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In the early days of our marriage the hubby and I loved to travel. We went on some fun trips to interesting places. One of the more memorable was to Mexico. The hubby has always been a more adventurous soul than I will ever be and it took him some time to figure this out. In the fourth year of our marriage he found a trip sponsored by the Oceanic Society – they no longer exist – to whale watch in Mexico. I was all excited. I love whales! Mexico was warm – I was ON BOARD.
What he failed to fully flesh out was the part about the “deserted island.” Uh-huh. The trip was to a DESERTED ISLAND IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ. I was young then. Stupid. I didn’t ask the questions I now know to ask. I love my husband but sometimes his idea of fun and mine just do not meet. So join me as I take you back to 1986 and show you how my husband showed me the Sea of Cortez.
We flew into Loreto, Mexico, which was at that time a very small town with an open air airport. The group was very small – 8 people and two tour guides. We gathered together, found our luggage – which was severely restricted – and went down to the beach for our travel accommodations to our island paradise for the week.
Yup – little sailboats. There were two of them to carry us, our gear and our food across the water. With all due irony I had come to Mexico to sail in a slightly larger version of a sailboat my husband had bought with our wedding money but that is another story altogether. We crossed the sea and landed on our little island. And it was a deserted desert island. Yes, a desert in the middle of the Sea of Cortez. Talk about confused eco-systems but it was pretty cool to be walking among cacti while surrounded by water.
Then we were told about our 5 star sleeping arrangements. As my husband likes to remind me, we did have our choice of anywhere on the beach to set up our tent. He always claims that he gave me a beachfront room. HA! He never mentions the scorpions! Oh, the bathroom you ask? X marks the spot and you knew it was unoccupied if the shovel was at the bottom of the hill. Good times.
It wasn’t all in the “interesting” category though, some of my experiences were downright awe inspiring. The scenery was amazing. We went snorkeling as brown pelicans dove into the water for fish right next to us. We saw a blue whale – talk about a large animal! As we sailed along manta rays were beside the boat just gliding along and then suddenly jumping from the water. On land we saw a Great Horned Owl as we hiked, (This was all before I was sick so I was able to do so much.) But one of the most exciting parts of the trip was also one of the most unexpected – Halley’s Comet. The hubby and I just happened to be in one of the best viewing areas for its visit. Looking out of our tent at a night sky devoid of any surrounding light was astounding in itself then add in the comet and it truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
So will I ever go back to Mexico? I would hope so – there are so many beautiful places in the country and it has a rich history. I’ve read many a book about it’s ancient cultures and I would love to someday visit places like the Cenotes of Cancun (se no tays). Just watch the video to see how magical they are….
Wouldn’t you love to visit something so ancient and mysterious?