November 19th, 2018

 

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Well it’s been a long few months waiting to get back on the road and to travel again.  Since our last visit to Los Cabos in Mexico to attend our nephew and nieces’ wedding we have been plagued with a few medical ailments that have had us both in the hospital; undergoing MRI’s and many other tests.  Earl has undergone a  successful stint implant (after discovering a 99% blockage in his artery).  I have been hospitalized for pancreatitis; been keeping a close eye on a growing ovarian cyst (which is now the size of lemon but benign I’m happy to say; and also watching a breast growth and hoping to keep all this under control.  So you can see why we are anxious to get our travelling well on it’s way again.

We will be boarding our plane leaving Pearson International Airport early Thursday morning heading back to Los Cabos where we are looking forward to birding excursions, some ocean front time and lots and lots of sun.  The resort is near a quaint little Mexican town along that corridor and I hope to get a chance to take pictures of the people and their culture.  This little town rest in the valley between a mountain and the ocean.  Just beautiful.

So this is just to let you all know of our upcoming adventures and to keep you eyes open for our blog.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

THE CULTURE OF OCEAN FRONT VENDORS IN LOS CABOS, MEXICO

While at my nephew John Forget and his new wife Carrie-Ann’s destination wedding at The Riu Palace in Los Cabos, Mexico during the week of April 14th, 2018 I had an opportunity to speak with and photograph some vendors on the beach at the Riu Palace in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Most were so happy to share their stories with me and it was clear that most of them depend on their sales from long hours – morning, afternoon and early evening to provide for their families.

This is Alfredo Whitegloves.  He was more than happy to refer me to google where his name was on a Trip Advisor review.  He was most certainly a very personable gentlemen and proud of his craft.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g152515-d503041-r487664333-Hotel_Riu_Palace_Cabo_San_Lucas-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html

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The gentleman with the iguana wearing the Mexican sombrero earned his day’s pay by letting people pose with his little friend and  for a fee, leave with a picture of their experience.

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The lovely fellow below had a great talent for carvings.  He took great pride in his art and I was very impressed with the quality of his work.

 

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Some of the vendors had a fantastic sense of humor as I found in this man’s invitations to be photographed.  He was indeed a clown with a ability to make the visitors on the beach of Los Cabos laugh.  He sold cigars and was pretty successful at selling them to the gentlemen walking along the shoreline.

 

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Everyone who visits Riu Palace probably will be in need of sunglasses and this vendor took the opportunity to sell his wares to whoever would strike a conversation with him.

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Another important apparel on the beach is hats.  Big ones, small ones, colorful ones and something for everyone.  The gentlemen painstakingly worked on embellishing his hats as he rested while chatting with prospective buyers.

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The children visiting Los Cabos were not forgotten.  They thoroughly enjoyed the kites, parachutes and other toys that this lovely lady demonstrated for them.

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Many of the ladies along the beach took an interest in the beach covers and/or blankets wraps that they saw and where quite please to try a few and model them to help them decide which one they would purchase from this vendor.

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A big draw to the beach was the hand carved.  hand painted and personaly signed bowls that this vendor was selling.  Many people were happy to purchase their favorites and bring them home as souvenirs or gifts for loved one as a keepsake of their visit to Los Cabos.

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This fellow also made parachutes for children to fly.  They were very entertaining and kept the boys and girls occupied for hours.

 

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These Mexican Sombreros where very popular on the beach here in Mexico and this lady had a huge variety of them

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One of the most enjoyable experiences on the beach and a huge attraction was the horses.  A few men would bring their horses down to the beach in the early morning and would remain til the early evening.  The horses were so healthy and their owners would take turns bringing the back to the watering hole every hour to make sure they were well hydrated.  People were happy to pay the pride for a 5 minute ride along the ocean shoreline.

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The gentlemen made personalized bracelets on the beach.  If he didn’t have the name you wanted he would take some time to prepare them with custom orders.

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It was a privilege to have met all of these vendors and to hear their stories.  They work hard to earn a living and take such pride in their crafts.  I left feeling like I had made a few new friends and hope to meet them again some day.