Tuesday, November 8th: Chillin' at Cabo Azul
Weather: sunny and 89F with 29% humidity
Route: room--> beach --> pool --> room --> supermarket --> room --> beach --> room
Today the Diamond Resorts members elected to take advantage of a long all-day members-only bus tour to La Paz, including catamaran sailing and a shopping stop in Todos Santos on the way home. The only caveat was they must also attend a marketing breakfast tomorrow. Rather than plan excursions of our own, I and the two other guests chose to enjoy the many offerings of the luxurious Cabo Azul resort. I walked on the beach where I saw a few pelicans, then did isometrics in the pool while the young couple joined a pool aerobics session followed by a Yoga stretch session.
Our attention was directed to an osprey eating lunch on the thatched roof of the poolside restaurant. It spent more than an hour up there. The young couple enjoyed pizza served poolside. I ate leftover chicken, potatoes and mole (that's mol-ay) in our suite while working on a crossword puzzle. Could life be any better?
Last night at the member meeting Sis learned that the local and intercity buses here are the best transportation to use and easy to figure out. After lunch Young Laddie and I decided to try a short "Urbano" bus trip to the supermarket to test the accuracy of the info. (I should say here that both of us speak a little Spanish so we were not taking as big a risk as one might think.) We were told that the bus cost MXN$12.5/person but received MXN$27.00 in change from MXN$50.00 for the two of us. We were mainly shopping for food for tonight's dinner but also picked up a few more breakfast breads. Because rice is such a popular staple here, I thought there would be a vast assortment of types. Alas, the only choice was which package size of white rice to buy. The two of us were able to fit everything into our two backpacks. The bus ride back was MXN$25.00 each.????
We joined Young Lass at the pool. She was beginning to recover from Saturday's concert plus Sunday's jet lag. Our hot afternoon bus ride didn't feel so bad followed by a dip in the pool. Once we were dry we headed back to the room to prep the ingredients for a 19:00 dinner, the approximate return time of the members' tour. I hoped, with only garlic, lemons and parsley, we could do justice to the three incredibly fresh whole red snappers. Our dilemma was whether to cook the entire 750g of rice tonight and save the leftovers for rice pudding breakfast or to cook just enough for dinner. Because we had a big pot we chose to cook it all.
By 16:30 the rice was cooked. We still had time, an hour before sunset, to take a walk on the beach towards the Estuary where we stumbled on a small group watching the last 12 of 35 baby turtles running down the sand towards the surf. What a treat to see those little guys struggling to start their life in the ocean. Young Lass was happy to have her husband's camera finally pointing somewhere other than at her. In his defense, she is a lovely and very photogenic person.
The acrobatics of the Swallows over the Estuary warned us to beware of mosquitoes. We only stayed long enough to climb into the small lookout tower before retreating back to Cabo Azul where we encountered another group watching baby turtles run across the dark sand to the dark waves. The group liberating this batch was different from and knew nothing about the earlier group. We later learned that releasing baby turtles was a tourist activity offered by many of the resorts here, in conjunction with biologists at the Los Cabos municipality.
The gi-normously comical pot of rice was a little sticky after sitting in the hot pot while we were gone. Just as the 3 whole red snappers had finished baking in parchment for 45 minutes the member couple returned. They were exhausted from their full day of activities. While they decompressed and freshened up, broccoli and wine made its way to the table, along with shrimp scampi for the one non-fish lover. There will be plenty of leftover rice and fish for another meal.
Now Young Laddie informed us he would be following his Election Night tradition of watching the USA election coverage. Our day ended at midnight with the realization that Donald Trump would probably be the next President of the USA - not the result we were hoping for but we were going to give him the benefit of the doubt for a few months.
About the Los Cabos Sea Turtle Release Program: Sea turtles have been living on earth for 225 million years, surviving the rise and extinction of the dinosaurs. 6 of the 8 sea turtle species are now being threatened by human activity, both intended and unintended. For millions of years 2 of the species -- the Olive Ridley or Golfino and the Leatherback -- have been nesting on the beaches of Los Cabos.
Near the San Jose del Cabo Estuary the Los Cabos municipal government supports biologists who patrol the beaches searching for eggs, transferring them to nurseries, and then releasing the hatchlings from their original nest site when conditions are best for their run to the ocean.
The sex of a hatchling is determined by the temperature of the nest. Cooler nests produce more males. By controlling the nursery temperature a 50-50 balance of males and females ensures the best chance of future diversity.
Hatchlings are drawn to the natural light on the horizon which reflects off ocean waves at sunrise or sunset. Lights from human activities, such as from beachside resorts or streets, can confuse the babies into running away from the sea towards the beach. Both sea turtle species nesting here like to eat jellyfish, so are important to the balance of life in the ocean.
Today's compatibility assessment = A, based on level of cooperation, environmental awareness and political tolerance