some food in the water and immediately all the fish came rushing up and you can watch them through the glass.

Probably hundreds down there.

This was one of the many mini caves as we made our way to the Arch. I believe this was called the Lover’s Cave or Couple’s Cave. Either way, the tour guide said “usually two go in, and three come out… 9 months later”. hahahahaha

This was what they called the Arch at the south send of the Peninsula. This is the spot where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez – it is essentially the splitting point.

Up ahead a little further is what they refer to as the “Scooby Doo” rock. It’s kind of shaped in that formation. There were a ton of rock formations that were dubbed something to stand out to tourists.

This little thing is the last tip of the last rock at the Peninsula.

Here is another cave at the end of the beach area.

I zoomed in a bit so you can see, but they said there’s a little boy hitch hiking right outside the cave. You can see it on the right of the cave in the rocks.

On the way back from the boat ride, Diana spotted Justin Bieber’s boat.

We hopped back onto the tour bus and made our way to a glass blowing factory. It was a tiny shop, but man it was hot. I believe the first oven they use – the one to melt the glass is at 1400 degrees. They have another oven at 400 degrees to ‘cool’ down the glass and set it before it’s completed.

Here’s our tour guide who was giving us information on it all. He pulled that Tequila bottle out of the bin to the right. Everything they make is made using recycled bottles – mostly clear ones. Clear glass can be recycled thousands of times.

Here are the four workers. The lady handles the cooling of the finished glass work while the three men work on creating sculptures, culinary items – dishes, cups, etc, and decorations like ornaments and swords.

This was the main dude creating a sample piece for us today. He just pulled that glass out of the oven and is turning and blowing it.

Here’s a good pic of him blowing the glass. It’s funny that they call it glass blowing when he really only blew it twice for about 3 seconds. The rest of the process involves no blowing at all.

This was what he was doing most of the time. Excuse the blurry pic – it’s because I zoomed in quite a bit since we were standing a fair bit away. He used tongs to shape and pull the glass.

His buddy would bring out other pieces of heated glass and press it onto the main piece. This is how shapes are made – out of multiple pieces, not one.

Here he is shaping the second piece that was just placed on.

You can start to see that it’s coming together. Multiple pieces of glass being places and shaped.

Within 5 minutes, he’s done. An elephant made out of 11 separate pieces of glass. Even the eyes were molded, shaped, and colored.

Inside their shop they had a bunch of stuff on display and for sale. I took pics of some of the stuff – here are swords and crosses. That was the end of the glass blowing tour.

We hopped back onto the bus and made our way to the flea market for some souvenir shopping. This picture was of the public beach that was passed while on the boat tour. Anyone and everyone can come here whenever they want. You can see on the right of the picture in the water – there’s a dude using a water jetpack hovering all around. Pretty cool haha

One of the interesting tidbits that we learned from the tour guide was that Cabos thrives on tourism and the money and business that they bring to the city. Cabos is generally a very new place that is only about 150 years old since they started booming. Our tour guide mentioned that the good thing about the city is that there is no welfare – if you want to eat, you have to work. Only 5% of the population in Cabos do not work, and they believe that it’s the 5% of people that simply do not want to work. For the most part, everybody has a job and everybody loves to work.

At the end of the day, it makes you think about whether welfare is worth having. It’s good to be used as a back up cushion should you ever find yourself laid off or unemployed for a short amount of time. However, any sort of safety net means that there is always room for people to take advantage of it. Food for thought.

This was on Friday – our last night in Cabo. We had originally booked the Sunset tour to be on Thursday for Diana’s birthday but we had to swap it with the boat/city tour. The ATV tour was later in the evening so that we could ride along the beach and then watch the sunset – something I was looking forward to all week.

This pic is of the bathroom sinks – just thought it was pretty crazy looking so I took a quick pic LOL.

As we were getting fitted for helmets, Enrique – our guide, fitted Diana with two adult helmets but they were both so big on her tiny head so she got stuck with an infant helmet. LOL

Happy Fox Power!!!

Shots of our ATV’s. We were lucky that we had only one other couple ride with us and fortunately, he was a good rider and was able to keep up.

Getting ready to roll out.

Shot of the bike…

Gangster selfies. We also decided to buy those masks to use because we saw the used ones that they were lending out and they looked nasty. They were also only $3 LOL.

It was a good idea too because half way through the ride, you start to notice that it gets moist from your breath and it would be so sick to be breathing in someone else’s nasty ass moist breath.

Right when we left up the trail.

A pic of the beach as we rode across it. Excuse the pics, the ride was super bumpy and never smooth so it was difficult for Diana to get a steady and straight shot haha

We ended up going up a big mountain and rode past cows and old shacks

Horses too… and none of them gave a shit about us. They just stood there hahaha

We were lucky enough to go far enough and stop in the small, secluded town of Candelaria. If we were in a big group of inexperienced riders – we probably wouldn’t have been able to make it this far. Enrique mentioned that since the trail to get up to Candelaria is somewhat difficult, they usually don’t come this far.

At first glance, it looks just like an ordinary town and it was nothing really special to see. It was actually kind of weird going off the dirt path and into a town with less than exciting views.

However, once we stopped – Enrique gave us a good half hour walk around the town and gave us more information on the people living here.

Here’s Enrique talking about the roof of the houses. He’s pointing to one in the distance, but you can see right behind him that the roofs are all hand made by the people in the town. The leaves are taken from the palm trees and woven together meticulously with many layers. The process of weaving that many layers means that water doesn’t get through and slides right off – a lot more involved and complicated than laying down shingles, but the goal is ultimately the same.

There is one church in the town and it’s a small one. However, it’s big enough for all the people that live here. There are 16 families and about 38 people living here only. The church is used on the last Sunday of every month – but it is open to the residents any time.

One of the more interesting facts about the people living here is that they are some of the oldest people around. Three people in the small town of Candelaria are over the age of 100 and most people here live to be over the age of 90. Everybody works and there is no use of vehicles – they use donkeys. They only eat what they grow and only purchase the things they can’t make – like salt.

The town has three schools – a kindergarten, middle school, and a high school all within walking distance of each other. This is a shot of the kindergarten, and as you can see – it’s as big as a classroom here. That’s all they need for 16 families.

This is a shot of the black basin on top of all the houses. The black basins hold water from the spring not too far away that carries fresh water for the people here. The reason it’s in a black basin and on top of the house is so that it can be heated by the sun for when they take showers, wash dishes and basically use it for anything else in the household. When the water is empty, they have to go to the spring to refill it.

Enrique also mentioned that they only drink the water that they find – they can’t drink bottle water or else it makes them sick – not because bottle water is bad, but because they’re stomachs are not used to the process of filtered water and also eating processed foods. Whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure…

Here, Enrique talks about the many different plants that are around the town. The cactus he’s pointing to is the only type of cactus that carries water inside. Again – can’t confirm it, but that’s what he said.

You can see the Agave planted around as well.

A shot of the church and size.

After the town tour, we made our way back to the trail and back onto the beach to catch the final few minutes of the sunset.

We stopped at the edge of the beach where the waves smashed up against the rocks to watch.

As we were waiting for the sun to peek out from behind the clouds, we took a shot with Enrique. He is surprisingly photogenic… LOL

He also said not to post this on facebook because he’s too popular… hahahahaha

Here is where the sun was finally setting. You don’t know a sunset until you see one go down into the horizon of the Pacific ocean. You could literally look straight at it and watch it slowly move down. It took probably 15 seconds for it to be completely gone. Perfect timing and it was awesome to see.

To be honest, I thought the ATV tour was going to be maybe a half hour long at most and down a dusty trail. All in all, the actual riding time was about 2 hours and we did donuts, went up rocky trails and mountains, passed by tons of wildlife… probably the best excursion we’ve done so far and well worth the money. I told Enrique he had the best job and replied “someone has to do it”.

We ended our final night with another chugging challenge – but this time with Amaretto and Coke. A lot better but I still lost. Jesus Christ.

Part IV will be the last part! Pics from my phone and then we’ll get back to our regular business of cars.

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