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2015 Mexican Riviera Cruise – Day 4

Jeri and I (Tim) woke up Saturday morning expecting to be in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Instead we were treated to the sight of watching us approach Cabo. Cabo San Lucas is at the southern-most tip of the Baja California Peninsula. At the very tip is a rock formation called El Arco (or the Arch). We sailed right past it.

Pacific Ocean Side of Cabo San Lucas. Click photo for full size.
Pacific Ocean Side of Cabo San Lucas. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim Viewing Our Approach to Cabo San Lucas. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim Viewing Our Approach to Cabo San Lucas. Click photo for full size.

After swinging past the tip, the ship came up to Cabo. The captain dropped anchor and announced that because the swells were fairly large (around four or five feet) that the tenders (boats to take us to shore) would be delayed a bit. The day before, Jeri and I signed up for a snorkeling excursion at Cabo San Lucas. After gathering our stuff and checking the checklist multiple times, we headed down to the tenders (which were now running).

Once on shore, since we had an hour or so before our excursion, we stopped at a shop (flea market) very close by. (The shops were in the center of the picture below.)

A View from the Cabo Pier. Click photo for full size.
A View from the Cabo Pier. Click photo for full size.

Jeri Shopping in Cabo. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Shopping in Cabo. Click photo for full size.

We headed back to the pier to meet up for our excursion.

Jeri Waiting for our First Excursion. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Waiting for our First Excursion. Click photo for full size.

We got on the catamaran and headed out on the rough waters. First we headed out towards the famous El Arco (the Arch). On the way, we saw Lover’s Beach and Neptune’s Finger.

Lover's Beach. Click photo for full size.
Lover’s Beach. Click photo for full size.

Neptune's Finger. Click photo for full size.
Neptune’s Finger. Click photo for full size.

Here we are in front of El Arco.

Jeri and Tim in Front of El Arco. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim in Front of El Arco. Click photo for full size.

El Arco. Click photo for full size.
El Arco. Click photo for full size.
A View Through El Arco. Click photo for full size.
A View Through El Arco. Click photo for full size.

We continued sailing to the snorkel site. Due to the high swells, the ride was very rough. Several people on the boat got sea sick (and lost their breakfasts in trash bags). Towards the end, I (Tim) started feeling a bit nauseated.

Tim and Jeri on the Catamaran Heading Out to Snorkel. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Jeri on the Catamaran Heading Out to Snorkel. Click photo for full size.

Here’s where we snorkeled. You can’t tell from the picture but the swells were still coming in and the boat was rocking back and forth.

Area Where We Snorkeled. Click photo for full size.
Area Where We Snorkeled. Click photo for full size.

Finally we drop anchor. We put on our equipment and got in the water. But even in the water, the large swells kept on coming. So we were going up and down.

We were both new to snorkeling and Jeri had trouble with hers. So we decided to head to shore. That was no easy task. As we started to get close to the shore, the large waves would knock us down. And then the strong undertow would pull us back out to sea.

Every time that Jeri thought “I’ll stand up and get to shore this time,” another wave would wash over her and pull her back out a ways. Although Tim was worried as he saw her tumbling in the waves, Jeri thought it was so funny and couldn’t stop laughing…which only perpetuated the problem. Finally we each got close enough that we could crawl up to shore. The waves now began propelling us forward which was painful as the beach consisted of tiny sharp rocks (instead of sand).

On shore, we got our first break from all of the rocking and rolling of the waves. Tim showed Jeri how to bite the snorkel so that she get breathe air instead of water. While sitting on the beach with the waves rolling in over us, our swimsuits and fins filled with this mini-gravel. Jeri’s swimsuit didn’t fully empty of the gravel until she got back to our room.

Seeing the tropical fish was fun; so many fish were all around us. Even as we floated face down in the water, we were going up and down with the waves. After about 20 or 30 minutes, we got back in the boat and headed back.

Because now we were going with the waves instead of against them, the trip back was a bit better. This time, we had the sail up and we were going with the swells instead of against them.

On the Catamaran Heading Back. Click photo for full size.
On the Catamaran Heading Back. Click photo for full size.

In this picture, you can see our cruise ship in the background.

Heading Back After Snorkeling. Click photo for full size.
Heading Back After Snorkeling. Click photo for full size.

Back at the pier, we boarded our tenders and returned to the ship.

Tim Ready to Get on the Tender. Click photo for full size.
Tim Ready to Get on the Tender. Click photo for full size.

Jeri Ready to Board the Tender Back to the Ship. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Ready to Board the Tender Back to the Ship. Click photo for full size.

We showered and then headed down to dinner at 5:30 PM. We finished supper around 6:50 PM…just enough time to dash to the 7:00 PM show. Tonight was Jammin’ Lay Lamont. He was great! His only “prop” was a microphone.

He did dozens and dozens of song imitations. He could do drum sounds, bass guitar, electric guitar (even with high distortion), and electronic keyboards. He did a great vocal imitation of many singers. We recognized a lot of the music. He also did a perfect imitation of President Obama.

Next Day 5 – Loreto

Cruise Days 1 and 2 – Departure and San Diego
Cruise Day 3 – At Sea
Cruise Day 4 – Cabo San Lucas
Cruise Day 5 – Loreto
Cruise Day 6 – La Paz
Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Cruise Day 8 – Puerto Vallarta
Cruise Day 9 – At Sea
Cruise Day 10 – At Sea
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