Cabo, Baja California, Mexico

As many of my readers know, our December trip to Mexico was not a pure pleasure but a thorough search for the reason(s) of why Mayans made a mistake in their calendar and why world didn't cease to exist on December 21st. Don't get me wrong, I am glad we are still here, but what made an ancient civilisation to make such a grand mistake, was a question that bothered my mind.

The best way to start the search was to go to the very source of everything, Ground Zero: Mexico. To say the truth, Cabo was not the very heart of Mayan's territory but it was close enough.

So, we left early in the morning, practically sneaked out of the Vancouver while most of the people were still sleeping and after few hours and one change of the plane in SF, we arrived under the warm skies of southern Baja California.

Our search started next morning: we planned to stay for only 8 days so there were no times to waste. We strolled the endless beaches,

watched waves,

rocks,

inspected small animals,

and some bigger ones :left:

We suspected that these guys might know the truth,

because they were hanging on on that rock all the time. But they didn't want to say a word to us. Everything felt like wrapped in a veil of mystery. We knew birds were watching every step we made,

reporting it to someone still hidden to us.

We asked locals, but they were not really willing to talk :left:

Then, we came to conclusion that it might be a Tequila, I mean too much of it, that made shaman (or whatever they called calendar maker back then) drunk and that mistake was an obvious error due to hungover. But, no. Tequila would make you do the weird things :left:

but it could not be a reason for such a terrible mistake. I mean, really, the end of 5,125-year-long cycle was on December 21st, fourth world reached the end of its 13th b'ak'tun, or Mayan date 13.0.0.0.0, but nothing really happened. Why???

It would not be enough to say that we were desperate, but truth remained uncovered. Luckily, there were enough food and drink to calm us. Siesta, you know, really slows you down…


Then, when we almost gave up, the answer came almost by itself.

It was crickets.

Now you might be shaking heads in disbelief, thinking that your friend might be gone crazy after spending too much time under the hot sun without his sombrero, but let me tell you everything. It was crickets, we can't be wrong.

One night, after a whole day of unsuccessful search, tired and sleepy, we came to our hotel room, wanting to calm down and prepare for leave the next day. Suddenly we heard alarm from a nearby back yard, one of those annoying ones with a sound that could not be ignored. And it was persistent, 45 minutes at least, then 15 minutes break and then again. Finally, we didn't have a choice but to call a front desk and complain about it. Receptionist said he will see what could be done and hung up. Ten minutes later he knocked on the door and when we opened, he explained that annoying sound doesn't come from the alarm but from an insect, chapuline he called them. Crickets. He also said that when they are small, their chirping could be quite pleasant (like we didn't know that πŸ™„ ) but some of them could grow up to 5cm – 2 inches and then sound is more like a fire alarm then a gentle chirping. And no, even ear plugs are of no help :ko:

Now, can you imagine a poor shaman, hurrying to make a 5,125-year-long calendar, after spending sleepless night, with eyes red and watering, how possibly he could not make a mistake…

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66 Responses to Cabo, Baja California, Mexico

  1. sanshan says:

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Yes, definitely the crickets….

  2. gdare says:

    πŸ˜‰

  3. Aqualion says:

    Genious. Mystery solved.:DVery good pictures, Darko. New camera or just good luck? I like the one with the rocks. Something about the saturation and the combination of colours that just makes it one of those pictures that you can't stop looking at, just because it is beautiful.Looks like you had a very nice time.

  4. SittingFox says:

    Oh wow, you certainly had an amazing time there. Is that a humpback whale? Love the rock archway. I could spend ages exploring a landscape like that. I've never been to Mexico but have considered it occasionally.

  5. gdare says:

    Martin, it's still my old camera :yes: More than 12000 photos and it's still working fine, even though it was one cheap Canon when I bought it 7 years ago. I am considering buying a new one though, I think a chip in this one is started to show first signs of tiredness.Thanks! :up:Adele, it is a humpback whale. They are in mating activity now and first we saw a couple swimming just about 2km from the shore. Then we went further in the ocean and there was a group of one female and 4 grown up males fighting for her. It was amazing!!! They were very active on the surface even though the main battle was, of course under water.We tried to come closer to El Arco (Archway) but waves were too big and I was having a camera and backpack sit wasn't a smart idea. But we went all the way through that tunnel (look at one of the photos in my album) and that was closest we could get. Thanks πŸ˜€

  6. Suntana says:

    Wooooooo! Too big of a load for my connection. After 4.6 Meg, I had to abort as barely the top of a couple of pictures had loaded.Anyway, allow me to try and clarify the identity of the perturbing perpetrators.DID you actually see the criminal insects who conspired to keep you and San awake? WERE they Crickets? Because if the Receptionist dude called them Chapulines … those are Grasshoppers.Crickets would be GrillosThat is pronounced: GREE-Yos

  7. gdare says:

    Ah, the name might be my mistake, maybe he said grillos but I forgot and later tried to find it on Google. First result I got was this:http://motoadventuregal.com/blog/2010/01/chapulines-mexican-crickets/:faint:And of course I didn't see it. If I did I would terminate its existence the very same moment, we wanted to sleep that night :ninja:

  8. Suntana says:

    For sure, even 1 cricket can make enough noise to annoy you into insanity. As for grasshoppers? Hmmm??? I can't recall being aware that a single grasshopper can make that much noise. Isn't it only when grasshoppers are in a massive huge group that they can make some serious noise?Either way, neither crickets nor grasshoppers will be a meal for me anytime soon.

  9. Suntana says:

    So, do you recall what you ate? Spicy? Scorching?And you no doubt had Mexican Beer for the first time?Then again, who knows? Maybe you've already had it in Canada.

  10. gdare says:

    Food was not THAT spicy as I expected. They were warning us so many times this or that is too hot, to be aware, etc. The truth is both me and San like hot and spicy food. San makes some Indian stuff that will make your eyes tear but none of the food we ate in Mexico was even close to it.We ate a lot of tacos and sea food: red snapper and shrimp, and some other fish I can't remember the name now. We had a breakfast in a small, Mexican family owned hotel: http://thebungalowshotel.com/html/home.htmlAnd it was excellent, a state of art :DAs for beer, Sol and Corona were almost everywhere but I liked Dos Equis and Pacifico the best. Sol and Corona are like paddling in a canoe: too close to water, if you catch my drift πŸ˜›

  11. Furie says:

    I quite like the Nostradamus correlation. He predicted that the world would end with something to do with dancing horses. The date the so-called Mayans apocalypse was due was 21st December and that is the date Gangnam Style hit a Billion views on YouTube. πŸ˜‰ Of course, what the media (who started this apocalypse nonsense in the first place) refused to report was the FACT that a Mayans calendar that goes another 7,000 years into the future has been found in the 1960s. Fifty years they've had to let people know they may have gotten it wrong with their predictions. People have died over this because they kept up the charade.

  12. Suntana says:

    That's good then. You & San don't appear to have been freaked out, grossed out or traumatized by the food down there. Did y'all consider the prices of everything reasonable?Or were they inflated because of it being a tourist magnet down there?

  13. Words says:

    The whale is fabulous, and you got some great sightings of birds as well. Looks like a fantastic trip! Nice theory about the Mayans πŸ˜‰ Have you read 'Ah Pook is Here'?

  14. gdare says:

    Mik, another one? :faint: Ok, we will need to wait another 1875 years to see if the crickets made that shaman insane :PCarlos, I bet that we got gringo price everywhere – or almost everywhere, but it was still ok. A smart thing to do is to avoid Marina where most of the tourists go to shop and eat because prices are even higher :left:Words, I didn't even know about that book :PAs for birds, there is a birds sanctuary in San Jose del Cabo, El Estuario, where we saw herons, egrets, coots, ducks, cormorants and even a buzzard (or some other raptor) catching a fish, but in my eternal wisdom I didn't bring the camera with me πŸ™„

  15. Suntana says:

    Gringo Prices? :eyes:Whoa WHAT? YOU know about Gringos? Or did you barely learn that term there in Mexico?

  16. gdare says:

    I learnt that term while I was a kid. Too many cowboy movies, I guess πŸ˜›

  17. serola says:

    Darko, excllent photography :hat: and a funny story :lol:Originally posted by Furie:

    what the media (who started this apocalypse nonsense in the first place) refused to report was the FACT that a Mayans calendar that goes another 7,000 years into the future has been found in the 1960s.

    Damned media :irked: πŸ˜€ And I so hoped that time would just end and there would be no more hurry anywhere :awww:

  18. sanshan says:

    It was an osprey that caught that fish.

  19. Suntana says:

    Ahhh, that's right. You're a Western movies Buff.The funny thing is that apparently the word doesn't have the exact meaning everywhere. As in the Western movies, the word pretty much refers to the Anglos. Yet over in Chile, South America where my oldest sister has been living … Gringos refers to ANYONE and EVERYONE from the USA.So yeah, over there, my sister is considered and referred to as La Gringa. And she and her husband Los Gringos.And as per one of my MyOpera friends, apparently the same is the case in Venezuela. ANYONE from the USA would be a Gringo. Thus, I would be a Gringo in Venezuela.

  20. gdare says:

    Carlos, even though you are talking Spanish? :left:Sami, thanks, glad you liked it :up:San, ah, I forgot the name :doh:

  21. Aqualion says:

    You can rest assured that the end is coming. I just heard that back in October '12, Russian astronomers discovered a two-mile wide comet coming in our direction, at that time it was passing Saturn. Yup, the hysteria never ends. The comet was named '2012 S1', and you best remember this name, because I predict it will be the talk of the year. It's already been dubbed The Silver Surfer by astronomy buffs, because it is extremely big and like most comets it consists mostly of ice, so the closer it comes to the Sun the brighter it will shine and with a silver hue. According to the chards it will come within a distance of 37 miles form Earth which is sufficient enough to create hysteria. ETA: January 2014. Prepare!

  22. serola says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    According to the chards it will come within a distance of 37 miles form Earth which is sufficient enough to create hysteria.

    :insane: I wonder how they can estimate the distance so accurately :sherlock: That sure is close!

  23. Suntana says:

    Yes, Darko, apparently even though I speak Spanish.

  24. gdare says:

    Martin, Silver Surfer is a positive character, I don't believe he would hurt us :DSami, if it comes that close it might even stay in the orbit :insane:Carlos, that's strange :left:

  25. sanshan says:

    You have to admit Dare, that I at least got 60% off the gringo price. Just wait until we go to China. Then you'll see a professional dickerer in action. :knight:

  26. gdare says:

    Exactly, your way of negotiating is incredible. I think they liked it, too πŸ˜€

  27. Stardancer says:

    Great photos.Glad you two enjoyed your trip.:up:

  28. gdare says:

    Thanks, Star :cheers:

  29. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by serola:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:According to the chards it will come within a distance of 37 miles form Earth which is sufficient enough to create hysteria. I wonder how they can estimate the distance so accurately That sure is close!

    :doh: Sorry! Made a mistake! It is, of course, 37 million miles from Earth. But still enoguh to make people paranoid. Even if the whole thing would probably have melted away before it reaches us. the closer it gets to the Sun, the warmer, and since it consists of ice, it will vaporize. That is what gives comets their tail, vapor and debris from the ongoing melting.;)

  30. thaodp says:

    You two are excellent researchers :up: Now I see why my people didn't choose cricket to be one of the 12 animals in our calendar πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Thanks for sharing another great trip πŸ™‚

  31. serola says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    It is, of course, 37 million miles from Earth.

    That sounds much better :happy: Originally posted by Aqualion:

    the whole thing would probably have melted away before it reaches us. the closer it gets to the Sun, the warmer, and since it consists of ice, it will vaporize. That is what gives comets their tail, vapor and debris from the ongoing melting.

    That may look spectacular :up:

  32. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by serola:

    That may look spectacular

    Yes, in fact it might. That is what the more serious, and – excuse the pun – down-to-earth scientists say. That we don't have to worry. Actually we might be about to witness quite a sepctacle around the date where The Silver Surfer passes Earth. It is the first time in modern history that a comet will go by at a distance where we can actually see it up close. And given its size, it might also be large enough to still be 'alive' when it goes by.

  33. Dacotah says:

    Great post Darko. Awesome photos. Glad you two had a great trip.

  34. serola says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    It is the first time in modern history that a comet will go by at a distance where we can actually see it up close. And given its size, it might also be large enough to still be 'alive' when it goes by.

    I surely hope we have clear nights then πŸ™‚ Last autumn and this winter has been awfully cloudy around here 😦

  35. Dacotah says:

    Welcome Darko :DIt's takes a really long time for this post to load for me also.

  36. gdare says:

    Yeah, I made a mistake and uploaded full size photos instead of resized ones :doh: Now it would take too much time to set it right, maybe I will change only these ones in a post :up:

  37. gdare says:

    Martin and Sami, did any one of you see Hale-Bopp comet in 1997? It was pretty spectacular, I would say :yes:Mit, do you have those beasts too? That big? :insane:Carol, thanks πŸ˜€

  38. Dacotah says:

    πŸ™‚

  39. volkuro says:

    Nice waves, it looks like a fun place to surf! πŸ˜€

  40. thaodp says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Mit, do you have those beasts too? That big?

    Yes, we do πŸ˜† Come to the countryside and you'll see how they are πŸ˜† I think I recorded one of those voices.

  41. gdare says:

    Louis, we were more for snorkeling :cool:Mit, link it to your post or comment, it would be fun to hear πŸ˜€

  42. serola says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Martin and Sami, did any one of you see Hale-Bopp comet in 1997?

    I recall weathers were rather hazy around here at that time. Therefore I was not so impressed :awww:

  43. thaodp says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Mit, link it to your post or comment, it would be fun to hear

    Haha, may be you listened to it already, it's the second link in this post: http://my.opera.com/thaodp/blog/2011/06/24/in-a-rainny-night

  44. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Martin and Sami, did any one of you see Hale-Bopp comet in 1997? It was pretty spectacular, I would say

    I don't recall. I'm pretty sure I might have looked for it, but I don't recall seeing it.

  45. sanshan says:

    I had a most excellent view of it atop the hill in the countryside where I was living at the time.

  46. gdare says:

    I remember seeing it in November 1997. November is usually rainy and cloudy in Belgrade, Serbia but that one day it was crystal clear and comet was visible. Very impressive. It was so far the only comet I've seen without telescope.Mit, I need to set an account there before listening, so I will do it later :up:

  47. PainterWoman says:

    Dos Equis? Did I hear someone say Dos Equis? Great photos Darko. Sounds like you had a great time.

  48. gdare says:

    Pam, Dos Equis it is :beer:We had excellent time. And warm :happy:

  49. gdare says:

    Hm, never heard of it. Will try to find it here in Vancouver. I already found Dos Equis :cheers:

  50. derWandersmann says:

    I prefer Negra Modelo.

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