Panama Canal (Day 18)

January 1

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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[In the annals of cruising with the Super, this will long be known as the day of the sunrise . . . and of the sunset . . . ]

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[It was also New Year’s Day, the Super’s 73rd birthday . . . ]

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[And here comes the sunrise . . . ]

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[As the first tender heads to shore . . . ]

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[Here comes the sunrise . . . ]

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[May we have total silence please?]

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[No discussion necessary . . . ]

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[But there’s Cabo (we’re on a first name basis) . . . ]

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[We’re on a tender now . . . ]

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[All hail the Viking Sun . . . ]

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[And the cloud formation looks like a blue mountain . . . ]

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[How much do you think Viking would pay to use this as a promotional photo?]

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[Touristas galore . . . ]

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[The blue mountain is still there and  lookin’ good . . . ]

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[Looks like another ship beat us to the “A list” parking spot . . . ]

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[Yes, a major vacation destination . . . ]

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[Looks like it’s going to be a nice day . . . ]

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[A Viking Sun tender already at the dock . . . ]

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[And here we are – our friends Jack and Joanne took this photo from an adjoining tender (obviously) . . . ]

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[On shore, a ready supply of Ambien, pain killers, and Viagra & Cialis?]

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[This wasn’t our coach . . . ]

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[But this is Libby . . . ]

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[The Pink Kitty was just a drive by . . . ]

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[Our energetic, enthusiastic guide (whose name escapes me) leads us on a 30-minute bus ride up the coast to San Jose del Cabo . . . ]

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[And these are the views along the way.  Yes, it’s arid here . . . ]

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[As previously noted, this is a vacation destination with lots of upscale new construction underway . . . ]

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[San Jose del Cabo is a little slower paced with more original culture stuff . . . ]

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[We’re still in the holiday season, of course . . . ]

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[Felix Navidad!]

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[MIssion de San Jose . . . ]

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[There goes the Super, but a service was in session . . . ]

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[From the church overlooking the square . . . ]

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[A commercial street . . . ]

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[An artsy shop . . . ]

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[No interpretation necessary . . . ]

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[Looking back up the street toward the square . . . ]

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[Again, no interpretation necessary . . . ]

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[A really neat little hotel . . . ]

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[We could stay here with the little outdoor court and pool . . . ]

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[It’s an artsy place . . . ]

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[In fact, here’s a gallery . . . ]

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[And here’s a hotel on the square (being renovated) . . . ]

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[Named after my mother . . . ]

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[And Feliz Navidad from the Super . . . ]

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[Heading back to Cabo San Lucas, which is at the very tip of the Baja California peninsula.  San Jose del Cabo is just north on the eastern side of the peninsula . . . ]

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[I must have liked this structure . . . ]

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[An indigenous eatery . . . ]

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[Newer and upscale – there are several golf courses, hotels and condos, with several under construction, between the two locations . . . ]

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[Back in Cabo, the port and the tourist attractions . . . ]

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[A known quantity . . . ]

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[The Super got a cool beverage . . . ]

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[And a shot in the sun . . . ]

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[People watching with chow . . . ]

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[The boat friends who took this were from Kansas City . . . ]

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[Already forgotten their names . . . ]

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[Where we noshed – I’d give it an indifferent review . . . ]

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[The tenders are lined up . . . ]

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[But we’re taking an apres-dining walk around the harbor . . . ]

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[Kinda busy . . . ]

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[Water fowl . . . ]

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[Water fish . . . ]

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[A barber pole . . . ]

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[The big fish, again . . . ]

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[Water boards . . . ]

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[I forgot the import of the display . . . ]

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[We are obviously tendering back to the ship . . .

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[I was glad – it was a hot, sunny day and I was pooped . . . ]

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[As we begin approaching the aforementioned sunset . . . ]

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[Parasailing between the rocks . . . ]

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[Too cool!]

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[We’re on board ship, and here comes another one of our tenders . . . ]

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[They unloaded, and then hauled it up for storage right under our room . . . ]

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[Approaching the highlights of the sunset . . . ]

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[The tenders keep coming . . . ]

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[Here we go!]

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[Such a day!]

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[Ending with the Super’s birthday party . . . ]

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[In a one-table private room . . . ]

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[Thanks to Joanne and Jack for the arrangements . . . ]

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I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down airport concourses carrying bags.  ~  Guy Clark

Up Next:  Close to the end of the cruise . . .

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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3 Responses to Panama Canal (Day 18)

  1. ruthao1945 says:

    This was a very special birthday with wonderful new friends. Would love to cruise with them again, but it seems we are all booked up already.

  2. G. says:

    Gorgeous photos of the sunrise. Never seen anything like it. Love the other photos too and sharing your adventure through your photos. Ruthie obviously had a wonderful birthday celebration on deck. Kudos!!

  3. JamiG4 says:

    You two look SO HAPPY and SO HEALTHY on this cruise. I think you should travel as much as possible. It looks like it does a body good!

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