Our newsletter catch-up project
has hit more bumps than a Mexican highway, but
we’re giving it a solid try. Hopefully, and
with a little suerte, we’ll do November
in the next few weeks and then finish up the
year. But for now, join us as we re-visit
October and all its fall fishing magic.
In general, we had magnificent
weather with the exception of a few days of
unusual north winds and some grumpy seas when
Hurricane Paul reared its ugly head. The
hurricane was a Category I and got near us, it
roiled the water enough so that a few anglers
cancelled their fishing and opted for one of our
tours. A day of seeing the sights and scenery
of La Paz on a loop down to Cabo isn’t a bad way
to spend the day. Remember that in case you
ever get weathered out of comfortable fishing –
or you’d just like a change of pace – we offer
lots of alternatives!
are your vacation plans for 2007 coming??
Believe it or not, some 2007 weekends are
already filled. But as a special thank-you to
our returning guests, families and reunion
groups, we’re offering our usual “Return Guest
Special”. If you reserve and pay in full by
Jan. 31, you will receive 20% off rooms, and
10% off boats. For additional information
and to clear available dates, call us toll-free
We started October
with my dad tournament, we had a blast. You can
read more about it in the Fish Story section.
In addition to Chuy’s Catch & Release
Tournament, we either hosted or participated in
a number of tournaments in October including:
The Lynn Rose
Tours East Cape Classic. The tournament
headquartered at a competitor hotel, but we
provided three boats and our Vagabundo
did exceptionally well.
Tournament raises funds for animal humane
work and they raised a couple thousand dollars
this year. Congratulations on some fine fishing
and a great charity.
television host Dan Hernandez’s event
featured prizes for everyone, more fun than a
team of Chinese acrobats and plenty of memories
to share. Dan definitely knows how to find the
fish and have fun doing it.
The Groups Keep
friends, employees and fishing fanatics continue
to make our resort their home away from home.
In October, we hosted our good friend Stan
Baucum with a group of 10; Fiesta
Sportfishing from Phoenix, Ariz., with 16;
Norm Jacobson and his top 24 Lance RV
sales people from around the country; the
Mark Garcia party of 12; and Greg Lecea
from the northeastern Mexican city of Ciudad
Victoria with 17 guests.
Center played host to a group of 100 ladies from
the Jafra Cosmetics empire. Jafra has
been providing quality cosmetics for over 50
years and these high-flying saleswomen were a
pure delight. Our staff loved them!
The number of
return guests we welcome each month never ceases
to amaze us. As guests check-out, they often
make their next reservations. October returnees
Togo Hazard (there’s hardly a month when good friend Togo doesn’t return), Lance
Peterson, Bob Ralston, Ken and Nelson
Goodsell, Ron Carroll, Howard Henry and
Dave Foster, Josh Dickinson, David Hardy, Ken
Alt, Eric Lauritzen, Tim Ketcham, Debra Carlson,
Michael Carpenter, Lou Duchane, Mark Garcia,
Lynn Marcoux, Dennis Noble, John Fox, Andrew
Tersteeg, Carlos Soto, Ed Nakamura, Steve
Wilberg, Susan McBrien, Susan Colyer and
We also welcomed
back Bryan Chapman, who took the
opportunity of his visit to propose to his
girlfriend; Maria and Jose Muriello,
Aureliano Hernandez, David Rocha, and
Peter Webber. If we missed any returnees,
our sincere apologies and we promise to catch
you next time.
I almost forgot to mentioned this returned
guests, they normally don't come every year, but
once every few years they visit us.
Thank you for your participation
and continued support. May God Bless you as we
head into the fall months, Thanksgiving,
Christmas and the New Year. Look for the
November Newsletter soon. We promise!
for October 2006 Fish Total
In the News
This month in the news section is an article
written by our good friend Steve Carson, and it
is a great story as it shows how small the world
is. It was published in the Chico Enterprise
Record, but it could well be published somewhere
else, but with different origen of our guests.
Click here to read it
Special Deals and
Events You Won't Want to Miss!
You have been our guest in the past, don't
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Don't take too long as it will only go until
January 31st, 2007
january, february and
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tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Question of the Month was, for many years,
it was customary for resorts in the area and in
Cabo to close during the hurricane season. What
was the period that we formerly closed? When
did we begin opening that during that time
And the answer is we were closed August
1st to September 30th. We began opening 12
months a year in 1988 because of the satellite
TV Weather Channel which gave us
up-to-the-minute forecasts, allowing our staff
to hunker down and button up for a bad storm.
Throughout these years we have had several
storms close, far away and actually hitting our
area. There is definitely a learning curve to
understand such natural phenomenon or at least
understand up to what extend we can be safe. It
is a learning process that we still continue to
try to decipher, but one thing has helped us
thrive on learning as much as possible, and it
is that we can provide more information and it
is helpful for the whole community.
Once again there were no correct answer to this
month trivia questions. We'll do an easier
question in order to see if we can get a winner.
Contest of the
October Question of the Month:
There is a
distinct relationship between the area of
Santiago, about 15 minutes away, and the resort
hotel? What is the relationship and how are we
person in with the correct answer will receive a special
tour to Santiago and its surrounding areas.
Send your answer
Fish Stories &
What many consider to be
the Best of All Worlds – a fishing tournament, fiesta
and reunion all wrapped into one event – was held Oct.
7-11. This was the 10th anniversary of the
tournament that honors my father, Chuy Valdez, and we
all had a great time!
The winner was Henry
Howard and Henry Howard Sr. from Los Angeles, Calif.
It is always a pleasure to have
Henry and his dad back visiting us, it was very nice to
see Henry doing very well.
Here’s a little bit of
“Enrique’s” letter to us about the event:
“Thanks again to you and
the Valdez family for another memorable – TRULY
memorable – weekend! That was one of the most fun
fishing experiences I have ever had, although my success
breaks down to about 40% dumb luck of being in the right
place at the right time, 50% because of the expertise of
Jesus and Mauricio, and maybe 10% my fishing skill.”
Chuy’s Final count:
The Eclipse with
2,400 points. First day: 5 striped marlin released;
Second day: 1 striper released by the team of Henry
(Enrique) Howard and his dad. Note: This
was Henry’s Howard’s Fourth
Win in a Chuy’s Tournament. His previous wins were a
few years ago, but he was hurt in a tragic auto accident
three years ago and this was his first opportunity to
defend his title. Henry donated his winning prize to
the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Here in the picture Henry shows the
Chuy's C&R trophy. Several of those silver names are his
from past years.
The Bill Collector
with 1,650 points. First day: 3 striped marlin released
and 1 dorado; Second day: 1 striper released. The
runner-up was our neighbors Barb and Rod
Albright, who always participate in the tournament.
The Dottie B II
with 1,500 points. First day: 1 blue marlin and 1
42-pound dorado (which won the dorado jackpot); Second
day: 3 sailfish released and 1 dorado. Team members
were Togo Hazard, Gary Mingo, Bob Casey and
The Tuna Jackpot was won
be Erin Hurlbut on the 3 Hermanos with a
Final fish count:
One blue marlin released; 10 striped marlin released;
seven sailfish released; 39 dorado; and five tuna.
It was so good to see
The Goodsell Family and all our returning visitors
and tournament competitors. Just remember the first
weekend in October, 2007. See you then!
I met Suzanna Colyer at the Hotel Buena Vista’s 25th
anniversary party in 2001. Since she’s been traveling
Baja her entire adult life, we share many passions. She
immediately bonded with my family, and has spent every
Thanksgiving and my dad’s birthday with us in Buena
Vista since then. In 2003 we all took a wildlife cruise
from La Paz to Loreto and saw every kind of whale
imaginable (including Orcas!). We spend a few days with
her in Nevada on our way to and from Idaho every summer.
So … yeah …we’re family. This is Suzanna’s favorite
oddball Mexican recipe. It’s spicy, sweet and of course,
chocolaty. It’s definitely unique and a crowd pleaser.
Makes about a dozen brownies.
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup butter
4 large eggs
½ tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
8 large canned jalapeño peppers, minced
¾ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
¼ cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 inch pan.
Melt butter and chocolate chips together in a double
boiler. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with salt until foamy. Add
the sugar and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add
the chocolate butter mixture and stir until just barely
combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until
almost blended. Fold in jalapeños and nuts.
Transfer batter to the prepared pan and bake
until the top forms a cracked crust and the
inside looks slightly moist, about 30 to 35
minutes. Cool, then cut into squares and dust
with powdered sugar.
This recipe (along with all your favorites
the resort) is from Ann Hazard's new book,
Cooking With Baja Magic Dos.
Available online or at our gift shop, this book
offers up the best in Baja cuisine. With 250
recipes, 80 colored illustrations and travel and
adventure stories spanning four generations,
this is a must-have for everyone who loves Baja!
For more great Baja recipes and stories visit