People often look
at our family’s Baja lifestyle with great envy,
wondering what it’s like running a resort amidst
flowering gardens, a kitchen staff to plan our
menu and cook our meals, a beautiful ocean for a
front yard and miles upon miles of pristine
beach to walk or ride a horse. Yes, our life is
that … and more. The “more” being 20 hour days,
one chore after the other, food orders that
don’t arrive on time, sweating out the worldwide
economy … and more!
A friend of ours
who owned five family-style Italian restaurants
in Southern California put it best when he said,
“Every waitress’s flat tire is my flat tire!”
All of this is by
way of explanation why our newsletter is late.
Over the past months we’ve had the death of a
valued employee [more on this below],
construction and development projects in various
states of completion, storms, escalating
airfares, fuel prices that were out of sight for
a while, plus the ongoing operation of running a
hotel resort complex.
And there were
some days we just had to go fishing!
That might not be
as good an excuse as “the dog ate my homework,”
but it’s the truth! We hope to do better in the
weeks and months ahead. God willing.
Thanksgiving is the
start of the “Holiday Season” and we wish you
the best. Take time to smell the roses – and
the turkey – as you drift from mall to mall.
Don’t forget to drop a buck in the Salvation
Army kettle and a maybe write a little check to
the Red Cross and your favorite animal charity.
They will Bless You … and so will we.
If you’re like most
of us, you wake up to a radio alarm clock made
in China, go to work in a car made in Japan,
drink coffee grown in Brazil and wear clothes
made in Malaysia. Like it or not we are all cogs
in an international world. And as the saying
goes, when the United States sneezes, the rest
of the world gets the flu.
might be on a dusty road in Southern Baja, but
we are feeling the economic hurt like the folks
on Main Street, Wall Street or the Ginza.
Needless to say,
these have been tough times for our resort, our
family, our employees and their families.
Increased airfares hurt us during the summer as
guests that normally came with their families
suddenly found out it was $3,000 or more for
group tickets. Cancel! Guests that normally
came with 10 or 12 buddies for a week, visited
with just two or three for a long weekend.
But we see a
glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. We
have reports of airfares coming back to “normal”
as the price of fuel has dropped. People are
recognizing that a long weekend or a week in
Baja is a sure cure for the blues … and there’s
nothing quite as good for your mind as a fish’s
We will survive.
Join us at life’s little cabaret we call Baja.
What good is
sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret.
The Things We
Did Last Summer …
We hosted the
wedding of José Alonso Castro Olachea and
María Concepción de la Peña from
Miraflores. It is always a pleasure to have such
nice, family-friendly events. Hortencia
once again pulled a bit of magic out of her hat
to make the most of such special occasion.
Chef Andrei prepared a feast ft for newly
weds and dancing was definitely on the menu.
We also had the
wedding of our good friends Joy Lesher
and Mike Mchargue.
They also had a
wonderful beach ceremony, timed perfectly for a
nice Sea of Cortez sunset. After the ceremony,
the bride and groom hosted their reception in
their ocean front patio.
It was an honor to
host our uncle and good old family friend
Lic. Ruben Alejo Arechiga, who was honored
by his Mason chapter in Los Cabos. It was the
highest honor for a Mason in our state, we are
proud of our uncle. He invited some of the
Shriners to visit the hotel and they spend a
We have been
supporting the local kids’ summer camp at the
resort. The local youth summer camp is
organized by Eduerdo Gonzalez, a
Taekwondo instructor, who uses the martial arts
as the basis of the camp. This year there were
about 45 in attendance. After the summer camp
fun and games, they were visited by the regional
sensei, who came for an exhibition and
for the final test of the campers that attained
a higher level. It was very nice to see so many
families together. We are proud to have helped
organized and promoted such a healthy lifestyle
among our kids.
This summer, we
tried something that was quite interesting. We
ran a radio advertising campaign for a short
summer local get-away. We had no idea what kind
of response we’d get, but were pleasantly
surprised at how many old friends returned to
remember the good times they had. What a thrill
to see families that last visited us 10 or 12
years ago return with grown children. And now
we have “new” old friends.
As you know, August
and September is considered by locals as the
best month to fish, so this is when we tend to
invite TV crews and outdoor writers. We hosted
two great TV crews: Dan Hernandez from the West
Coast and Mark Davis who is based in North
Carolina. Fishing is fishing and no matter who
you are sometimes it is good and sometimes is
out of this world, but there are always things
to film. This time the fish cooperated and we
had wonderful programs that should be running
next year, I will keep you posted on the dates.
Groups from near
and far – big and not so big – visited our
little corner of the world. Here are some of
Twenty five guests
joined famous TV host Dan Hernandez on his
annual trip to the East Cape . It is always a
pleasure to host him and his group. He is a down
to earth person and a genuine good guy. If you
can join him in ’09, I assure you that you will
have a great time. This year’s attendees were
Irma and Aureliano Hernandez,
Mikael Gustafson, Maurice Singleton, Mike
Anderson, Laurie and Zane Sand,
Jane and Steve Parker, Karen and Todd
Parker, Julie and Brandon Parker, Al Vega, Tom
Bute, Bill Owens, Peter and Richard Patron, John
Patron and Baldwin Russel, Ed Edwards and Rich
We again hosted 15
friends from Big Bear Lake Rotary Club on their
11th trip to the resort. The group
included Vince Smith, Karl Francis, Darrell
Mulvihill, Ken Turney, Rich Colier, Rick
Baumgartner, Bob Davies, JP, Walter Con, Tom
Hastain, Jim Appelbury, Andy Sturgeon, Veryl
Kelsey, Cliff Fowler and Tony Tamberchi.
DeGennaro East Cape Group
Our good friend
Capt. Dave DeGennaro visited from Barnegat
Bay, NJ again this September. After his visit
last year, he told numerous friends and his
fishing clients from the East Coast to about our
Sea of Cortez fishery. The result was that we
mutually agreed to help promote our resort and
his East Coast charter business. He was joined
by good friends and even though they didn’t have
the fishing they had last year, it was a
terrific time. If you’re ever around the New
Jersey coast and you hanker for a bit of fluke,
flounder or bluefish – in season, of course –
give Dave a call and he’ll get you into a bite.
Among many of our
return guests this past summer were: Diana
and Craig McRae, Francis Frezza and wife on
their second trip of the year; Paul
Cunningham, Ed Nakamura who comes with our
friends at Big Game Fishing, David Hurtado,
Mike Price and Susan Currie
Ewan McDonald who last visited us about
eight years ago, Richard Patron, Bill Owens,
Tom Bunte, Maurice Singlenton, Sherwin Artus and
Sons, John Haase, Donald Knox, Leroy Roper, Bob
Wilkerson, David Scruggs, David Cooper, Mike
Stock, Andy Marcum, James Butler, Pascual
Roberto, David Gaw, Brenda Major, Daniel Kimple,
Cathy Cornek, Tom Linnehan, Paul Cannon, Andrew
Tersteeg, Herbert Frommholz, James Kussel, Greg
Hernandez, Bob Mondin and Ralph Karr, among
many other great friends that visited us this
guests included Roberto Carnevele from
Milan, Italy; Jesus Cervignon and
Iciar Novales from Madrid, Spain, and The
Werner Family from Switzerland.
Thanks to all of you from
the Valdez Family
With Sorrow …
Good friend and
loyal colleague Ignacio “Nacho” Garcia Castro
passed away recently. Nacho was one of our
gardeners, married to Lugarda Cota, the lady in
charge of cleaning the rooms in the South
section of the hotel. It was a tragic and
unexpected loss, and we offer our condolences to
Lugarda and the Castro and Cota Rochin family.
Our garden was
already sad as this year longtime employee –
actually, the first employee at the resort –
Melecio Amador retired, after many years of
taking care of our gardens. Sadly and
tragically, shortly after he retired he was
diagnosed with terminal cancer. And now with
Nacho lost, our garden and our hearts will be
sad for many years to come.