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.

 

 

 

March 27th, 2018

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN RANGE

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/hieroglyphic-trail

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Resource:  Internet

This was the inspiration for completing our 3 mile hike up the Superstition Mountain Range on the HIEROGLYPHIC-TRAIL today.

After researching this destination Earl suggested that we take this moderately difficult trail today complete with Casey and Finnigan, a packed lunch, lots of water (for us and the dogs), and all of our camera gear.  After misplacing my quick release strap for Canon camera we had to detour to a camera shop in Phoenix to get myself another one.  

Arriving at our GPS guided destination we found a locked gate, a sign stating the trail was closed and ran over a huge rock (no damage to the car) a huge new high end luxury homes sub division was built where the trail used to be.  Lucky for us we decided to scout around to see what was there and we located a new road posted with clear signs directing us to the new parking lot at the bottom of the mountain we would be attempting to climb.

A couple of places along the trail were gated (mostly for livestock) and we had a bit of trouble convincing Finnigan to make the jump above the bar so he chose to go under it (yup, that is our boy.

Once the gate was safely closed behind us we made our way up the Hieroglphic-trail and on our way to find the springs we read about.

We were not a half a mile up yet and our muscles were “screaming” at us “WHAT – WE ARE DOING THIS AGAIN TODAY” – ARE WE CRAZY”.  Earl and I looked at each other, took a deep and cleansing breath and continued on.

To make a long story short we were very happy that we did and proud once again of this physical accomplishment.  Hiking is a new activity we’ve built into our lives now that we are fully retired and have to time to travel and experience the world from a different and celestial point of view (from on top of the world looking down).

We met so many new people both on the way up and on the way down and we were thankful for the opportunity to catch our breath while everyone took time to meet and visit and but scratch Casey and Finnigan.  It is so apparent the impact that animals have on we humans.  There is a calmness and a satisfaction that comes with hugging and loving our pets.

Casey and Finnigan had never been hiking (never walking more than a half hour at a time and never on such a steep slope) and in this next image they seem to be asking us “WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING – ARE YOU SERIOUS?”

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I just love Finnigan’s smile and Casey’s look of curiosity and astonishment. LOL

When we got to the top of the mountain – well not really the top but where we were heading anyway I was a bit surprised because the image I saw gave me the impression we would see a waterfall.  What I hadn’t realized was that happens in the spring when the rains occur and gently flow to the springs below.  But we did see a depression with water in the rocks.

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In these images it is very difficult to see but you can spot a bit of it where all the people are walking about.

However we were very pleased to see the heirogryphics on the rocks.  There are so many places that indicate the native populations here in Arizona.

Earl took a few pictures of a squirrel like critter and some birds living in or around the caves.

I have so many beautiful pictures to show you so I will put it in a slideshow and you can view it if you wish to do so.

And of course he couldn’t resist taking pictures of me resting on the rocks while he made me nervous watching him climb higher on the mountain to get the perfect picture.  It was a nail biting experience for me.

We both took so many beautiful landscape and nature photographs – I mean a lot so I am putting them in this slide show that you can watch if you wish.  It is very worth it to experience the beauty of  the Superstition Mountain Range.

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Enjoy!  I will see you again soon.

Big hugs everyone!

 

 

March 24th, 2018

Good news.  We would like to congratulate our nephew Trevor Pause and his wife Laura on the birth of the son Nolan.  Welcome to the family Nolan.

WIND STORMS IN ARIZONA:

While our family and friends in Ontario, Canada are patiently awaiting for the snow to melt and for the spring flowers to bloom, we here in Arizona have learned all about Sand Storms here in the desert.  The winds can pick up quickly and blow at 60 km an hr on the low side blowing sand in the sky so high that it makes driving a blinding experience.

All tarps, tents and awnings are quickly pulled up and put away to avoid and damage by the winds.

DINNER WITH THE WHITESIDES:

We left Ontario on February 2, 2018 with Colin and Sharon Whiteside.  I can’t believe today is already March 24th and our friends will be leaving us in the morning to continue their trip to Vancouver to meet up and visit with Colin’s family.  They will head towards San Francisco, California where Colin is hoping to see and take pictures of the large ships there.  Earl and I will remain here for another week and head towards Kentucky on March 30th.

So tonight Earl and I hosted a lovely Chicken dinner complete with stuffing, corn, carrots, mashed potatoes and grave and cheese cake for desert.  It was so delicious!  Afterwards we spend time setting around the fire remembering all the fun and good times we shared.  Earl and I are going to miss them until we get back home.  Be safe guys!

CHANGES TO OUR CAMPER:

As we live in the motorhome we find ourselves making minor chances here and there to organize our space and making it more efficient and comfortable.

Two day ago we bought a new table lamp and I wanted to place it on the dining room table, which we did.  However that meant moving the radio somewhere else so Earl put a shelve under the table where we placed the boom box – thus freeing up the table.  Brilliant Earl and thank you.

Also I needed some place to keep my bird, butterfly, animal and photography books so he built me a shelf above the window behind his side of the table.  It looks really good.  Job well done.

We are very happy with how easy and comfortable it is to live in our motorhome.  Everything has a place and a purpose.  We don’t change things up or around as to not make things confusing and this keeps everyone happy and relaxed.

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You can see here the shelf that he build but I have a few more books to place there yet.

That is about it for the news today folks.  See you around!

Goodnight.