Today we took a day trip to Todos Santos (All Saints). It is about an hour away from Cabo San Lucas. This was the first time we got to see much of Los Cabos, particularly Cabo San Lucas and we could see the damage from the hurricane that hit here last September. It really was devastating. Many of the hotels are closed and under reconstruction. Some are closed and will not reopen. Cabo San Lucas is more populous than San Jose del Cabo. WE knew we had arrived when we saw a Wal-Mart and a Costco. Wal-Mart is everywhere!
We got to see the Hotel California which claims that it was the inspiration for the Eagles song even though the song does not specifically reference this particular hotel, nor any other existing hotel. One of the reason’s they claim the song is about their hotel is that one of the lyrics is “I heard a mission bell” and this is the only Hotel California near a mission. At any rate, it makes an interesting story (they also have some unique signs for the bathrooms – 2nd picture). The mission was founded by father Jaime Bravo in 1723. It actually was destroyed (more than once) and the building that is there now was built in 1974, but they had the original doors from the mission which was cool.
The first picture is an Aztec calendar. Not that we know how to read it, but we thought it was pretty. The tour also went to the cultural center which had a replica house – the fourth picture is the kitchen. On the left hand side of the table is where they cooked food – just put some dry leaves under there and start a fire. Leslie said that had disaster written all over it if she had to cook like that. We found out some things that a lot of people probably already know such as California means “hot oven” – so named because the Spaniards landed here in August and Baja means lower. The last two pictures are of the beautiful Pacific. The driver saw a whale and pulled over so we could see it. We did not get to see the whale (well Don saw the splash) but the beach was beautiful.