Just a note...one person is notably missing here, it's Don
Cantrell. We looked after his trailer in San Jose for 2 months while
he was working in Figi and Indonesia during July and August. He
was a diver licensed to 500 ft. depth...worked for Oceanic Research,
exploration and other projects (even the Florida Value Jet crash). He
was an ex-Seattle cop and professional musician. Benny's mom found him
dead in his trailer in early November. What a shock. He's 7 years
younger than I am, had just retired here, sold his business and was making a
few final contract dives around the world. He was going to train us in
SCUBA and certify us this fall. He's about 6'4"...was getting a
few aches and pains, but seemed healthy. His death was very
suspicious...he was found strangled to death in his trailer...we're still
waiting on decent autopsy results from the States. The Mexican
authorities didn't want to release his body back to the States. I have
to search through my pictures or borrow some of him to put on this site.
NICHELLE - This
picture was taken at a going away party at Mark and Umparo Bender's club
It's in a beautiful spot with a
view of the "Cabo" rocks (see: Cabo
Pictures of other people at Bender's party
(click on each heading name):
was the guest of honour at the party as she and her family were moving
back to the States. She is a recent sister.
Bender (Mark Bender's wife) - was born in Chile where she met
Mark. She speaks perfect English. Mark spent most of his
childhood in Chile because of his father's work. They have 2 sons,
Jacob and Dillon and 2 daughters, Ali and Stephanie.
Bender (See above) and David Pinto - David and Judy Pinto
are from Ventura California. They have a son Dennis with them who is
recuperating from a serious injury. Judy is also a new sister.
Pinto (see above) - We haven't found out where Judy is from
yet, she's also a new sister. She has a son Dennis who is apparently
recovering from a serious accident which caused some brain damage. I
have to get a picture of him yet.
Gagnon - and his wife Debbie are from Sacramento. They have 2 sons
Joshua and Seth.
Lawrence - is from Mexico City. Her father is a Gringo and her
Valazquez - and his wife Yvonne are from Carpentaria,
California. They've lived here for several years.
Valdez and Adrian Lopez - Javier and his wife Colleen own
and operate the Cabo News. Javier is from La Paz and Colleen
from Calgary. They have a son, Jason. Adrian is from
Guadalajara but lived 2 years in Toronto. His wife Katy is from
Villavicencio - is from Mexico City but lived for several years in
Las Vegas. His parents are still there.
Doreen with Dolly Tamayo - Shopping at the Guayamitas flea market.
see another picture of: Guayamitas
More Pictures of Doreen and a few of Nichelle and Frank
with Rafael Morley and her giant Cabrilla (Grouper) - While I'm
out working hard with a spear gun, Doreen is playing in the waves.
What does she see caught in the surf but this! She grabbed it by the
tail and manhandled it onto the beach where a group of amazed onlookers
gathered around...then one of them grabbed it a took off with it, Doreen
following behind demanding that he give it back. They came a got me
out of the water (confused). A bit later Rafael came along got the
story, told the guy what he did was wrong...filleted it, gave the thief the
head, centre-bone and some meat. It was delicious! We figured
it was hurt by a longliner fishing boat out at sea, came near shore looking
to hide in rock but got caught in a strong surf that it couldn't
fight. That was probably over $350 worth of fish.
with a giant Mastiff - As big as this dog looks, Doreen is in
front of him here so I still didn't capture his size. It's the
biggest head on a dog I've ever seen
with Ben Zwaryck - This was a day shopping in downtown San Jose with
and Nichelle Todos Santos - In front of a hat and souvenir shop.
and Ben Zwaryck at the new construction site - Ben is partnered with
his dad in a construction company. We had our trailer at this project
site prior to and during construction. He did a lot of prep work
before things got started.
with Pat our Skipper - After I helped Pat paint his boat,
he took us out on fishing expedition. We hooked and lost a Dorado (Mahi-Mahi)
and saw six foot Marlin. Pat is 17 and has been taking fishing
tours out in his own boat since he was 14. He's born in Canada, but
his mother who is studying, is from South Africa. They have an
and Nichelle (hiding) - This was in Don's trailer at Las Brisas RV Park
in San Jose after a long day. Nichelle never likes having her picture
with a Red Snapper - The Baja and in particular the Sea of Cortez is
one of the richest fishing zones in the world. It has virtually every
kind of Pacific fish and more. This was a good catch, the best eating
fish there is. Spearing is great...you get exactly what you want, no
throwbacks. I think I speared it at Nopolo near Loreto.