Bridgie's Babble - April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007
up to date, I am now going to summarize my thoughts on our final trip down the outside and into Cabo San
Lucas. I have to do it now before I forget what even happened!
The trip from Magdalena Bay to Cabo San Lucas was relatively uneventful. Long, but uneventful. Sure,
there was plenty of wind and unwanted waves. But it was also the first time we were able to make the
passage without our winter coats and gloves. The sun was shining, pods of dolphins visited and vacation
screamed loud and clear. Can you imagine the joyous emotion I experienced when we rounded the corner
to Cabo and we were FINALLY in a semi-tropical climate? If so, think again! Here's what really
happened.....we set the hook (anchor for those non-boating types) in the bay and I went down below to
have a nervous breakdown..yup, I sure did! Now, there was no single negative occurrence, especially of
recent, that would have caused this collapse. We had just completed a series of overnight passages, with this
one, at 28 hours a much more comfortable one than all the previous. So, what happened? Who knows!? All
I can say is that it must have been building up and I just didn't have time to confront my fears and, at times,
the terrifying situations while in route. Now that we were safe and sound in Cabo, it was time to crack and I
did just that! After an hour or so of hysteria, I took a nap, we ate some dinner and settled in for a long night
of rest. In the morning I had recovered and was ready to tackle the next leg to Mazatlan, a 3 day crossing to
the mainland, if that is where we decided we wanted to go. I guess I just had to get it out. John's strength,
understanding and support helped me get through that late afternoon outburst (instead of throwing me
overboard!). I am so fortunate to have his love and I admire him more every day.
I'm not going to write much on Cabo. If you like loud beaches, lots of jet skis and banana boats, etc, then
this is the place for you. However, being anchored in the bay in a sailboat is an uncomfortable experience.
The tourists come from the cruise ships and by plane to this beautiful place. They haven't been exposed to
warmer weather and water in who knows how long. They only have a week to "let the good times roll" so
they do so on water toys with engines. And while they are doing so, they use your boat as a turn
around/show off point....a look what I can do!!! sort of attitude comes out. Meanwhile, you are trying to
make something for breakfast, or dinner...you get my point....and the boat is pitching left, right, front and
back, like a hobby horse...from 7 AM until 8 PM. The wake that is caused from these "toys" makes
everything and everybody on the boat hit the floor! Let's not forget that the beach is lined with palapas
offering 2 X 1 beers and liquors all day long, making the driving skills of these energetic tourists much better
(or so they think). Also, Cabo is expensive. The charges for all services including food and meals is
equivalent to Los Angeles and most establishments trade in U.S. Dollars, not Mexican Pesos. Suffice it to
say that I was anxious to move on to someplace else, which we did 5 days later.