Thursday, March 12, 2009

Can You Read My Lips?

The above picture needs a little explanation. (Smile!) My husband and I are currently in Los Cabos, Mexico for a much needed vacation, our first in four years.! Traveling to different country poses some challenges with the different languages when one only speaks English. Here in Mexico, the natives speak Spanish as well as some basic English words. For someone like me, who is fluent in “speech reading,” it is hard to read lips when English is a second language because the natives don't move their lips to form their words in English. Steve understands when I cannot and is very good about translating for me. I’m thankful that I do not have to travel alone!

But, this week was a challenge when we decided to take the Cactus ATV tour in Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico. Before we started the three-hour tour, we were all outfitted with bandanas that covered our noses and mouths, goggles, helmets, and Honda ATV’s! Everyone’s faces were completely covered, including our guide’s, to keep the sand and dust from getting in. I could not even attempt to try to understand our guide’s muffled broken English with the Mexican accent but was able to manage just by watching him and the others. Luckily, I had a 350cc automatic Honda All-Terrain vehicle and it was pretty easy to figure out and drive.
We had fun driving through the desert, mountains, canyons, and streams. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, especially when we got to Migrino Beach. The huge waves in the Pacific Ocean were just beautiful as we rode along three miles of the spectacular dunes, cliffs, and white sandy beaches.
View from my ATV
I took it all in and just rode my ATV, with the wind blowing in my face. My very favorite sound is the sound of the ocean as the water ebbs and flows along the beach & rocks.
Migrino Beach & Pacific Ocean
Desert Sunset

More posts to come soon! Adios!


Anonymous said...

I Love Cabo! I can sympathize with the language problem though. One of the funniest experiences we had while there last time was trying to get information out of a local fishmonger when their next fresh load of dorado was coming in. Sometimes sign language works best! Looks like you had fun there. :-)

Rusty said...

LOL I love it ~~ Beautiful pics !!! Love your sand screen ~~ Enjoy !!