In the Footsteps of the Jesuit Missions

Cyclone Sandra and Hotel Life

November 26-29

The Pool::Hilton Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico::
The Pool
Corridor::Hilton Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico::
The Surf::Hilton Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico::
The Surf

In the coming days, we wanted to dive several times. Unfortunately, on the very first day, news reached us about a strong cyclone in the Pacific, aimed exactly in our direction. During our first dive, we all were surprised by very difficult conditions in the water. On the surface, we had to fight the strong current and wind. We swung on high waves as in the pendulum. Anyone who had let the rope thrown from the boat to go disappeared from the sight literally within several seconds. The sudden change in the weather meant that we had a tough time to return to the boat. We will remember that adventure for a long time. The second dive for the day and all the other dives in the following days were canceled. Marina Cabo San Lucas was closed. All restaurants in our hotel were shut down. Just like all the other hotel guests, twice a day we received the updated information about the forthcoming cyclone. Gala dinner on Thanksgiving Day was not served at the poolside restaurant as we expected at first, but just in ordinary ballroom with no windows.

Plaing Bags::Hilton Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico::
Plaing Bags
Farewell to Matt::Los Cabos Airport, Baja California, Mexico::
Farewell to Matt
The Rock on the Beach::Hilton Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico::
The Rock on the Beach

Over the days, cyclone Sandra intensified reaching category 4. However, because of the area of wind shear encountered along the way, the front weakened drastically before reaching the coast. Huge and powerful cyclone was caught up in the subtropical jet stream and was reduced to tropical depression. As a result, there were no strong winds or flooding. On Sunday, weather improved, the sun came out, but it was our departure day. At noon, we dropped Matthew at the airport. Eve and Matthew went back to La Paz to catch the ferry to Mazatlan.

Balios Aboard a Ferry::Ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan, Mexico::
Balios Aboard a Ferry
Eva Aboard a Ferry::Ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan, Mexico::
Eva Aboard a Ferry
Ferry Boat Cabin::Ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan, Mexico::
Ferry Boat Cabin

In the early afternoon, we boarded the ship. Knowing that the ferry trip was canceled two days before, we were very happy that this time everything went according to the schedule. We were leaving the Baja California. Tomorrow we will reach the Mexican mainland. A different part of our journey was about to begin.

© 2015 Maciej Swulinski