Sunday, April 3, 2011

I'm on a boat, Part 4: I'm on a smaller boat!

The life boats were lowered into the water, and from then on were known as "tenders."  So many nautical things to grasp.  We wound our way down into the bowels of the ship and popped out on a little platform just above the water line (see the people above, top of photo).  Then we were tenderized (?) over to a dock at the Cabo San Lucas marina.  80 people ride in a tender, squeezed thigh to thigh, shoulder to shoulder.   Uncomfortable for a 10-minute ride on flat water.  What would it be like in the open sea, with towering waves? Very tenderizing.

We didn't have a clear plan, only a vague idea of getting to the large beach.  You get there by renting a water taxi.  We almost immediately found ourselves running a gauntlet of  water cabbies, and for reasons I still don't understand it went like this:

Water Cabbie 1: "Amigo, you looking for a taxi?"

Me: "No thank you."

Water Cabbie 2: "Amigo, you looking for a taxi?"

Me: "No thank you."

Water Cabbie 3: "Amigo, you looking for a taxi?"

Me: "No thank you."

Water Cabbie 4: "Amigo, you looking for a taxi?"

Me: "No thank you."

Water Cabbie 5: "Amigo, you looking for a taxi?"

Me: "Yes."  

Water Cabbie 5:   "My name is Guillermo, but you can call me Guapo."

And that is how we hired Handsome to take us to the beach.  But first we bought cheap beer  and iced tea and water.

Brown Pelicans are very cool.  They hang out at the marina and poop on boats.  No one seems to mind.

Our taxi took the scenic route to the beach.  We got up close and personal with the arch, and were introduced to many of the rocks, some of which have names.

More pelicans, and guano.

The taxi rode up onto the beach and we hopped out, arranging for pick-up in an hour.

The geology of the place is fascinating,  seems to be a mixture of igneous and sedimentary formations (lava and sandstone) from what little I know of rocks.

This was my favourite formation, tastefully deposited in a sea of foot-printed sand, surfacing sea mammals.  One even has a vertebral column.  Here is a  Flickr set showing more of the rock formations.

And here is our boat ship.

Here she is from the front. I hadn't realized we sailed the length of the Baja Peninsula in a ship that has a lipsticky smile painted on the front.  I'm not sure I am comfortable with that.  It would not seem to daunt pirates.

Back on board, another towel totem.  A bear emerging from a cave to find a trail of honey pots?



Tim said...

"from what little I know of rocks."
So now, the geology student who has found your rock-based blog on a web search is scratching his head.

We've got the lizard stories, and a mention of a is paper!

theManicGardener said...

That is a very cool rock formation. If it hadn't been in a sea of sand, I'd have thought it might actually be mammals.

biobabbler said...

Super cool beach, REALLY cool rock goodies and love the bear and honey pots. I am amazed at how creative some people are and how dull I am by comparison. =)