Hurricane Odile hits Cabo San Lucas.

This September Hurricane Odile, was the largest hurricane to ever hit Los Cabos. And it was a direct hit. It decimated the southern Baja. Just ripped it up. While some hotels, restaurants and houses sustained minor damage, others were completely wiped out.

The news coverage of this disaster was ridiculous. What news coverage? I think the Weather Channel had the best, or so I’m told, our Canadian Weather Network, was absolutely lame.

Entire neighbourhoods are gone. People are left homeless. Animals were abandoned by evacuees. It’s crazy the mayhem and destruction that followed this monster created by mother nature.

Now, a week and a half later, hotel workers that lost their homes have now showed up at work, to help get the hotels back up and running. Many restaurants have reopened. And the brooms and shovels are out as the clean up has begun.  The Mexican government is hiring thousands of workers to help with the clean up as well.

Cabo will bounce back faster and stronger than anyone could have imagined.

That being said, so much help is needed.

I have friends down there right now who have witnessed the devastation. Talked to families who have lost everything. Fed stray dogs and cats that were once family pets, now left to wander the streets.  I am told one person actually has 19 dogs in her house.  Wow!

The firefighters are not really funded down there, they are mostly a volunteer organization. And while their homes have been destroyed, they are out there helping with the clean up, first aid and the restoration of Cabo.

All of these areas need help. They need money to buy food, medicine, building supplies, cleaning supplies and more.

I am asking you…if you are reading this right now, please donate. I’m not asking for a hundred dollars, although that would be nice.   5 bucks will go a long way! Please give what you can give. Every penny will help…feed a dog, buy diapers, rebuild the fire hall, support a family, etc.

 

To view some of the destruction, watch this video.

 

TO DONATE Click here!

http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/cabo-strong/235470

 

keep calm cabo

Please donate!!!

I will arrive October 24, 2014. More updates then!

Thank You.

XOXO

Me

 

 

 

 

What to do when you get sick in Cabo?

CaboFriends Net asked me to share this experience with you.

Yes, it’s true, I came down with the Infamous Cabo Crud. It’s like a nasty cold that gets in your lungs and has you hacking up all kinds of fun stuff. I was coughing so much, that Poncho the sea lion  from the marina started answering back. My nose was like Niagra falls, and I was dizzy and achy. It came on slow, then boom it hit me. I tried the tequila remedy suggested by so many, but unfortunately that did not work.  I considered going to one of the hospitals like Amerimed, or Blue net, but then Stephanie from Wicked Pizza  suggested I go see the same dr she went to when she crud got to her.  So I took her advice.

This Dr’s office is just up the street about 3 blocks up from Desperados.(on the left hand side)  There is a pharmacy attached to it.  Just walk in and there is a small waiting room and one door with the #1 on it.  If no one is waiting just knock on the door. If someone is in the waiting area just sit down and wait your turn. The DR’s visit was 40 pesos.  Less than the one box of Kleenex I bought at the Super Mercado.

Most people get “The Shots”  I am told they are 4 shots in 4 days.  You just go next door to pharmacy, buy the shots and needles, go back to dr and she charged 20 pesos to give the shot. Due to my health situation I got one shot and a bunch of pills.  The shot freekin hurt. She warned it would, but man…oweee! I came hobbling outta there like a 90 year old woman.  It was at this point I wish I had drove, instead of walked.  Roc got a good laugh anyway 🙂

On the way home we walked up to Rico Suave, 1/2 a block west past Baja Peppers on the left had side. You can see their Yellow Sandwich board on the street from the corner of Baja Peppers.  They have the best smoothies! On this occasion a little kid was juicing the oranges, he could barely reach the handle!  So Cute! Their smoothies are nice and fresh and a giant one is only 48 pesos.  They have MANY flavor combinations!

The pain from the shot was fading, by the time I got home (about 3 more blocks) and I was already starting to feel better.  I’m wishing I stayed on that shot regime instead of switching to pills, but hey, they are working too.

So, if you are in Cabo and happen to come down with the Cabo Crud. Don’t worry, bring your pesos to the little clinic and get your shot!  It will be gone in no time!

I get the Cabo Crud or some kind of cold every time I travel (anywhere). I normally wait it out, and end up with some kind of chr0nic cough for 3 months.  I am hoping since I went to the dr 5 days in to the sickness when it climaxed to it’s nastiest point, it will be gone by the weekend! Here’s hoping!

coughXOXO

Me!

Day 3 – Waiting for Mexico 10/27/13

Yay! We finally slept last night, got up early and was on the road by 7am!

To all the Californians out there. In case you were wondering what that stick was coming out of your steering column on the left hand side, it’s called a signal. You push it up or down to let those around you know you are about to cut them off.  You know, it’s kinda of a courtesy thing.  OMG!!! Crazy Drivers!

Roc drove all the way along the nice open highway 5 to…um…Leduc????I don’t know, some place where we got more gas, then I drove all the way through LA to La Mesa. That was not fun. LA is the biggest city I have ever drove in. I was going 120k through heavy traffic, and still pissing people off because I was going too slow. WHATEVER PASS ME.  Oh and In case you didn’t know, Hollywood changed it’s name to Smoggywood. But no one can see the sign to be able to tell.

Finally we arrived in La Mesa, pulled in to a plaza, sat down at a noisy bar where everyone was screaming at the football players on the big screen, and ordered some chicken fingers. Here we decided to keep on trucking to find our route closer to the border.  We ended up out in the middle of no where El Cajon, at one of the only OLD hotels our GPS could find, the Quality inn. 

Guess what? The people that checked in right before us were from White Rock BC. We saw a No Bad Days Sticker on their car, so we had the hotel call them. They too are on their way to cabo, we are meeting them at 8pm to chat about the trip! They have driven many times, so this should be informative!

On that note, it’s almost 8pm…so I’m off to be informed and meet some new cabo friends.

Chat tomorrow, maybe, if there’s internet at our hotel  in El Rosario.

 

PS:  I posted pics on Facebook. Sorry, they’re below average.

 

XOXO

Me!

Day 1 – Oh The Drama (10/25/13)

It all started last night, (10/24/13) We got home from our final Wing Ding of 2013, packed the last of what needed to be packed, watched the latest episode of The Blacklist and went to bed. Well, at least we tried to go to bed. Roc contracted a nasty sinus headache and couldn’t sleep. So, as you could guess, that also meant I couldn’t sleep. Finally after a steamy shower to clear the sinuses at 2:30 am, he finally fell asleep around 3am, I of course did not. I tolerated broken sleep between 4a and 6:30a then decided enough was enough and got up.
We loaded the truck with everything, or so we thought and headed south 1 hour, to the Osoyoos border.

Imagine my surprise when we got to the border and I realized I had forgotten my purse and ipad.  Thankfully that’s all that was in my purse, my passport and wallet were in my backpack.  I have a friend bringing those items down Mid November.  Silly Me.
As predicted we got the orange ticket to go inside for more questions.
So more questions were answered. Supervisors were called. And after over an hour in the waiting area, we got our passports back and entry in to the country!

Most of the drive went fairly well. We were making good time, passing semi’s, finding good spots for bathroom breaks all through Washington. In case you were wondering, tonight’s route was fairly simple, follow highway 97 south from Penticton BC to Bend Oregon. Easy Peasy, right? Well our outdated GPS sent us on the wrong road a couple of times due to highway improvements since we got it. (10 years ago. I think an update is in order LOL)  Only once did we have to drive around in circles to find our way back.  So that wasn’t too bad.  The Drama got a little more intense 10 miles into Oregon. Actually, right at the 10 mile marker! Yep, the highway police pulled us over for speeding.

Here’s how the conversation went.

“Do you know why I pulled you over today sir?”

“Was I speeding?”

“Do you know how fast you were going?”

“Ya, around 70/75”

“Do you know what the speed limit is?”

“Ya, 70.”

“No Sir, it’s 55”

“WHAT? ”  Said Roc and I in unison “It’s been 70 the whole way, we didn’t see a sign that says 55?”

“We get that a lot. Did you know it’s illegal to have a license plate frame covering  your plate? British Columbia must be in full sight here in Oregon. Yours is not. ”

“Really, want me to take it off? I have a screwdriver?”

“Not here on the highway it’s unsafe. wouldn’t want you to get hit by a car. Licence and registration please”

This is where Roc proceeded to say he should never have talked about is lack of speeding tickets.  Not 15 minutes earlier he told me he hadn’t had a speeding ticket since 1986. Ha Ha Ha  Jinxed it!

Well, the cop came back with a lovely ticket, but he reduced it from a $260 to a $160  ticket.  WHEW!

speeding

About 100 meters ahead was a sign that read 55! LOL

We proceeded to Moro’s post office which was still open, wrote a check, and asked if we should register the letter.  She said no, the box is right here, and she placed it in a po box behind her.

The rest of the way we were sure to drive the speed limit, had semis and old farts passing us, but lesson learned.

By the time we hit Bend, we pulled in to the first hotel, the Quality Inn. Got the CAA Rate, Went for a swim, and came back to the room to finish some business that needed doing, and of course I wrote this! The wifi is good. The rooms are clean, and there’s a free breaky!  Just what we need!

Day 2, Change of plans. We hope to make it to Stockton CA – I guess we’ll find out!

XOXO

Me!

Packing, Packing, Packing!

I hate packing.
I always forget something.
Even if I have a list, chances are, I forget to add it to the list, or somehow forget to pack it anyway.
Currently I am packing for a 4 month visit to Cabo San Lucas.
So for that length of stay, I’m going to need more than just a couple pairs of shorts and a swim suit.

When I first got my new job almost 2 years ago, I was excited when my boss said, “You can work from anywhere, even Mexico!” So I decided to take his advice. Last year we did a 50 night test run in Cabo San Lucas to see if the internet was good enough for me to be able to work. And Yes it was! The cool thing about Cabo, was that if my internet went down, there are plenty of free wifi zones all over downtown, where I could just pick up a signal when needed.

This year we are renting right downtown, really close to this cool little bar called Tanga Tanga, and yes it has free wifi too!

Recently I injured my shoulder playing ball, a posterior dislocation, which has resulted in frozen shoulder. I told my specialist that I was planning a trip to Cabo and he said that was a great idea for the healing process. The warmth should really help me heal, along with the salt water from the sea of Cortez. I am determined to be swinging a golf club by spring, and Cabo is going to help me do it. Dr’s Orders!

Anyway, back to the subject of packing. I have 4 big suitcases + a carry on + a personal item. Yes, I said 4, and I also said big. OMG! I need to repack, what the heck is in these 4 big suitcases?
Well a printer and laptop for my work. A crockpot. My wii and wii fit. Cables, speakers, MP3 player, sandals, shorts, shirts, dresses, vitamins, shampoo…you know…the usual stuff.
I’m going to be there for 4 months…I need this stuff. + beach chairs, snorkel gear, a cooler, that’s not in there.
OMG! OMG! OMG!
What can I not take? I have no idea. I will have to unpack and repack, then check my list.
OMG, so stressful.

In case you were wondering…Roc has 1 big suitcase + a carry on + a personal item. He also found the stuff I snuck in his bag, and put back in mine.
Hey, I tried.

XOXO
Me!