20 February 2011
Another morning, but this time I am really exited! I am ready to go to the Isla Espiritu Santo tour of Lap Paz! We had bit of reshuffling in plans to do before our sea trip, so we went to handle these tasks. We went to Hertz to find out about keeping the car longer than planned. Obviously, Hertz does not enforce strict supervisory of their employees elsewhere, because the sign said they were open at 8 a.m. and reality said that it was 8:30 am and they were still closed. So we went to Marlin's Adventures Tours and checked in for our trip. After we checked in for the trip we went for breakfast at a restaurant with the worst music ever. I think they may have left their cheap Yamaha keyboard, with those horrible built in melodies, playing on the speaker. The music was the Yamaha standard Bossa Nova. We ate quickly and left!
We got to the agency and tried our snorkeling gear and waited some more as people arrived. We loaded into the boat and headed for Espiritu Santo. We had brief stops along the way to be introduced to various wildlife
and rock formations. We then got to our snorkeling part and jumped into the water. It was great! We swam next to so many sea lions that would come up to us, curious about what we were doing. We snorkeled for what felt like 2 hours. The water was fantastic and the experience unforgettable.
We then got to Playa Ensenada Blanca on Isla Espiritu Santo and had lunch. We had tostadas de ceviche, sandwiches and drinks. After eating we just laid around on the sand for a bit and headed back into La Paz. We then got back into shore and went to Hertz to see about changing our reservation. Hertz said that our reservation was actually through AVASA’s Hertz. I did not know there were different Hertzs, but he told us to go to Wal-Mart and we would find the representative there.
We got to Wal-Mart and finally found Hertz, which had an office in the parking lot near the main road. Unfortunately, we were too late and they were closed. I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow.
I must say the entire day was the best. We then decided to go to Applebee's for drinks and
food. The Wanton tacos were excellent!
21 February 2011
Today we woke up and went to Hertz in the Wal-Mart parking lot. We were trying to see what we needed to do to keep our rental car for a few more days. We could not make the change from La Paz, so I would have to get a hold of my Mom who can then contact Hertz in Tijuana to make changes to the reservation. I'll keep you posted how that goes.
Just in case, we do not get the car, we did research the cost on the bus from La Paz to Todo Santos and San Jose del Cabo. The prices were not bad, so we could use this as an option.
We went back to Casa Jalisco, packed our things and went to our new home called Pension California. The place was great! It was full of character and for only $20 a night you cannot beat the price. We are two blocks from the water and in the city. We dropped off our stuff at Pension California and went for a coffee and then some tacos by the Mercado. We then got into the car
and went to Playa Balandra.
Once we arrived in Playa Balandra, we walked around the beach and in the water. It was a beautiful site. We then got back into the car and went to Playa Tecolote and ate some clams and fish tacos and shared two beers. Cris had a bit too much Habanero sauce and I cannot wait to see how she feels when it comes out the other end. After our experience in the beash, we decided to go to Todos Santos, but we quickly noticed on the GPS the journey would have been longer than expected. We decided to go tomorrow morning, on our way to Los Cabos, instead.
We got back into Pension California and met a guy in the patio who went by Miguel, I am guessing his real name is Michael. He was about 60 years old and has been living in the Baja region for quite some time. He had a Safari hat and round glasses that could of belonged to Woody Allen, but Cris says it was more like John Lennon. He was an interesting character with all sorts of things to say. We enjoyed his philosophy of friends.
mentioned he did not like to make friends, unless they had some sort of philosophical continuity. He said he would meet people who would change moods quickly, but likened the people who had dreams and stayed continuous with their dreams and their moods. It was good talking to him and he definitely had some character and sparked interesting conversation between Cris and I.
We got back into the room and showered the salt away. Well, I say showered, but it was more of a trickle of water from the pipe in the wall. We then got ready to go out and take a walk in the town. We walked around the Malecon and then decided to go to Kiki's Burger. We kept seeing bumper stickers of Kiki's all around town, so we figured it was a popular place. Cris was feeling a little sick, so she had to use the bathroom a bit more than usual. I had expected the clams and habanero sauce from earlier today to start some type of reaction—and it did. We got to Kiki's and I had an amazing burger. My burger had a beef patty, sausage, ham, cheese and avocado. Cris had a hotdog
with the same toppings as mine, except the beef patty. After feeling sick from all the food we ate, we went back to the room and crashed on the bed.
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