Retreat from the cold

veronicastrum(z5 IL)December 12, 2008

Just one week ago today, the alarm went off shortly before 5:00 am, the radio came on and we were greeted by the news that the temperature was hovering around zero. It felt like the height of luxury to roll over and say to my husband, "But we're going to Mexico!" And so we headed out to O'Hare for a flight to Los Cabos - the "twin" cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. DH had a conference there starting on Monday, so he went a little early and we made a long weekend of it.

When you arrive at the open air lobby of the Westin, you are given a Margarita to sip while you enjoy the amazing views.

Then you wind your way through the courtyard, enjoying the creative architecture and design.

Finally, you reach your room. Every room faces the Sea of Cortez, which is an amazing shade of blue.

The surf is rather rough, so you're better off relaxing poolside.

And then a murmur goes around the pool deck, and you hear the word, "Whales!" You spot what looks like a wisp of steam not too far off the beach, and then you see something black rise out of the water. The gray whales are just off shore, and quite active. Unfortunately, they are very difficult to capture with a basic camera, but the black speck near the horizon, to the left of the volleyball net, is a whale.

You can find more domesticated animals in unusual locations. This rooster had the run of a bar called The Giggling Marlin. He was quiet most of the time, but when the song, "Come On, Eileen" was played, he crowed incessantly. I thought that perhaps someone told him the song was by Dexy's Midnight Roosters.

The ultimate luxury was having a massage in one of the beach cabanas.

And one touch that I loved was that they raked the beach sand into patterns.

It was a wonderful mini-vacation, and very hard to come home on Monday!


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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

I wish I could send myself there...along with DD & DSIL. We all need it! Instead sunny Edmonton will have to do. ;) I'm glad you made it V!!!!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2008 at 8:34PM
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Boy V, that looks like just the ticket to me. I'm all for sipping oceanside margaritas and floating in nice warm water. I guess a cocktail in the bathtub will have to do for now ! Thanks for the glimpse of the tropics !

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   December 12, 2008 at 9:21PM
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Oh, V!!! Must've felt like a dream....


    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 7:49AM
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What a perfect weekend getaway from the cold!

I'm especially fond of places where the roosters run free :)


    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 8:44AM
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What a great winter getaway. And I do see the whale!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 12:21PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Wow...does that sun on the water look inviting right about now! Hard to come back I'm sure.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 1:19PM
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Full_Bloom(z5 IL)

Did I hear a rooster calling me?...LOL! :-)

V...that is *amazing*! What a beautiful place to be...I never knew Mexico was so *gorgeous*! Paul has been trying to get me to go to Mexico for years, but in my head I was always seeing Tijuana and drunk underage children and didn't think I would like it there...boy will Paul love telling me "I told you so" when he sees these pics.

I was going to post my Florida pics of Sanibel island (which I loved) but are not quite up to your tropical paradise! :-)

Thanks for sharing your travelogue V...I really enjoyed it!


    Bookmark   December 13, 2008 at 2:38PM
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I'm rather partial to the idea of a rooster hanging around a bar, too. Sounds like my kinda place.

What a fun diversion for one recently welcomed back to the wonders of electricity. Beautiful place.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2008 at 4:51PM
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Looks pretty inviting and interesting as well.

We hope to make it to Florida shortly after the new year, hopefully it will be sunny.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2008 at 9:29PM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Wow, wow, wow !!!!!! V that looks like a fabulous spot. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these! A lovely touch of the warm tropics to brighten my day, thanks!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 9:10AM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

Ahhhh, it all looks so nice and warm! My favs are the ocean scenes. :-)

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 9:56AM
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Nice job of showing the architecture, ocean and other touches that made it a memorable time. I can just feel the sun now. Norma

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 2:31PM
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