It’s Another Tequila Sunrise… and Sunset

Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos, Mexico

Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos, Mexico

We decided to get up for another sunrise given the joy we were blessed with the day before. It was quite different this morning with a large layer of clouds settled on the horizon. That does not make a bad sunrise, just different. Although not what you would consider traditional “stormy” weather, it was obvious the tide picked up even more and the waves are now crashing with even more intensity at heights of up to 40 feet. It is truly spectacular.

Bev and the surf

Bev and the surf

After a lovely sunset walk on the beach, and the accompanying photo shoot, we grabbed a bite of breakfast and decided to head in to San Jose Del Cabo as we had not yet spent any time in town, rather always just in Cabo san Lucas.

It was described as a great walking town and indeed it was, except for the extreme heat and humidity, which made the walking less than ideal. We came to the beautiful Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti. It was established in1730 by Father Nicholas Tamaral. the region’s Pericu Indians sacked and destroyed the four southern missions, including the Mission of San Jose, in 1734. During the uprising, Father Tamaral was murdered with great cruelty. Apparently he was trying to stop the polygamist behavior of the natives.

Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti

Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti

Sanctuary of the Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti

Sanctuary of the Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti

From the church we wandered into a couple of shops and were absolutely shocked at how expensive the crafts were. Now, grant you , they were spectacular, hand-painted pottery, gorgeous silver jewelry, BUT at $50 for a small serving dish, it was way overpriced.

After a bit of window shopping, we spotted a tequila tasting room. Now that sounded more like my idea of fun. Carl took some great video and I certainly learned more about one of my favorite beverages. The best tequilas come from the area of the Town of Tequila (which is the namesake of Tequila). The volcano rich soil creates the very best and largest agave plants making for a smoother and sweeter tequila. The owner’s wife was originally from the town of Tequila. We tasted Blanco, which is tequila that is not aged, and is best mixed with cocktails. Next up was Repasado which is tequila aged 6-9 months (oddly enough, not nearly as good as Blanco) and lastly, Añejo which is aged in wood barrels for 2 years. Añejo is clearly a fantastic sipping tequila and is in no need of mixers. We also sampled Damiana Tequila Liqueur as well as very nice Kahlua. The liqueur would be great mixed with tequila over ice. We decided on purchasing the Anejo Tequila, Damiana Liqueur and a bottle of Kahlua.

What trip to Cabo would be complete if you failed to bring back a stellar top shelf Tequila Añejo and a couple of friends?

What trip to Cabo would be complete if you failed to bring back a stellar top shelf Tequila Añejo and a couple of friends?

We then found a lovely restaurant for lunch and shared a “lunch of the day” selection. It was a great combination of appetizer, guacamole, chips and salsas, chicken enchiladas with mole sauce and delicious flan dessert.

Bev and new friends enjoying the sea and sunset aboard a 65' catamaran, the Tropicat

Bev and new friends enjoying the sea and sunset aboard a 65' catamaran, the Tropicat

All of the sudden we realized that time had slipped away quickly and now we had to make a dash back to the hotel to change clothes and drive to town to catch our 6:00 p.m. Sunset Jazz cruise. We changed in record time and headed out for Cabo San Lucas. After parking at the shopping center (we knew this from before) we embarked on a loooong 25-minute fast walk to our jazz sunset cruise. We were still not in sight of our dock and it was now 5 minutes to 6:00. Ok, I’m kind of freaking out now, it’s very close to departure and last time we were early and had no worries. So, I ask Carl, “Why are you so calm? “ Carl says “what do you want me to do?” “RUN!” I said – “oh, OK,” and away he went in his flip flops running like the wind! I knew he would get there in plenty of time to secure our tickets, and indeed he did.

We met some fun people and particularly a young couple from Connecticut, Phil and Lauren. It was their first vacation together as a couple and as I told them our first vacation as a couple was also Cabo, and we were now celebrating our three year anniversary, Lauren’s eyes lit up while Phil looked a bit concerned…the other interesting facet of our cruise entailed watching slightly (?) inebriated passengers try to walk around the pitching boat taking pictures while balancing glasses of wine—red wine—with me in my white outfit. More than once I was sure I would be doused with a drink.

Tip of the Day: The ubiquitous Pringles. The perfect vacation snack. You can find them in virtually any country.

Pringles... and more

Pringles... and more

I was pleased that we did this cruise again as it was just as brilliant as it was the last time. We then had a quiet evening at the hotel and I treated myself to an aromatherapy massage this morning to ease away the last traces of tension before going back to work tomorrow, which starts with a 9:00 am flight to Dallas.

Adios Amigos

Bev

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas at Lands End, Cabo San Lucas

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas at Lands End, Cabo San Lucas

Parting Shot: Sun setting over the Sea of Cortez (foreground), Baja peninsula, and the Pacific (background) at 30,000 ft.

Parting Shot: Sun setting over the Sea of Cortez (foreground), Baja peninsula, and the Pacific (background) at 30,000 ft.

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